The Game 6 matchups have commenced and with it the adrenaline rush of either seeing a team come out as victors or a Game 7. Both conclusions are fun for fans but not for the players as they have to go through the pressure of coming out on top. The Philadelphia 76ers matched up against the Miami Heat in their territory. Trailing the series 2-3, the 76ers need to think of a way to come out on top if they want to even the series..
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 Gabe Vincent, Max Strus, Jimmy Butler, PJ Tucker and Bam Adebayo.
The Heat started the game hot as they went on a 7-0 run to begin with. The 76ers soon got their footing and they countered as well. The 76ers looked a bit lethargic with their plays when they were supposed to be coming out running. They still got the points on the board. Jimmy Butler and Max Strus handled most of the Heat’s points.
In the 2nd quarter, the 76ers looked a lot better on the offense as they were getting their shots in. The Heat seemed like they were rushing to finish their plays but they came up short numerous times. But they kept their defense up at all times and did not allow the 76ers to take any kind of a lead. The Heat were leading in the end of the 1st quarter with a score of 49-48.
Once the 3rd quarter started, Jimmy Butler took over the game as he went head first into the 76ers defense and scored every time. The 76ers tried to respond but they were not making their shots. They got a bunch of open looks but they were unable to capitalize on that as they were continuously bricking.
This is a testament to the Heat’s defensive efforts as they were not at all allowing any kind of spark from the 76ers. Embiid was missing shots, Tyrese Maxey was running too much and James Harden simply disappeared from the game.
With the Heat holding the lead hostage, the 76ers made one last push in the 4th quarter to turn things around. But the Heat were not going to squander this opportunity. They locked down the perimeter and on the offensive end, Butler led the charge. As none of the 76ers players stepped up, they could not subdue the Heat and ultimately falling in the series.
None of the 76ers played any good basketball. Joel Embiid put up a double-double of 20 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists and a block. Tyrese Maxey followed up with 20 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists and a block. James Harden was absolutely horrendous as he put up only 11 points, 9 assists, 4 rebounds, a steal and had 4 turnovers.
Jimmy Butler led both teams in scoring with 32 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, a steal and 2 blocks. Max Strus followed him up with a double-double of 20 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. PJ Tucker was the next in line with a near double-double of 12 points, 9 rebounds, an assist and 2 blocks.
The Heat clinched the series
The Miami Heat has claimed Game 6 and the series with a scoreline of 99-90. They have now proceeded to the Eastern Conference Finals where they await the victor between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Boston Celtics.
Aftermath of the 76ers
For the Philadelphia 76ers, this is the end of their title run. They have done everything they can in the regular season and the 1st round of the playoffs. But the series against Miami should have been dealt better as no one stepped up to the plate. James Harden will be dealing with a lot of blames but their coach Doc Rivers is not getting away with their loss either.