for half a monday, Therese MaxiAnd James Harden And Tobias Harris He has enough firepower for 76ers To keep things close.
But when the last bell rang, the absence of Joel Embiid Proved a lot to beat like Miami Heat sail to 106-92 game 1 victory Above Philadelphia in the semi-finals of the Eastern Conference. Led by Pam Adebayo, the heat took hold of the interior during Tyler Hero It got hot from the outside.
By the fourth quarter, the 76ers were exhausted and out of answers to defend against the stifling heat that fought every shot. Coach Doc Rivers waved the white flag, emptying his seat in the final four minutes of the game.
Put heat clamps in the second half
The 76ers threatened to keep things close early on, scoring 12-0 in the second and third quarters en route to a 55-50 lead. Maxi proved to be a tough goalkeeper while Harris stepped up in Embiid’s absence on a 27-point attempt.
But the Heat saved 10-0 in the third game to win 70-61. They went up on the gas in the fourth quarter, catching the 76ers goalless for a 4:40 stretch that prompted Rivers to pull off his start.
Adebayo finished the match with 24 points, 12 rebounds and four assists while shooting 8 out of 10 from the field. The 76ers responded with Deandre Jordan in the starting lineup. Paul Millsap Paul Reed joined him in this position in the committee’s effort to fill the massive void for Embiid.
They combined for eight points, 12 rebounds, and three blocks while shooting a 4-of-8 from the field. Jordan racked up four points, two rebounds and two blocks in the starting round while attempting only two shots from the field. The Heat beat the 76ers, 47-37, while outsmarting the offensive glass 15-9. Adebayo ended up with a plus sign -26 in the plus-minus column.
Doc Rivers Barbed with DeAndre Jordan
After the match, coach Doc Rivers told reporters he would continue to start Jordan while Embiid was sidelined.
“We will continue to start it whether you like it or not because our men believe in it,” rivers said.
Herro was at his best off the bench, leading Miami in scoring with 25 points while firing 9 of 17 from the field including 4 of 6 from a 3-point distance. The inside-out attack was too much for the ’76, even as the Heat also played reductively with the starting point guard. Kyle Lowry He missed the third game in a row with a hamstring injury.
Given the opportunity to play a starring role in Embiid’s absence, former MVP Harden played in the league as Philadelphia’s third choice in a 16-point, nine-rebound and five-assist effort. Maxi scored 19 points but contributed little elsewhere with assists and no rebounds or defensive stats.
Philadelphia will play Game Two on Wednesday again without Embiid, who did not travel to Miami while suffering a concussion and an orbital fracture he sustained in Thursday’s first closing round. Toronto Raptors. there He is said to be optimistic in Philadelphia that he will return for Match 3 or 4However, he will need to obtain a medical permit first.
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