LOS ANGELES – Philadelphia’s star heart Joel Embiid returned from harm and the re-energized 76ers beat the Miami Warmth 99-79 on Friday to claw again a recreation of their NBA playoff collection.
Embiid missed the Sixers’ double-digit losses within the first two video games after he suffered a concussion and orbital fracture within the first-round series-clinching win over Toronto.
Together with his return confirmed simply shortly earlier than tip-off in Philadelphia, Embiid scored 18 factors and pulled down 11 rebounds because the 76ers trimmed the deficit within the best-of-seven Japanese Convention collection to 2-1.
“I attempted to push as a lot as I can, I’m glad that we obtained the win,” stated Embiid, who performed in a protecting masks however was nonetheless clearly hurting when he took a hand to the face late within the recreation.
Danny Inexperienced drained seven of his 9 three-point makes an attempt on the way in which to 21 factors for Philadelphia. Tyrese Maxey scored all 21 of his factors in a scintillating second-half efficiency.
Maxey picked up the slack after former MVP James Harden keyed the Sixers within the first half on the way in which to 17 factors and eight assists.
Jimmy Butler led the Warmth with 33 factors. Tyler Herro added 14 off the bench however level guard Kyle Lowry, again after lacking 4 video games with a hamstring pressure, didn’t rating.
The 76ers averted falling right into a 3-0 gap. No NBA crew has returned from a 3-0 deficit to win a best-of-seven collection, and Philadelphia will attempt to stage the collection after they host recreation 4 on Sunday.
Whereas Embiid took time all through the sport to wipe his face and the within of the masks, he ran the courtroom and didn’t shrink back from contact, his presence making a distinction in a Sixers protection that held Miami to their second-lowest factors complete of the season.
Embiid, who can be taking part in with torn ligaments in his proper thumb, actually confirmed indicators of rust and, late within the recreation, fatigue.
Simply play onerous
The Cameroonian massive man, who was unable to do conditioning work whereas struggling concussion signs throughout the week, stated he expects to enhance.
“I positively wasn’t good tonight,” Embiid stated. “You take a look at what I used to be in a position to do throughout the common season, so far as getting myself going, getting my teammates going, I used to be not even near what I could be.
“So hopefully it will possibly get higher over the following couple of days. As a crew we’ve simply obtained to maneuver the ball, discover the open man, after which defensively keep collectively and simply play onerous.”
Up by 4 after the primary quarter, the Sixers led 41-32 at halftime and by no means trailed within the second half.
After the Warmth tied it at 57-57 within the third quarter, Maxey made his first basket of the night time — a three-pointer — then got here up with a steal and a layup that pushed the result in 62-57.
Embiid drove by means of site visitors to attain on the rim and Philadelphia took a 68-65 lead into the ultimate interval that they pushed to 75-65 within the opening minutes of the fourth.
Each groups sat their starters within the ultimate minutes.
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