76ers - Heat Game 5: times, TV, how and where to watch 2022 NBA Playoffs online
Philadelphia travel to Miami with both teams looking to edge in front with the series tied at 2-2, as Harden and Embiid aim to make their mark.
James Harden’s fourth quarter explosion included his trademark stepback 3-pointer from the top of the key that gave Philadelphia an insurmountable 114-103 lead with 1:07 remaining.
76ers @ Heat in NBA Playoffs Game 5
“We’re getting more confident as the series goes on,” Harden said. “Those first two games (were) a blur. But obviously, having Joel and having our full team, we kind of know what to expect. We know where to execute on both sides of the ball. It just makes the job a lot easier. Think about: We’re still a fairly new team. We’re damn near two months. So, when we finally catch a rhythm and finally find something that works, Joel goes off for a couple of games. So, we’re finally settling into the series.”
Not only Harden, but this year’s MVP finalist and league scoring champion, too. Embiid contributed 24 points and 11 rebounds in his second game back from a fractured orbital bone and concussion. All five starters finished in double figures as the 76ers drained 16 of 33 3-pointers.
Meanwhile, the Heat are looking for the scoring balance that marked their two double-figure home wins in Miami. Jimmy Butler tried his best to carry the team with 33 and 40 points in the losses in Philadelphia but got precious little help.
Bam Adebayo was a non-entity in Game 3, although he did chip in 21 points on Sunday night. Tyler Herro helped some off the bench but wasn’t efficient. And Kyle Lowry (hamstring) had trouble again in Game 4, prompting coach Erik Spoelstra to say that he was unsure if Lowry would be available in Game 5.
There’s also the matter of Miami going cold from distance. In light of the 76ers’ work from 3-point range Sunday night, the Heat’s 7 of 35 marksmanship from the arc looks even worse.
“I thought we had some really good looks. We just missed them,” Spoelstra said.
Miami has something else to worry about. Reserve center Dewayne Dedmon sat out Game 4 with an illness and his status for Game 5 isn’t known. Dedmon’s presence would at least give the team six more fouls to use against Embiid.
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76ers @ Heat Game 5: live text coverage on AS USA
You can follow the game through the live text coverage and commentary on Game 5 between Philly and Miami by AS USA’s NBA experts. We will be with you before the game to give you the exciting run-up, and will give you a wrap-up of all the post-game excitement.