Andrew LopezESPN3 minutes of reading
MIAMI — In the locker room following a Game 4 win, Miami Heat Senior forward Kevin Love To reporters, the closer the game gets, the Heat will know who to go to — Jimmy Butler And Pam Adebayo. It was those two players who carried the Heat to the Eastern Conference Finals for the second consecutive season in Game 6 on Friday night.
Butler had 24 points and eight rebounds, while Adebayo had 23 points and nine boards to lead the Heat. New York Knicks, 96-92To win the series 4-2.
Butler made a pair of free throws with 14.4 seconds left to ice the game.
With the win, the Heat became just the second No. 8 seed in NBA history to reach the conference finals. The only team to accomplish this was the 1998-99 Knicks, who eventually reached the NBA Finals that season.
For the Knicks, that means they haven’t reached a conference final since 2000. Other teams in the NBA have had longer stretches without reaching the conference finals. Washington Wizards (1979) and The Charlotte Hornets (not at all).
It was the Heat’s seventh conference final appearance under Erik Spoelstra, who took over the team in 2008-09.
New York led 31-17, but the Heat held the Knicks scoreless over the final 2:40 of the first quarter. The Knicks opened the second quarter with a 3-pointer Jalen BrunsonBam Adebayo responded with a dunk at the 7:48 mark to make it 13-2.
Miami led 51-50 at halftime and never trailed in the second half. They held the Knicks to just 5x points after the first quarter.
When the heat is defeated Milwaukee Bucks They trailed by 16 to win the first-round series in Game 5. It made Miami only the second team in the last 25 years to win multiple series in a single season. 2019 Portland Trail BlazersAccording to ESPN Stats and Information.