The miracle of the 8th seed happened.
The Miami Heat won 96-92스포츠토토 against the New York Knicks in Game 6 of the 2nd round of the 2023 NBA Playoffs held at the Kaseya Center in Miami on the 13th (Korean time).
Miami advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals last season as the No. 1 seed. This season has been different. Miami headed for the play-in tournament, suffering from bad news such as ups and downs in performance and injuries to players.
After earning the No. 8 seed in the play-in tournament, Miami faced the No. 1 seed Milwaukee Bucks in the first round. A situation where Miami’s inferiority was expected. However, Miami overwhelmed Milwaukee and advanced to the second round with a series record of 4-1.
Their second round opponent is the 5th seed New York Knicks. However, New York couldn’t stop Miami’s run. At its center was Jimmy Butler. Butler showed off his versatility with an average of 24.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.5 assists in the series until this day, leading the series to 3-2.
It was the same on this day. Butler was responsible for the win, recording 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The field goal success rate was only 31.8% (7/22), but he tried 11 free throws and made 10.
With this, Miami confirmed their advance to the Conference Finals for the second consecutive season. They also became the first eighth-seeded team to reach the conference finals since New York in 1999.
“We’re one step closer to our goal,” Butler said in a post-game interview. “We have eight more wins to go. I’m proud of all the players who played hard tonight.”
Kyle Lowry, who came off the bench that day and showed great performance with 11 points, 4 rebounds, 9 assists and 3 steals, showed respect for Ace Butler.
“We have a great culture. We also have great coaches and players and Jimmy Butler. I respect Butler,” Lowry said.
Jaylen Brunson of New York, who bombed 41 points on the day and chilled Miami, said, “We have to show more respect to Miami. They didn’t play like the 8th seed. I couldn’t believe it. I really respect Miami and the players.” do,” he said.