The Philadelphia 76ers equalized their streak against the Miami Heat. James Harden showed his best game of the postseason in the Sixers’ 116-108 victory in Game 4.
Harden had never broken 25 points this postseason, in that match the superstar had 31 points (8/18 FG) and 9 assists and had 16 points in the fourth quarter. Joel Embiid had 24 points and 11 rebounds, Tyrese Maxey had 18 points and three other Sixers had double digits.
It ended up being too much for the Heat, with only Jimmy Butler excelling (40 points, 13/20 FG). The former Sixer had the support of Bam Adebayo (21), Victor Oladipo (15) and Tyler Herro (11, 10 rebounds), but the Heat performed too harmlessly as a team from the ranks of three.
Both teams started with the usual starting fives, but Miami had to do without backup center Dewayne Dedmon, who had signed up sick.
In the beginning of the Sixers, there was a lot going on in Embiid, who scored 15 points alone in the first quarter. On the other hand, Tucker and Oladipo came off the bench well from the start with 7 points each, both teams were equal. 30:28 Philly after the first quarter.
With Embiid on the bench, the Heat dictated what happened more, with Adebayo in particular now making easy deals. Harden tried to counteract this as a playmaker and goal scorer, then Embiid also returned. As in game 3, Green turned up the heat, then Harden put up the transition and then set a three-pointer to +10. The next few scenes, however, belonged to Adebayo and Butler, who quickly brought Miami back on track. Niang scored 3, Maxey hit it again. 64:56 Philly with a break.
Harden and Embiid defy the butler show
After a quiet second quarter, Embiid picked himself up again, with a And-1 jumper fixing Adebayo’s fourth foul early in the third quarter. This put even more focus on Butler, who promptly lowered an og-1 and a three-pointer. Miami now played ultra-small and in zone defense, but Philly could not punish that. Butler prevented that with 17 points in the round. It went into the final quarter with 89:85 Philly.
With Embiid on the bench, the Sixers put up an 8-0 run that quickly brought them to +12. Again Butler had to counter, again Miami kept within striking distance. The Harden now had control of the Sixers, Embiid seemed pretty tired. With three minutes left, Harden lowered a three to an eight-point lead, but it was still not there.
Butler scored the next two points on the line, but missed a three-pointer shortly thereafter. Harden penetrated and missed his leg, but Embiid got the offensive rebound and played the ball out, then Maxey Harris found the alley-oop – and 1:06 minutes from the end, Harden made the decision with a three-pointer.
The most important statistic
Philadelphia 76ers (4) – Miami Heat (1) 116: 108 (BOXSCORE), Series: 2-2
- The Sixers got almost everything they wanted in the first half. They hit 64 percent from the field, the dreaded heat defense was barely available, and they were powerless against Embiid in particular. Sixers odds were very good throughout the match: The home team scored 54 from the field, 47 percent from the line of three. 37 field goals preceded 25 assists – there was not much to complain about.
- The only problem with the Sixers offense was losing ball possession. Harden and Embiid in particular were repeatedly surprised by targeted doubles or played unclean passes, which in turn led to transfer opportunities for Miami. The 17 Sixers ball losses led to 24 heatpoints on the other hand – way too many.
- Miami, on the other hand, had its problems at halftime, where Embid’s scare factor was already evident. cleaning the glass According to the report, Heat scored 95.5 points per game. 100 ball possessions compared to 112.4 for the Sixers. Playoff matches are hard to win with only Transition.
- The biggest problem was again the threes. Miami sank pathetic 7/35 from Downtown, only Butler (2/6) and Max Strus (2/5) beat more than a three. Duncan Robinson also received another DNP CD …
Sixers vs. Heat: The Voice of the Game
Doc Rivers (Coach Sixers): “Game 5 is going to be fun. We need to be better defensively when we get to Miami. … We have not seen the best of Joel this series yet. He is still getting used to how that mask feels on his face. “
James Harden (Sixers): “Nothing has changed for me. I did not play differently. I just shot.”
Game star: James Harden
Well, it’s still possible! In a must-win for Philly, the 32-year-old finally delivered his full package again. Elite playmaking, stepback triangles and even the train to the basket a few times – Harden has not always been seen so aggressively and engaged lately. Especially in the last quarter he was there when Embiid did not seem so lively anymore. With that Harden, Philly is a dangerous team!
Game flop: Kyle Lowry
The playmaking was there, Lowry also had some good defensive moves – and still: It’s not very fun to see the former star in this state (6 points, 3/10 FG, 7 assists). Lowry denied several layups, missed every third (in six attempts) and gave the ball four times. Strus or Vincent were not good either, but neither of them has Lowry’s condition.
There were several of them in the last quarter, but let’s go straight to the Dagger. Harden dribbled the clock down, did not get the Herro contact, but did not let it deter him. He also asked Oladipo to dance and lowered the stepback triangle just before the clock ran out as in the best of times. The eruption afterwards suggested: The Harden himself also needed such a game.
NBA Playoffs – Heat vs. Sixers: The series at a glance
|1||May 3||1:30||Miami heat||Philadelphia 76ers||106: 92|
|2||May 5||1:30||Miami heat||Philadelphia 76ers||119: 103|
|3||May 7||1 o’clock||Philadelphia 76ers||Miami heat||99:79|
|4||May 9||2 o’clock||Philadelphia 76ers||Miami heat||116: 108|
|5||May 11||1:30||Miami heat||Philadelphia 76ers||–|
|6||May 13||TBD||Philadelphia 76ers||Miami heat||–|
|7 *||May 16||TBD||Miami heat||Philadelphia 76ers||–|