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NBA Playoffs Recap: Nic Batum Shines for Sixers as Bulls Eliminate Hawks



NBA Playoffs dispatches: Nic Batum, for one night, was the Sixers' third star

The Philadelphia 76ers secured the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs by defeating the Miami Heat. Next, they will face the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. Meanwhile, the Chicago Bulls eliminated the Atlanta Hawks from the Play-In Tournament and will now battle the Sixers for the No. 8 seed.

In a nail-biter against the Heat, the Sixers relied on the heroics of Nicolas Batum, who scored 20 points and drained six 3-pointers. Joel Embiid contributed 23 points, 15 rebounds, and five assists, but struggled with his shooting. Thanks to Batum’s performance, the Sixers avoided a win-or-go-home scenario and now look ahead to facing the Knicks in a best-of-seven series.

On the other hand, the Hawks suffered a disappointing end to their season after a loss to the Bulls in the Play-In Tournament. The team’s struggles highlighted the ineffective pairing of Trae Young and Dejounte Murray. The Hawks must reevaluate their roster construction as keeping both players on mega contracts could hinder their success next season.

Ultimately, as the Sixers and Bulls prepare for their upcoming matchups, the outcomes of these games will significantly impact the Eastern Conference playoff race. Fans can expect intense battles and strategic adjustments as teams fight for a chance to advance in the postseason.

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