Harden’s revival carries Philly, Dallas upsets Phoenix again

The results of the night in the NBA

Suns @ mavs : 101-111
Heat @ Sixers : 108-116

Phoenix Suns-Dallas Mavericks: 2-2

Dirty night for Chris Paulwho in addition to being bothered by fouls throughout the game, then ejected on the 6th at the start of the 4th quarter, witnessed an incident between a fan and his family in the stands.

Ah, and incidentally, the Suns lost in Game 4 in Dallas and are tied before hosting Game 5 at home…

The setbacks of CP3 (5 points, 7 assists in 23 minutes) obviously weighed heavily on this meeting, but we must salute the very good collective copy of the Mavs. The Texans limited the defending finalists to around 100 points, including a big performance from Dorian Finney-Smith on both sides of the field: 24 points, his record in the NBA playoffs, at 8/12 from 3 points, with 8 rebounds and strong actions in defense as he is used to.

Luka Doncic brought him 26 points, 11 assists and 7 rebounds, not without having experienced some difficulties in terms of address (9/25). Without Chris Paul, Phoenix could not reign over the 4th quarter as Monty Williams’ men usually do. On the contrary, we saw those of Jason Kidd hold on and deserve their victory, thanks to a 3-point festival (20 baskets).

Frank Ntilikina played 3 minutes off the bench for 3 points (he got his only outside shot), 2 rebounds and 1 steal.

Miami Heat – Philadelphia Sixers: 2-2

We had buried the Sixers a bit, us first, after the first two games lost in Miami and the injury of Joel Embiid. Serious mistake. Philadelphia has just tied at 2-2 by winning Game 4 at home. The signals are green for the men of Doc Rivers, who withstood a game to 40 points from Jimmy Butlerwhile enjoying the very good matches of their flagship tandem.

Because yes, this is the main information around this success of the Sixers. James Harden showed his best face for a long time in this game. Technically fluid, dexterous and more physically intense, the 2018 NBA MVP was decisive, putting up 31 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds at 6/10 from 3 points. His 16 points in the 4th quarter discouraged the Floridians’ attempt to come back.

This revving – yes offense – was necessary for Harden, who cannot decently let Embiid go into battle when he should be taking care of his face, without supporting him as best he can.

Philadelphia foiled the Heat’s plans, with a Joel Embiid who also seems to be gaining momentum or in any case regaining his comfort and confidence in his movements and what he is capable of doing on the pitch. The Cameroonian scored 24 points and took 11 rebounds, making the presence of Bam Adebayo on him in defense almost invisible.

Butler held Miami on his shoulders, but that wasn’t enough to make up for the Heat’s lack of energy and overall response. The return of the series to South Beach should do good for Erik Spoelstra’s troupe, even if this series is more revived than ever.

Ja Morant out for Game 4, info or intox?

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