Heat oust Hawks; into NBA conference semi

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Top-seeds Miami Heat have advanced to the NBA's eastern conference semi-finals after clinching their series with the Atlanta Hawks 4-1.

Victor Oladipo scored 23 points and Bam Adebayo added 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Heat as they won game 5 in Miami 97-94 on Tuesday night.

The Heat won the series clincher without stars Jimmy Butler and Kyle Lowry, both of whom sat out the match with injuries.

Tyler Herro scored 16, Max Strus scored 15 and Caleb Martin added 10 for the Heat.

Trae Young's rough series for Atlanta remained that way: He finished two for 12 from the floor, scoring just 11 points. For the series, the Hawks' guard shot 32 per cent against Miami's swarming defence.

De'Andre Hunter scored 35 for Atlanta, which got 12 apiece from Kevin Huerter and Danilo Gallinari.

Hunter fouled out with 41.6 seconds left, Miami clinging to a three-point lead at the time. The Hawks got a stop, taking over with 29.2 seconds remaining, and retained possession after a missed shot from Gallinari went out of bounds off Miami.

The Hawks never got another shot off, time expired and Miami moved on.

Now the Heat get nearly a week off before facing either Philadelphia or Toronto in the conference semis.

The Heat already knew they'd be without Lowry, who missed his second consecutive game with a strained left hamstring.

The surprise was Butler, who reported knee soreness to the team on Monday and didn't see enough improvement to play on Tuesday.

In Memphis, Ja Morant scored on a layup with a second left as his Memphis Grizzlies rallied from 11 points down in the fourth quarter to edge the Minnesota Timberwolves 111-109 and grab a 3-2 lead in their western conference first-round series.

Morant, named the NBA's most improved player on Monday, struggled mightily much of the game. But he turned it on in the fourth quarter, scoring 18 points - including 9 of 10 at the free-throw line.

Morant finished with 30 and had 13 rebounds and nine assists. Desmond Bane added 25 points, and Brandon Clarke had 21 off the bench for Memphis, and Jaren Jackson Jr. added 12 before fouling out.

Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves with 28 points and 12 rebounds. Anthony Edwards had 22, and D'Angelo Russell added 12 and Taurean Prince 10.

In Phoenix, western conference top seeds Phoenix Suns beat the New Orleans Pelicans 112-97 to take a 3-2 lead in their series.

Mikal Bridges scored 31 points in a stellar all-around game, Chris Paul added 22 points and 11 assists for the Suns who were without injured All Star guard Devin Booker (hamstring) for a third straight game.

Paul bounced back from a subpar Game 4 and Bridges showed why he was one of three finalists for the league's defensive player of the year, blocking four shots.

It was also an ironman performance for Bridges, who played 47 of a possible 48 minutes yet never looked tired.

Brandon Ingram scored 22 points to lead the Pelicans. CJ McCollum added 21.

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