The 76ers roll into Miami and win a big one, 109-98.
In a potential playoff preview, The Sixers were ready to roll up to Miami and make it a good one and they did just that. A Sixers team led by Joel Embiid and a Miami Heat team led by Jimmy Butler. Both teams were without a few key players. Read below for a review and a breakdown of tonight's game.
Both Miami and Philadelphia seemed to struggle opening the game but didn't take too long for shots to start falling. It's a good thing the heat weren't shooting a good percentage because the Sixers went ice cold as the first quarter came to a close going the last 5 minutes without scoring a single point. Tobias Harris was the only reason the Sixers weren't down by a large amount. Philly ended up with 20 points at the end of the first quarter as they found themselves down early.
Turnovers seemed to be a big problem for the Sixers in this half as they had 9. The heat were getting big points off these turnovers which allowed them to grow their lead. The bench scoring was killing this Sixers team as the head led them 20-1 in bench points in this half. Miami heat's Yurtseven was finding a way to sustain the Heat's lead as players like Butler and Lowry were struggling to find their shot this far into the game. Philly's cold streak seemed to be over but entering halftime down 7 points.
Seth Curry was the man of this quarter and he couldn't seem to miss a shot. The Sixers started to cut down on Miami's lead. The rebounding has seemed to be a big problem for the Sixers as it feels like Miami would get an offensive rebound every other possession. Seth Curry ended this quarter with a bang as he hit a buzzer beater 3 to help the Sixers take the lead for the first time in tonight's game.
Tobias Harris has been having a solid stretch of games despite his struggles this season. HE played a big part in tonight's game. Miami's Yurtseven was absolutely balling out tonight as he finished the game with 22 points but couldn't get the help he needed from others. The bench scoring ramped up in this quarter as Georges Niang couldn't seem to miss from behind the 3 point line hitting 4 threes in the second half. Joel Embiid completely took over down the stretch of this quarter finishing the game with 32 points. That makes it 10 consecutive road games with 30+ points for Joel Embiid. The Sixers roll up to Miami and snag a great win on a back to back.
My Takeaways from tonight's game:
Before the game, Joel Embiid was questionable with an elbow injury but right before tip-off he was declared active. Embiid has played in 22 of the Sixers last 23 games averaging 32.9 minutes per game this season. I guess you could say this is the healthiest he has been for his entire career, but lets keep our fingers crossed. Tobias Harris showed up in a big way tonight. He finished tonight with 22 points on 9-13 shooting which is very efficient, something Harris hasn't been able to do much this season. He had the challenge to guard Jimmy Butler tonight and he completely shut him down as Butler finished with 8 points on 1-11 shooting. Tyrese Maxey is still trying to get back in to his normal form after missing a week of basketball due to health and safety protocols. Maxey's energy in the 4th quarter played a big role in why the Sixers came out with a win. The bench needs to be more consistent and not have off nights. In the first half they looked horrible, but in the fourth quarter a role player like Georges Niang really stepped up and hit a few big shots for the Sixers. All in all, a great win and momentum going forward for this Sixers team.