NBA Playoffs: Heat and Suns extend leads after big home wins

Miami, Florida - The Miami Heat took a commanding 2-0 series lead against the Philadelphia 76ers after a very comfortable 119-103 win at home on Wednesday.

Jimmy Butler (l.) scored 22 points for the Heat in their win over the Sixers.
Jimmy Butler (l.) scored 22 points for the Heat in their win over the Sixers.  © USA TODAY Sports

The East's first seed faced little resistance against a Sixers side without Joel Embiid – out injured with a fractured eye socket – protecting the paint, shooting 51.3% from the floor and 48.3% from beyond the arc.

Jimmy Butler was transformative on the offensive end for the Heat, finishing with 22 points on eight-of-15 shooting and 12 assists.

Four Heat players – Bam Adebayo, Gabe Vincent, Max Strus, and Tyler Herro – had three assists, while Herro and Victor Oladipo combined for 37 points off the bench on 12-of-21 shooting.

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The Sixers kept turnovers relatively low with eight but did not generate great shots either, coming up with 17 assists for the night and connecting on a poor 26.7% of three-point attempts.

All in all, it was a hugely disappointing night for Philly, who needs to pick itself up for Game 3 on Friday.

Suns sizzle against the Mavs

The Suns' Devin Booker partnered up with Chris Paul to shoot down the Mavs.
The Suns' Devin Booker partnered up with Chris Paul to shoot down the Mavs.  © USA TODAY Sports

Meanwhile, the Phoenix Suns had no problems defending home court in their series with the Dallas Mavericks, as they strolled to a 129-109 victory.

A dominant second half saw the Suns through in Game 2, scoring 71 points on 29-of-41 shooting against the Mavs' 49 points on 14-of-39 from the floor.

Devin Booker and Chris Paul took over, combining for 41 points on 16-of-21 shooting after the main change. The change in game complexion was all the more distinct with Dallas taking 16 free-throw attempts in comparison to Phoenix's five.

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Booker and Paul scored 30 and 28 points respectively for the night, with the 36-year-old point guard chipping in eight assists and six rebounds.

Luka Dončić put up 35 points on 13-of-22 shooting along with seven assists, but crucially committed as many turnovers for the Mavs.

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