PHILADELPHIA – James Harden scored 31 points, Joel Embide scored 24 points and 11 rebounds, and the Philadelphia 76ers won the Miami Heat 116-108 Sunday night in Game 4, leveling the semifinals in the semifinals.
The Heat won the first two games in Miami with Embiid with a fracture of the right orbit and a mild concussion. The 76ers won games 3 and 4 at home with Embiid and his mask in the lineup.
Game 5 Tuesday night in Miami.
Embiid is ready. So is Harden. And if “Heath” can’t understand the two, the next thing they’ll face may be the off-season.
The Heat snatched the lead and reached the top five until Harden scored his fifth three-pointer in the game three minutes before the end. Harden defeated the Heat in 3 seconds “catch and shoot” and in the fourth hit one after another.
He finally played in the postseason as the three-time champion who killed the Sixers when they traded for him in February.
Harden took a step back 3 for a 114-103 lead that drove the crowd into a frenzy – and the Sixers set off for Miami with a new life.
Jimmy Butler scored 40 points and almost alone encouraged Heath to win. The Heat missed 28 of 35 three-pointers.
Embid worked out the web in Game 3 and returned to the dominant form that brought him the “MVP” during the season! singing branches. His first quarter was about as good as for the center. He made 5 of 6 shots, including a three-pointer, and scored 15 points to bring the Sixers ahead. Worn out of the game 3 days of inactivity due to a concussion, Embid played all 12 minutes in the quarter.
“He really endures the storm and endures everything,” coach Doc Rivers said before the game.
Harden took the next quarter. After a zero first quarter Harden scored 13 in the second. He missed his first four shots in the game until he buried the top three and then left. He scored a bucket in the transition during the 15-2 run and then waved his arms toward the crowd, urging to get louder.
Philadelphia 64% throw from the floor in half. But 10 turns – which Miami turned into 13 points – did not allow the Sixers to significantly increase the advantage to double digits. The Sixers made nine 3-pointers against four against Miami.
Butler retained the “Hit” in the game with six points in a row. He struck for days, was beaten in the face by Embiid – who was whistled for outrageous, then helped his former teammate to his feet – and Butler made a free throw. Butler scored 3 from possession and Heath pulled to 74-70.
Butler scored Embid’s third foul with a score of 1:37 in the third and implemented a three-point game that kept Heath within four. Butler trolled Embid on Instagram after the Sixers posted a photo of him in a mask and quoted a line from “The Dark Knight Rises.”
“(Medicine) mask,” Butler wrote.
Butler scored 17 points in the third, but Heath was still 89-85 behind. Fans of the 76ers allowed him to get it when Butler fired from a balloon in the fourth, and Harden dropped and hit step 3, leading 97-85.
Heat: Daven Deadman (illness) was eliminated in the 4th game. … Lowry, who scored his first bucket in the series on the finish, went to the locker room in the first half with a wobbly hamstring. He missed four playoff games in a row before game 3 due to tension in his left hamstring.
76ers: Isaiah Joe (right ankle sprain) didn’t play.