As the NBA playoffs continue, three first-round series are now over. And the Warriors responded by joining the Pelicans in the next round after beating San Antonio Spurs. In the East, Dwayne Wade and Miami Heat’s season was ended by Philadelphia 76ers. But it was more than happiness in Philadelphia as they welcomed their native rapper, Meek Mill from the prison. All in all, here’s everything you need to know about the NBA playoffs so far.
Kevin Durant posts 25 points as Warriors send Spurs out of the playoffs
With the Warriors still without the injured Stephen Curry, Durant and Klay Thompson carry the offense. The Golden State Warriors powered into the Western Conference playoff semi-finals with a 4-1 series victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday. The reigning NBA champions booked their place in the next round after smashing the Spurs with a tough 99-91 home win.
San Antonio gave them a headache in the fourth quarter, chipping away at a double-digit Golden State lead to close to 93-91 with 57 seconds left on the clock. But Kevin Durant responded at the right time when it DOES matters. Thanks to his superb fadeaway jump shot and two free throws, KD took Warriors clear again as the clock ticked down. The Warriors will now face the New Orleans Pelicans for a place in the conference finals.
Sixers Welcome Meek Mill from prison by ending Miami Heat’s season
Meek Mill attended the Sixers’ series-clinching 104-91 win over the Miami Heat hours after his release from prison earlier Tuesday. Wearing an Embiid jersey, the Philadelphia-born rapper rang the ceremonial Liberty Bell before tipoff of Game 5. And he went on to sit next to 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin and comedian Kevin Hart.
Before and after the Sixers’ win, Mill met with players and team personnel in the team’s locker room. “It was like this mass happiness, hysteria,” Rubin said after Philadelphia’s victory. “The city’s so excited to have him. The team’s so excited.” Joel Embiid scored 19 points as the Sixers set up a second-round meeting against either Boston or Milwaukee.
The 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin is the biggest supporters. He tweeted Tuesday that he was on his way to pick up the rapper from prison, and hours later posted a photo on Instagram of the two heading to Game 5.