Heat vs. Sixers | 2022 NBA Playoffs: Jimmy Butler shines in Philadelphia as Heat advances to Eastern Conference final
Mdone for heat, Jimmy Butler was inspired by his former teamI didn’t want to risk going back to Miami for the seventh game, So they ended the Sixers season to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.
“I am where I belong now,” Butler admitted. “Where I think I should have been a long time ago.” Butler scored 32 points and bid farewell to the Philadelphia fans to lead the Miami Heat to the Eastern Conference Finals with a 99-90 victory. Thursday in a game of 6 against the 76ers.
The Heat will now face the series winner between Milwaukee and Boston. The defending champion Bucks top the series 3-2 heading into Game 6 on Friday in Milwaukee.
The Heat reached the conference finals for the second time in three years, once again Butler leads the team. Philadelphia fans—and many within the organization—still couldn’t believe the franchise let Butler go after the 2019 season. He wasted no time in scoring 14 points, shooting a 6-for-9 off the field in the third quarter when the Heat took control with a 16-2 run.
“I think he’s one of the best competitors in his career,” Heat coach Eric Spoelstra said. “He’s been brilliant in the whole series. The challenges are only getting tougher here. He saw he had a chance to finish tonight and wouldn’t let it tie.”
NBA champion Joel Embiid scored 20 points with Philadelphia while shooting 7 for only 24. After winning 35 points in Game 5, the Heat weakened the Sixers. Embiid looked tired as he tried to carry the equipment. He was unable to jump and saw his long shot saved by Pam Adebayo in the third game.
James Harden scored all 11 of his points in the first half. He lost four balls and scored four field goals.