76ers Revitalize Their Playoffs Campaign With Embiid's Return

76ers Revitalize Their Playoffs Campaign With Embiid’s Return

With much anticipation filled in Wells Fargo Center, the Philadelphia 76ers welcomed the Miami Heat in their homecourt. The 76ers fans are hoping to see their team flourish as Embiid was participating in Game 3. The Miami Heat have a 2-0 lead in the series and are expecting to put the series beyond their opponent’s reach.

The Philadelphia 76ers went with their starting lineup of James Harden, Tyrese Maxey, Danny Green, Tobias Harris and Joel Embiid. The Miami Heat started with Kyle Lowry, Max Strus, Jimmy Butler, PJ Tucker and Bam Adebayo.

Game Summary

From the opening tip, both teams locked horns willing to test the waters. The 76ers opened the scoring with a 2 free throws. Jimmy Butler responded with a drive to the basket. The Heat already had a good enough defense but the 76ers defense went up with the presence of Embiid. Adebayo who was killing the interior in the first 2 games was struggling to get the ball in the hoop.

It was a game filled with defensive efforts on both sides of the floor. Jimmy Butler was the only Heat player who was putting the points on the scoreboard. The 76ers were also struggling as the Heat defense kept on checking their man. It was an extremely low scoring game but the 76ers took the 1st half with a score of 41-34.

As soon as the 2nd half started, Jimmy Butler decided it was time to take over. He went on a rampage in the 3rd quarter, as he aggressively drove to the basket and scored points. The 76ers were scoring but they were turning the ball over. Danny Green popped off from beyond the arc as he went 3 for 3. Yet the Heat closed the lead and cut the deficit to 3.

In the 4th quarter, the 76ers knew they had to seal the deal. So they let their youngest starter, Tyrese Maxey go to work. He exploded making 4 threes in a row. Apart from Butler none of the Heat player could overcome the 76ers new found defense. The score gap expanded and the Heat ended up having the worst 4th quarter of the entire season scoring only 14 points.

Box Score

Tyrese Maxey and Danny Green led the 76ers in scoring with 21 points each. Maxey also had 6 assists, 2 rebounds and 2 steals to go along with his points. Joel Embiid ended up with a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds on his return. James Harden contributed with 17 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and a block. But he had 7 turnovers as well.

Jimmy Butler led both teams in scoring with 33 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. Tyler Herro came off the bench and contributed with 14 points, 4 rebounds and an assist. None of the other Heat players broke double figures. Bam Adebayo had a disappointing night with just 9 points, 3 rebounds, an assist and 2 steals.

Takeaways from Game 3

The Philadelphia 76ers finally got a win in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals with a scoreline of 99-79. They now trail 1-2 in the series and with the next game at their home turf, they have a real chance in tying the series. It can be said that Embiid’s return absolutely turned the team around and they now look more focused than before. After the return of Embiid, the Miami Heat needs to come up with a contingency plan as the 76ers can now dominate them as it happened in Game 3.

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