‘Hopefully he got a big tip’ – Curry bemoans vendor trip in Warriors Game 3 win

Luka Doncic said he is “still learning”, with his 40-point haul not enough to prevent the Dallas Mavericks from going 3-0 down in the Western Conference Finals series to the Golden State Warriors.

The 109-100 defeat in American Airlines Center means the Mavs have the unlikely task of needing to win the next four games in a row to make the NBA finals.

Doncic top scored in the game, while also making 11 rebounds, three assists and two blocks, but felt he did not play well enough in the first half.

Spencer Dinwiddie (26) and Jalen Brunson (20) offered assistance but the hosts just could not keep up with the Warriors, with Stephen Curry coming away with 31 points and 11 assists.

“I’m still learning,” Doncic said after the game. “I think the first two quarters, I played very bad. That’s on me. But I’m still learning. I think after this season is done, whatever we are, I think we’re going to look back and learn a lot of things.

“It’s my first time in the Conference Finals in the NBA. I’m 23, man. I’m still learning a lot.”

Despite Doncic’s concerns about the first two quarters, it was the third where the game got away from Dallas, with the Warriors extending their half-time lead of one point to 10 points by the start of the fourth quarter.

However, the Slovenian praised the Warriors for their form and credited their development as a team over recent years.

“I think the Warriors are playing incredible,” he added. “Everybody knows their role. Everybody just stays together.

“They’re a long-built team. They’ve been together for a long time, and I think they’re playing good basketball, so that’s what I think is going to be really difficult. And these past three games, it’s been very difficult.”

Mavs head coach Jason Kidd offered similar thoughts, and insisted his team are just at the start of their “journey”.

“This is just the beginning of this journey,” Kidd said. “I know you guys had us winning the championship before the season started, and that’s a joke if you didn’t get it. But this is a lot bigger than just this one game or this one series. This is huge for our franchise because none of you guys had us here.

“So it’s cool to go through this, and we’re going against… you can call them a dynasty. They have three great players who will be hall of famers, and this is a great lesson learned from us.

“This isn’t the end. This is just the beginning.”

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'Hopefully he got a big tip' – Curry bemoans vendor trip in Warriors Game 3 win – Stadium Astro

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How Hwang Dong-hyuk’s ‘Squid Game’ Proved Potential Of Non-English TV – Deadline

First, there was Parasite, shaking up the global film sector and snatching Oscar glory. Then, there was Squid Game.

It’s been quite the three years for content from Korea, a nation that has long had an outstanding reputation for producing top quality entertainment that had nonetheless struggled to travel beyond Asia, with some exceptions. That changed in earnest last September when Hwang Dong-hyuk’s Squid Game launched, breaking records that none could have thought breakable and stealing the zeitgeist in a way that no show has done in recent memory. If you didn’t know someone dressing up as a Squid Game character for Halloween, you probably weren’t invited to a Halloween party.

Hwang is in a reflective mood after a whirlwind half year during which time his show has shaken up the global TV landscape, sending him from relative unknown outside his home nation to being told by Steven Spielberg: “I want to steal your brain.”

“I feel like I’ve been swept by the Niagara Falls over the course of the last six months and fallen off a cliff,” he says. “To have such compliments from Steven Spielberg was completely beyond my imagination. I still can’t work out whether this is real or I’m daydreaming.”

The success of Squid Game may have happened at lightning speed, but getting from idea to greenlight took a little longer. As an avid comic book reader in the late 2000s “without a penny” in his pocket, Hwang took to reading stories about people risking their lives for money. “If I was asked to participate in one of those games back then, I probably would have,” he says. “As a creator that led me to thinking how I would design such a game. So, I started building the story and made a survivor game. I’m not that smart or physically strong so decided to make simple games; games for kids.”

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From left, Jung Ho-yeon and Jae-Sup Choi.

Hwang was fascinated by the contrast of people risking their lives on simple games they hadn’t thought about since they were children, and he spent a year working on a feature film version of what was to eventually become Squid Game. But back then, there was no appetite for such a violent feature and, after pitching to several places, Hwang put his script away in a drawer and worked on other projects.

Fast-forward seven years and Netflix’s Korean launch provided the environment for Squid Game that Hwang had been craving. The streamer was commissioning local content on a global scale in multiple different languages and happy to go to very dark places with the tone of its shows. Squid Game the feature film became Squid Game the 10-part TV series and Hwang had his greenlight.

He is completely measured about having to wait so long for his passion project to reach the screen and cites a second reason why it needed time. “This story feels much more realistic in 2021 than in 2011,” he says. “People’s survival feels more threatened now. We have seen the gap between the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ grow due to Covid, so given these global circumstances, I can see why people are more immersed in this story and it is resonating.”

Hwang is full of praise for the autonomy with which Netflix let him go about his business (“I was able to do things in the freest way,” he insisted), but the deal that secured the show has been publicly decried for failing to secure the creator a bonus for the millions of subs it attracted to the service.

Reports have valued the show’s impact value at almost $1 billion for the service and yet it only cost $20 million to produce, a steal for the streamer. If he had his time again, Hwang says he would “absolutely no matter what” have struck a deal that would have allowed him to keep some of the show’s IP.

“I’ll get compensation as I have achieved success and can do something bigger as my next step, but if I could go back to the table then I would have made sure it was an IP-sharing deal,” he says.

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Lee Byung-hun is the Frontman in Netflx’s Squid Game.

Netflix is no stranger to this form of criticism. British multi-hyphenate Michaela Coel famously walked away from a multimillion-dollar Netflix deal for global breakout I May Destroy You that would have left her with no IP. That show ended up with the BBC and HBO, and the rest, as they say, is history. But unsure of its potential success, Hwang signed the deal and Squid Game has become what it has become, at one point sitting atop Netflix’s most-watched list in 94 countries.

Just how did Hwang crack the global market in a way no creator has done before? He ponders the question for a long while before positing three important factors: “Overcoming the barriers of language and culture with a simple and visual message”; “focusing on the emotional aspect of the characters”; and playing with familiar colors and shapes that are “intuitively understandable”.

On the first point, he elaborates: “The games are very simple, they are kids’ games, so regardless of how old you are you can understand the rules in 20 seconds. Whether it be Red Light, Green Light or Tug of War, everyone has experience of one of these games, so I wanted to build on the memories of so many people around the world.”

A focus on characters’ emotions eschewed the need to make the games more complicated, he adds, pointing to viewers’ strong connection with many of these characters, whether in the form of adoration towards lead character Seong Gi-hun (played by Lee Jung-jae) or hatred targeted at arch-villain Jang Deok-su (Heo Sung-tae).

“I also wanted familiar colors and shapes, with a focus on pinks, circles, triangles,” he says of the third factor. “They are used intuitively to set the hierarchy of the show’s characters.”

The show’s success has helped contribute to a blossoming Korean culture around the world, not just in TV and film but also K-pop, Hwang says. He expects this sensation to continue for a long time as the world works its way back through the archives of TV shows, films and music that have been popular at home for many years.

The world is obsessed with what Hwang will do next and, although the deal is still not signed, he is putting much of his mental energy into Squid Game Season 2. “Season 1’s success has given me an immense amount of pressure and I am having nightmares about the reception for Season 2 not being so good,” he admitted candidly.

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Hwang says he is formulating ideas and thinking of new games and characters to introduce to the show, and the first run was left with plenty of unanswered questions. He is targeting a Halloween 2024 launch and confirmed to Deadline recently that fan favorite Gi-hun will return along with the shadowy Front Man, played by Lee Byung-hun.

Away from the franchise, Hwang is developing a feature inspired by a novel by revered Italian essayist Umberto Eco, with the working title Killing Old Man’s Club. He has teased this project as “even more violent” than Squid Game but won’t detail further.

On the lighter side, Hwang revealed exclusively that he is working on a comedy provisionally titled The Best Show on the Planet, a satire based on his personal experience of forging an overnight global hit.

As for the legacy of Squid Game, along with non-U.S./U.K. Netflix breakouts including Spain’s La Casa de Papel and France’s Lupin, Hwang believes the show could be one of the founding programs to tip the global content balance from English language to non-English language.

“There are untapped parts of the world that don’t speak English and you only have to think of their market size,” he says. “These are huge, growing populations. Non-English titles can’t reach the level of English titles yet due to a lack of investment, but if the trend continues then I personally think there will come a point when non-English language content goes beyond English language content.”

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Mavericks vs. Suns – Game Recap – May 15, 2022

PHOENIX — — It was no surprise when Luka Doncic looked ready for Game 7, calmly draining his first three shots to give the Dallas Mavericks an early lead.

The stunner came over the next two hours: The top-seeded Phoenix Suns had no response.

Doncic scored 35 points, Spencer Dinwiddie added 30 and the Mavericks blitzed the Suns with a 123-90 knockout Sunday night, advancing to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2011.

“A lot of people said it would be a blowout,” Mavs coach Jason Kidd said with a grin. ”They were right.”

Of course, it wasn’t Dallas that was supposed to win on Sunday. The home team won the first six games of the series, but the Mavs broke through, dominating in a hostile environment from start to finish. Conversely, it was an embarrassing no-show for the playoff-tested Suns — who advanced to the NBA Finals last season with a very similar roster.

“We played all season to be in this situation,” Suns guard Chris Paul said. “It didn’t work out for us.”

The fourth-seeded Mavericks travel to face Golden State in Game 1 on Wednesday.

“I can’t get this smile off my face,” Doncic said. “I’m just really happy. Honestly, I think we deserved this.”

Doncic earned the Mavs an early lead, making his first three shots, including two 3-pointers. That helped Dallas push to a 27-17 advantage in the first quarter and a whopping 57-27 cushion at the halftime break.

Doncic and Dinwiddie, who came off the bench, combined to pour in 48 of the Mavericks’ 57 points. Doncic’s 27 points in the first half matched the Suns’ team total.

Game 7 drama? Not in the desert.

“It’s still kind of shocking,” Dinwiddie said.

Simply put, the Suns looked overwhelmed by the pressure of a Game 7. They missed shots they usually make, made bad passes they usually don’t make and looked nothing like the team that won an NBA-best 64 games during the regular season.

“That group has a lot of character and integrity and I know how bad they wanted it,” Suns coach Monty Williams said. “We just could not execute tonight. Couldn’t make a shot early, that messed with us a little bit and Dallas played their tails of from start to finish.”

By halftime, many Suns fans were booing at the unsightly display.

The series might have been close but the individual games usually were not. Three of the first six games were decided by at least 20 points and none of the games came down to the final possession.

Game 7 followed a similar pattern, except the team doing all the damage was the road team. The Mavs led this one by 46 points.

Doncic was fantastic, making shots from all over the floor and finishing 12 of 19 from the field, including 6 of 11 on 3s. He also got some help: Dinwiddie was stellar in the first half with 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including 4 of 5 from 3-point range.

They became the eighth pair of teammates to score 30 points in a Game 7, the first since Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant in 2002.

Meanwhile, Phoenix’s All-Star backcourt of Paul and Devin Booker was never a factor. The 37-year-old Paul is a 12-time All-Star that has done just about everything possible in the game except win a championship.

After this setback, it’s fair to wonder if there will be many more opportunities. Booker finished with 11 points and shot 3 of 14. Paul had 10 points and four assists. The Suns shot just 37.9% from the field.

“You could see some of the pressure was on them early,” Kidd said. “They missed some shots they normally make.”

Dallas beat the odds with the win: After the Celtics defeated the Bucks earlier Sunday, the home team was 110-33 (77%) in NBA Game 7s.

It’s the second straight year the Suns have lost a playoff series after having a 2-0 lead. They won the first two games against the Bucks in the NBA Finals last season before losing four straight games.


Mavericks: Doncic and Dinwiddie were the first teammates to have at least 20 points in a half in Game 7 since Patrick Ewing and Allan Houston did it for the Knicks in 1997, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

Suns: Phoenix shot just 6 of 23 (26.1%) from the field in the first quarter. … The Suns hosted another sellout crowd at Footprint Center. Celebrities in attendance included baseball great Alex Rodriguez and rapper Lil’ Wayne. … The Suns are the second team in NBA history to win at least 64 games in the regular season and not make the conference finals. The other was the Mavericks in 2007. … Phoenix has still never won a title since coming into the league in 1968. … Deandre Ayton played just 18 minutes and finished with five points and four rebounds. When asked about Ayton’s lack of playing time, Williams responded “It’s internal.” Ayton did not speak to the media postgame.


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Williams has 27, Celtics make 22 3s in Game 7 rout of Bucks

BOSTON (AP) — Grant Williams scored a career-high 27 points and hit seven 3-pointers, Jayson Tatum added 23 and the Boston Celtics set a Game 7 record with 22 3-pointers to eliminate the NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks 109-81 on Sunday in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Boston will face top-seeded Miami beginning Tuesday in a rematch of the 2020 East finals. The Heat beat the Celtics in six games in that series at Walt Disney World.

The Celtics trailed early but outscored the Bucks 61- 38 in the second half to cruise to the victory. Boston used a whopping 54-point advantage from behind the arc to improve to 25-9 in decisive seventh games.

The Bucks are now 3-9. They went 4 for 33 (12.1%) from the 3-point line. That’s the second-worst 3-point percentage in a playoff game ever (minimum 30 attempts).

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 25 points, 20 rebounds and nine assists. But he was just 3 of 11 in the paint in the second half, including 1 for 6 the fourth quarter. Jrue Holiday added 21 points and eight assists. Brook Lopez finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Williams finished 7 for 18 behind the arc as the Celtics finished the comeback after dropping Game 5 at home to fall into a 3-2 hole.

Boston started the second half on an 11-4 run to open a 59-47 lead.

It was 63-53 when Tatum went to the bench after being whistled for his fourth foul. But the Celtics rallied without him, outscoring the Bucks 16-11 the rest of the quarter to take a 79-64 lead to the fourth.

The Bucks led the entire first quarter as Antetokounmpo scored or assisted on 24 of Milwaukee’s 26 first-quarter points.

He ended the period with 10 points, eight rebounds and six assists to help the Bucks grab a 26-20 lead.

Boston began to claw back in the second quarter, drawing a third foul on Bobby Portis at the 8:49 mark. TV cameras showed him tossing his goggles as he went to the bench area. He’d been wearing the goggles since suffering a right eye abrasion in Game 2 of Milwaukee’s first-round series against the Bulls.

With Portis on the bench, the Celtics took their first lead of the game on a dunk by Al Horford that punctuated a 12-2 run.

Boston led 45-43 in the final minute of the half when Tatum was called for an offensive foul on Grayson Allen – Tatum’s third foul of the game.

Following an unsuccessful challenge by Celtics coach Ime Udoka, the teams exchanged misses. But after Smart’s steal near midcourt, Antetokounmpo fouled Smart as he attempted a last-second, 3-point heave.

Smart connected on each of his three free throws to give Boston the 48-43 halftime lead.

Celtics center Robert Williams III was available to play after missing three straight games with soreness and a bone bruise in his surgically repaired left knee. But he didn’t play.


Bucks: There was a pregame moment of silence held for the victims of mass shootings this past week in Milwaukee and Buffalo. … F Khris Middleton missed his 10th straight playoff game with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee. … Milwaukee missed their final 11 3-point attempts of the first half.

Celtics: Were 9 of 22 from the 3-point line in the first half. … Patriots team owner Robert Kraft sat courtside, along with Patriots quarterback Mac Jones and receiver Kendrick Bourne.


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Warriors turn to spectators with all eyes on Suns vs. Mavs Game 7

SAN FRANCISCO — Draymond Green, according to his Instagram story, enjoyed the weather of a beautiful Saturday in San Francisco, one day after having a huge helping hand in ending the Memphis Grizzlies’ season and sending his Warriors to the Western Conference finals.

Juan Toscano-Anderson asked fans for their best brunch spot in The City, and there’s no doubt Klay Thompson soaked in the clear skies. The Warriors earned an off day, and certainly should have taken advantage of a weekend at home during these playoffs. 

Now, Warriors players, coaches and front office members alike join Dub Nation with one central focus on Sunday. All eyes and ears turn to the best two words in sports: Game 7. 

The Phoenix Suns, the best team in the NBA all season long, host the Dallas Mavericks for one final game of the semifinals Sunday night at Footprint Center to determine who has a date with the Warriors in the West finals. 

“I love watching playoffs games all year,” Thompson said Friday night after the Warriors’ 110-96 win in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals. “I love the playoffs. It’s when guys bring out their best ball and there are some studs on both teams, so it’s going to be — I’m going to do my due diligence watching and I’m going to try and scout two great teams.”


Whoever wins Sunday night between the Suns and Mavs doesn’t just determine who the Warriors face next, it also determines Golden State’s travel plans, too. If the Suns send the Mavs home, the Warriors will hop on a plane for a flight to Phoenix on Tuesday, with the series beginning Wednesday. But if the Mavs pull off the upset, the Warriors get the gift of more nights in their own bed and would host the first two games at Chase Center. 

That’s big for a few reasons. 

First for this Suns-Mavs series, there has been one constant: The home team has won every game. That means the Suns come out victorious on Sunday night, right? This is Game 7, go ahead and bet with your eyes closed. 

The Suns and Mavs aren’t alone there, too. The Warriors have won all six of their home playoff games so far. Their three losses have been on the road. Without tip-toeing around it, the crowd and atmosphere at Chase Center was much better Friday night for Game 6 compared to the Warriors’ Game 4 win. 

Players could feel it, too. Especially after coming back from a lively, hostile fanbase in Memphis that always brought the energy.

“We’ve all talked about the home-court advantage and how this isn’t Oracle and you have to reestablish that home court, and I think we are doing a good job of it,” Green said after Game 6. “But our fans were absolutely incredible tonight. It took everything we had to win that game, including the fan support and the noise that was in the arena.”

That can’t be a one-time thing, or even a two-time thing. The Warriors had the second-best home record (31-10) in the regular season, behind only the Suns (32-9). But the Suns also went 32-9 on the road, which was five wins better than the next-best road team, the Philadelphia 76ers, and 10 wins better than the Warriors’ 22-19 road record. 

The Warriors in the regular season went 2-2 against the Suns, splitting games at home and in the desert. They were 1-1 vs. the Mavs, with their only win being a 38-point blowout in San Francisco. The moral of the story? Home-court advantage matters in the playoffs, and the Warriors know they have to be better and play a cleaner brand of basketball — no matter who their next foe might be. 

“It’s been pretty entertaining, high level of basketball,” Steph Curry said on Suns-Mavs. “They are two different teams, so it’s kind of hard to — I’ll probably talk about it on Monday or Tuesday when we figure out who we’re playing.

“But I’m just going to be a fan and enjoy watching two Game 7s on Sunday knowing we get four days off, which is pretty special.”

RELATED: Klay’s latest Game 6 magic means more to Warriors star

Curry and Co. took care of business and are reveling in the fact they didn’t need to board another long flight to Memphis. On Sunday, the Warriors will be fans for a day before making plans to remain in The Bay for a bit or pack another suitcase.


Either way, all eyes will be on Game 7, a spot the Warriors are more than happy to not be in themselves. 

Check back in later for their thoughts on their last obstacle in the way of another trip to the Finals.

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Everything You Need To Know About Game 6 of The Eastern Conference Semifinals

Game Info

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics
Bucks lead series 3-2

Friday, May 13
Deer District Plaza Opens: 4:30 PM CST
Fiserv Forum Doors Open: 5:00 PM CST
Tip-off: 6:30PM CST


Extremely limited tickets are still available for Game 6 and can be purchased by visiting bucks.com/tickets/playoffs.

Entry to Fiserv Forum

Doors open at 5:00 PM CST to fans with tickets for the game. All fans are encouraged to arrive early to allow time for entry and to be in your seats for team introductions! 

Fiserv Forum Bag Policy

Fans visiting Fiserv Forum are advised to arrive early and travel light, as additional security enhancements will be implemented for the Playoff season. With the exception of medical or diaper bags, bags and purses are no longer permitted inside Fiserv Forum. Guests entering Fiserv Forum are limited to a wallet no larger than 4”x6”x1”

Mobile Tickets

Ensure quick and easy entry to Fiserv Forum by downloading the Bucks App prior to your arrival and having your tickets ready to scan. Please reference our Mobile Ticket Guide for more information on how to access and manage your tickets.


The first 10,000 fans attending Game 6 will receive Thunderstix courtesy of KwikTrip.

Game 6 Giveaway: Thunderstix courtesy of KwikTrip

Food & Beverage Ordering

Getting your favorite food and beverage items at Fiserv Forum has never been easier. Download the Bucks app to order directly from your seats for pickup through our completely contactless ordering experience. 

Purchase your favorite stadium fare along with both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages for pick up in a designated location once your order is complete. You will receive a text message as well as a push notification in the app once your order is complete and ready for pick-up! 

Looks to get drinks only? The Coors Light Express Bar button is for you. You can order any alcoholic beverages (both beer and cocktails) from your seat and pick it up in just minutes. 

New for Eastern Conference Semifinals: Hamm’s Happy Hour

Hamm’s Beer is available for $5 at all Mobile Ordering locations from when arena doors open until tipoff (5:00-6:30PM)

Deer District Events & Activities

Fans who are not attending Game 6 at Fiserv Forum will still have the opportunity to enjoy it from the Deer District.

How to Enter The Deer District Plaza 

Fans without tickets to the game must enter Deer District through the south end of the plaza (near Highland and Vel R Phillips)

A security search will be required to enter the Deer District.  All prohibited items can be found on the Fiserv Forum website.

Fans with tickets to the game may also enter Deer District on the north end of the plaza (off Juneau Ave).

There will no longer be entry to Deer District through the Beer Garden entrance located on N. MLK Drive (formerly Old World Third Street).

Fans visiting Deer District are advised to arrive early and travel light, as additional security enhancements will be implemented for the Playoff season. With the exception of medical or diaper bags, bags and purses are no longer permitted inside Fiserv Forum. Guests entering Fiserv Forum are limited to a wallet no larger than 4”x6”x1”.

How to Watch/Listen/Stream Game 6

Game 6 will be televised locally on Bally’s Sports Wisconsin and nationally on ESPN.  

The radio broadcast will be on BMO Bucks Radio Network (AM620 WTMJ locally)

Don’t forget to follow the Bucks on social media (@Bucks) and download the official Bucks app for in-game highlights, stats, and other exclusive content at Bucks.com/app. The Bucks app is available on iOS and Android devices.


Parking is available at the Highland Garage for the Eastern Conference Semifinal playoff games. Fans can purchase parking in advance at https://www.fiservforum.com/directions-parking.

For directions, maps, and more information about additional parking options, visit https://www.fiservforum.com/directions-parking.

New Items at Bucks Pro Shop

New merchandise is also available in the Bucks Pro Shop to gets fans geared up for the Bucks’ postseason run. This includes new Nike apparel and jerseys and Phase 2 of the Artsman Court Collection, which contains bottle openers, coasters and additional framed pieces of the 2021 Championship Court. The Mitchell & Ness store inside Fiserv Forum will also see a variety of limited edition collection drops throughout the upcoming playoffs. To purchase playoff gear now, visit shop.bucks.com.

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76ers vs. Heat – Game Recap – May 10, 2022

MIAMI — — Jimmy Butler scored 23 points, Max Strus added 19 points and 10 rebounds, and the Miami Heat moved one win away from a trip to the Eastern Conference finals by topping the Philadelphia 76ers 120-85 on Tuesday night.

Victor Oladipo scored 13 for Miami, which got 12 from Bam Adebayo and 10 apiece from Tyler Herro and P.J. Tucker. The top-seeded Heat now lead the East semifinal series 3-2, and improved to an NBA-best 6-0 at home in these playoffs.

Joel Embiid scored 17 points for fourth-seeded Philadelphia, which got 14 from James Harden and 12 from Tobias Harris. The 76ers were down by 15 going into the fourth, then gave up 12 consecutive points to open the final quarter.

Game 6 is in Philadelphia on Thursday.

It was a tough night all the way around for the Sixers, especially for Embiid — their best player, already wearing a mask to protect a facial fracture and dealing with a significant thumb injury.

Embiid got shaken up in the first quarter when he tried to dive into some baseline seats while attempting to save a loose ball. He doubled over shortly afterward, grabbing at his back.

He remained in the game after that scare.

He also remained in the game after the next scare, which was much worse.

It came midway through the second quarter, when Miami’s Dewayne Dedmon missed a shot and Embiid grabbed the rebound. Dedmon, flailing for the ball, made contact with it — and wound up pushing it back into Embiid’s mask-covered face.

Embiid lost the ball and went down in pain, covering his face with both hands. Oladipo picked up the ball and scored to make it 42-31, but Embiid writhing was of much greater importance to the 76ers than giving up two points. Embiid remained down for several moments, before making his way back to the Philadelphia bench and getting tended to by doctors.

And now Philadelphia must beat the Heat in Games 6 and 7, with almost all the odds pointing to how difficult that task will be.

All-time in best-of-seven series, entering this round, teams that won Game 1 of a matchup ultimately prevail 75.6% of the time. Game 1 winners at home, 85% of the time. Teams that start a series with a 2-0 lead, 92.4% of the time. And teams that win Game 5 for a 3-2 series lead wind up advancing 82.2% of the time.

All those stats favor Miami, obviously.

Tyrese Maxey made a deep 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left in the third to pull Philadelphia within 81-66. Whatever hope remained for the 76ers in that moment was short-lived.

A jumper from Herro and then five straight points from Strus were the start of Miami’s game-sealing flurry that opened the fourth. A three-point play from Adebayo pushed the lead to 25, at which point Embiid checked out with the outcome clearly no longer in question.


76ers: None of Philadelphia’s starters played in the final 8:18. … Maxey, who has been great for the majority of this series, shot 2 for 10. … Georges Niang was 0 for 5, all of those shots from 3-point range, reminiscent of his 0-for-7 stat line — all on 3s — in Game 1.

Heat: After shooting 14 for 65 from 3-point range in the two losses at Philadelphia (21.5%), the Heat shot 13 for 33 from deep on Tuesday (39.4%). … Miami improved to 18-4 all-time in Game 5s at home. … The Heat outrebounded Philadelphia 46-36. … Miami is one of two teams unbeaten at home in these playoffs. Golden State is 5-0.


Miami was a three-point favorite at tipoff. After the Heat won the first quarter 31-19, the line went to 7.5 points.


NBA Commissioner Adam Silver attended the game, seated with Ahmad Rashad — whose ties to the league go back decades, primarily for his years as host and executive producer of “NBA Inside Stuff.” Also in the crowd: NBA champion Mike Miller of the Heat, and longtime baseball star, Miami native and Minnesota Timberwolves co-minority owner Alex Rodriguez.


Game 6 is Thursday in Philadelphia.


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Dedicated Bucks fans travel hours to watch team in Game 4

MILWAUKEE — Loyal Milwaukee Bucks fans are not hard to find, but fans that have shown up for the last several decades might be.

Steve Hollmann has spent the last 35 years traveling two hours back and forth from Appleton to cheer on the Bucks.

“I waited a long time for this and I’m not getting any younger, as you can see. I’ve been a season ticket holder for 35 years and we went through some bad times and some good times, so this is by far the best,” said Hollmann.

As a season ticket holder, he’s stuck with the team through rain and shine.

“It’s a two-hour drive there and back. I told Mr. Kohl I need an auto allowance. I wanted him to buy me a new car, because I probably wore out a few cars over the years,” Hollmann said.

It’s safe to say those miles are finally paying off as he cherishes his memories from last year’s finals experience.

“It’s awesome to see that many people really get behind the Bucks, because I went through a lot of years, and no one was wearing any uniform stuff,” Hollmann said. “You know, it was Packers, Packers. I just love to see this.”

The Bucks are scheduled to play the Celtics on Wednesday in Boston.
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76ers vs. Heat: Game Notes, Odds, & Prediction for Game 1

On Monday night, the Philadelphia 76ers will pay a visit to the Miami Heat for the first of two games down in South Beach to tip-off the second round of the NBA Playoffs.

Following an impressive five-game stint against the Atlanta Hawks, the Miami Heat punched their ticket to the second round with ease. Meanwhile, the Sixers fell into a two-game rut after nearly sweeping the Toronto Raptors.

However, after picking up a blowout victory against the Raptors in Game 6, the Sixers were able to advance to the next round. Now, the Sixers and the Heat will battle it out, beginning with Game 1 on Monday.

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