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Miami Heat and Pelicans book final playoff spots

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In an interesting twist, the Miami Heat and the New Orleans Pelicans battled their way into the NBA playoffs.

They clinched the final two spots with impressive victories in their play-in tournament games.

The Heat brought their A-game against the Chicago Bulls, securing a commanding 112-91 win despite the absence of their key player, Jimmy Butler.

Their dominant performance in the first quarter set the tone for a resilient display, ensuring they never relinquished their lead throughout the game.

Similarly, the Pelicans faced a tough challenge against the Sacramento Kings without their star player, Zion Williamson.

However, Brandon Ingram’s remarkable 24-point contribution played a pivotal role in their hard-fought 105-98 victory, thwarting the Kings’ efforts and securing their spot in the playoffs.

Looking ahead, Miami clinched the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference and is set to face the formidable Boston Celtics, who topped the regular season standings.

Still in the Eastern Conference, the New York Knicks take on Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks play Indiana Pacers while Cleveland Cavaliers face Orlando Magic.

On the other hand, New Orleans will take on the Western Conference’s top seed, the Oklahoma City Thunder, in what promises to be an exhilarating matchup.

Other matchups in the Western Conference are Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers, Minnesota Timberwolves v Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers v Dallas Mavericks.


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