NBA play-offs: Miami Heat knock out Philadelphia 76ers

... Dallas draw level with Phoenix

Miami Heat knock out Philadelphia 76ers

The Miami Heat advanced to the Eastern Conference finals with a 99-90 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, giving them a 4-2 series lead.

In the Heat’s triumph, Jimmy Butler scored 32 points and Max Strus contributed 20 points and 11 rebounds.

Luka Doncic scored 33 points to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 113-86 victory over the Phoenix Suns, tying the series at 3-3.

On Sunday, the deciding game seven will be played in Phoenix. So far, the side playing at home has won all six games.

In an easy win for his team, Slovenian standout Doncic added 11 rebounds, eight assists, and four steals.

His tally meant he has scored more than 30 points for the third time in the series, while he has provided more than 25 points in all six games.

“For me, this team is special,” said Doncic. “These are great guys and we play hard and we help each other so that’s what gives me hope.”

The winner of the Mavericks and the Suns will play either the Golden State Warriors or the Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference finals. The Warriors lead that series 3-2.

In the Eastern Conference finals, Miami will play either the Milwaukee Bucks or the Boston Celtics.

The Bucks, who won the NBA title last season, lead their play-off series 3-2.

“We’re not scared of nobody,” the Heat’s Butler told ESPN. “Everybody has been prepared for this all year.”