As the Heat handed the Hawks a second loss in two games, the Grizzlies rallied against the Timberwolves. The Pelicans, meanwhile, surprised the Suns on their home floor to return to a tie in the series.
The Heat held their rank. After a one-sided first run last weekend, the Florida franchise players had a less quiet evening in order to take a bigger advantage in the series. Indeed, if the Hawks stood up to their opponents, it was during the entire first half. Thanks to a much less discreet Trae Young (25 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists) and Bogdan Bogdanovic (29 points), Atlanta was able to erase a difficult start to the game to race in the lead for most of the second quarter. and even rally the locker room with only two points behind. But Jimmy Butler (25 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists) and the Heat had another idea in mind and significantly raised their voices as soon as they returned to the floor. Pressing hard at the start of the third quarter, the Floridians quickly exceeded the ten-point lead before reaching their maximum lead of sixteen lengths at the start of the last twelve minutes. Back to the wall, the Hawks then reacted with a 12-0 to get back into the game but never managed to do better. The Heat’s 9-0 in the final moments of the game was the coup de grace. Miami won by ten lengths (115-105) and strengthened its position before going to Georgia for the next two duels.
The Grizzlies have learned their lesson
If the Heat knew how to make the break, the Grizzlies knew how to respond to the Timberwolves. Beaten to everyone’s surprise on their floor during the first round, the Memphis players showed a completely different face to reset the counters before joining Minneapolis. Indeed, if the first twelve minutes gave hope for a tight encounter, with the teammates of Anthony Edwards (20 points, 6 rebounds) and Karl-Anthony Towns (15 points, 11 rebounds) who held off the Grizzlies, it didn’t last very long. From the second quarter, Taylor Jenkins’ players began to take matters into their own hands, with an eleven-point mattress at halftime. Ja Morant (23 points, 9 rebounds, 10 assists) and the collective of Minnesota, with seven players above the ten points scored, made the difference. A 17-4 from the start of the third quarter set the tone and the gap then continued to grow to approach the 30-point mark. If the Timberwolves then tried to react, this bar was cheerfully frank during the last twelve minutes. Finally, the Grizzlies washed away the affront of the first game with a success suffering no dispute (124-96) and the series between the two formations is restarted.
Pelicans upset Suns, who lose Booker
Best team of the regular season, the Suns will not sweep the Pelicans in the first round of the play-offs! If the first inning saw Phoenix take advantage of the home court advantage, New Orleans responded tit for tat in the second. A meeting that went through several phases, with the two teams exchanging the lead. While the Suns, led by Devin Booker (31 points), got off to the best start, the Pelicans hung on to take the lead before the conclusion of the first quarter. The opposite scenario then occurred in the second, allowing Phoenix to join their locker room with a five-point lead, thanks to a final three-point shot from Devin Booker. But the latter could not go to the end of the meeting. Visibly affected in the hamstrings in a duel with Jaxson Hayes (9 points), he gave up his place to immediately join the locker room. An incident which undoubtedly affected more than expected by the bench of the Suns, who lost the thread of the meeting. Led by seven points twelve minutes from the end of the game, Phoenix found ways to come back before exploding at the very end of the match. Ending the duel with a 7-1, the Pelicans won by eleven lengths (114-125) and revived the suspense in the series.
BASKETBALL – NBA / PLAY-OFFS
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Miami Heat – Atlanta Hawks: 115-105 >>> The Heat lead 2-0 in the series
> Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot (ATL): 0 points and 2 fouls in 3 minutes
Memphis Grizzlies – Minnesota Timberwolves: 124-96 >>> 1 victory everywhere in the series
> Killian Tillie (MEM) did not play
Phoenix Suns- New Orleans Pelicans : 114-125 >>> 1 victory everywhere in the series