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THE BALLOON – Nehemiah discreet in Miami, Heat still on top (NBA)

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Portuguese center Neemias Queta put on a low-key performance at the FTX Arena in Miami, scoring just three points and grabbing a rebound in the Sacramento Kings’ 100-123 loss to the Heat.

The Florida team, with Jimmy Buttler (27 points) in the spotlight, ended the worst regular season streak – four straight losses – and regained the leadership of the Eastern Conference, benefiting from the loss of the Boston Celtics, who drop to fourth place.

Davion Mitchell (21 points) was the top scorer for the Kings who are still mathematically not far from the play-ins, but they see their chances of qualifying for the draw which gives access to the play-offs reduced.

Closer are the San Antonio Spurs who won the Texas derby with the Houston Rockets and “threaten” the LA Lakers, who occupy the last place which gives access to the play-in.

Results:

Miami Heat-Sacramento Kings, 123-100

New York Knicks-Chicago Bulls, 109-104

Toronto Raptors-Boston Celtics, 115-112 (aet)

Portland Trail Blazers-Oklahoma City Thunder, 131-134 (aet)

Houston Rockets-San Antonio Spurs, 120-123

Memphis Grizzlies-Golden State Warriors, 123-95

Charlotte Hornets-Denver Nuggets, 109-113

Cleveland Cavaliers-Orlando Magic, 107-101

Indiana Pacers-Atlanta Hawks, 123-132

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