THE BALL – Heat ahead in the conference final (NBA)

The Miami Heat went on to win the NBA Eastern Conference Finals beating the Boston Celtics, 118-107. Playing at home, the Florida team even went out at halftime with an eight-point deficit (54-62) on the scoreboard, however, Jimmy Butler got fired up for a strong second-half performance in scoring in the third and fourth periods a total of 27 points. , closing the encounter with 41.

He added nine rebounds, five assists, four steals and three blocks, becoming the sixth player after Anthony Davis, Hakeem Olajuwon, David Robinson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Harden to reach that record in a single game. Butler, however, was the first to do so in the play-off matches.

Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, with 29 and 24 points respectively, were the leading scorers for the Celtics, who lost control of the game in the third period (14-39), where they only managed to make two of 15 attempts tempted. .

The second game of the meeting, played in the best of seven games, is scheduled for next Friday morning, still at the FTX Arena in Miami.

However, the Orlando Magic ended up with the first pick of the 2022 draft, which is slated for June 23. The drawing of lots determined the following order of choice:

1. Orlando Magic
2. Oklahoma City Thunder
3. Houston Rockets
4. Kings of Sacramento
5. Detroit Pistons
6. Indiana Pacers
7. Portland Trail Blazers
8. Los Angeles Lakers (traded to New Orleans Pelicans)
9. San Antonio Spurs
10. Wizards of Washington
11. New York Knicks
12. LA Clippers (traded to Oklahoma City Thunder)
13. Charlotte’s Hornets
14. Cleveland Cavaliers

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