Joel Embiid makes surprising comeback! The Sixers reduce to 1-2 in defensive play against Miami

The Philadelphia 76ers have narrowed the series to 1-2 with the Miami Heat. In Game 3, star center Joel Embiid surprisingly came back to help the hosts secure a hard-fought 99-79 victory. But tonight’s man was Danny Green, who has not been a factor in the series at all so far.

The Philadelphia 76ers can hope again – and it has primarily to do with Joel Embid’s personality. The 27-year-old superstar made a surprising comeback in Game 3. During the day, the center was able to leave the concussion protocol, and just like four years ago, a special mask was made for the big ones so he could play despite his eye socket injury.

The top scorer from the most recent regular season scored “only” 18 points (5/12 FG) and 11 rebounds in 36 minutes, but his influence at both ends of the field could not be denied. Embiid’s presence especially helped James Harden, who enjoyed more freedom and played his personal best match in the series with 17 points (4/11 FG, 8/8 FT) and 6 assists (also 7 TO), although the numbers do not. reveal this. The two were supported by Danny Green (21, 7/9 threes), who finally had the warm hand again, and Tyrese Maxey (21, 7/11), who scored all of his points after the break.

At Miami, Jimmy Butler (33, 12/22 FG, 9 rebounds) showed a strong performance, especially after the shift, but the visitors’ star lacked complete support. Only sixth man Tyler Herro (14, 5/15) still scored double-digit, Bam Adebayo (9, 2/9) did far too little offensively. Kyle Lowry (0, 0/4, 3 assists), who made his comeback from a hoarding problem, was not a factor either.

It was a quiet start for Embiid, who as expected was mostly doubled by the guests. But Miami could no longer change everything, Harden had more freedom to do so. The impact on the defense was even greater. Miami remained without a field goal for more than five minutes in the middle of the first quarter, the Sixers working their first double-digit lead with an 8-2 run. With Herro (6 quick counters) the visitors finally got a small blow, Philadelphia led 21:17 after a quarter.

Jimmy Butler is not good enough for the Heat – Maxey shows up late

However, the whole thing was not pretty to look at. Miami did not hit any open shots (2/16 threes in the first half), but Harden conducted a 9-0 run with the bench for the Sixers. Heat barely got into the zone when Embiid was on the field, with some offensive rebounds that kept the distance tolerable. The hosts did not make enough out of the weak heat performance despite a 41:34 lead at the break.

And Miami got better. Butler, who was previously pale, converted two and-1s, Max Strus hit two three-pointers in a row. It was 13-0 to the visitors, while Harden bowed off with four errors on the bench. Embiid was still deregistered, but Green jumped into the breach with two important threes. Butler’s 14 points brought the Heat back into play, Herro hitting two triples at the end and the Sixers suddenly leading only by +3 before the end (68:65).

There, with Butler on the bench, Miami completely lost the rhythm again, it took five minutes for the visitors to hit another shot. By this time, Philly had retired to double digits and could afford to give Embiid a break. Maxey was suddenly a factor that had remained without a point at the break. The guard hit three threes and helped the lead grow to +17, and the Heat threw the towel in the ring with two minutes left.

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