Heat 108 vs 116 Sixers summary: stats and highlights | NBA Playoffs
James Harden had one of his best game in a Sixers jersey as Philadelphia held on to home court with a second straight win at Wells Fargo Center. Harden had 31 points to lead the 76ers to the 116-108 Game 4 win.
Harden and Embiid lead the way
While most eyes were on Joel Embiid who was in just his second game back after breaking his orbital bone, Harden stole the show late to even the series at two games a piece.
Jimmy Butler followed up a 33 point Game 3, with a 40 point performance on Sunday night, but the Heat got very little production from their secondary players for a second straight game.
Embiid started the party off on the right foot for Philly, scoring 15 points in the first 12 minutes. It was evident that after scoring 18 points in his return on Friday, that Doc Rivers and the Sixers wanted to get it to their big man early and often.
Harden silent in first, exploded in second and fourth
In the second quarter, Embiid took a back seat as James Harden took the wheel scoring all 13 of his first half points in the second stanza. Harden had been criticized in this series for not showing up on the offensive end, but coach Rivers maintained his stance that if he continued to play distributor the points would come. That’s what happened in the second quarter, and then again in the final quarter.
Jimmy Butler took over for the Heat out of the halftime break. Much like in Game 3, Butler was single handily keeping the Heat in the game. He had 17 points in the third quarter while leading Miami to within two points after the lead had climbed to double digits.
Philadelphia would start a run at the end of the third quarter, and carried it into the fourth quarter scoring 10 straight points and extending the lead to a game high 12 points two minutes into the fourth.
Series heads to Miami at 2-2
Harden took the reigns during that run, and would finish off the Heat late in the game. He had 16 points in the final quarter to fend off the comeback bid, finishing the game with 31 while Embiid had 24 and 11 rebounds.
The series heads to South Beach tied at 2-2 after the Sixers win on Sunday night. Game 5 will tip off at FTX Arena on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. ET.
This was the cherry on top of the Philly performance. Maxey to Harris on the alley oop to shut the door on the Heat.
Maxey finished the game with 18 points. The role players are coming together at the right time for the Sixers.
Most of Embiid's 15 first quarter points came from down low. But this bank shot was an early sign that it was Philly's night.
Harden exploded in that fourth quarter to lead the Sixers to victory! 16 of his 31 came in the final 12 minutes!
It's all over from Philly! The Sixers even the series at 2-2 as we head back to Miami for Game 5!
Adebayo hits a lay up down low.
Maxey at the line and he hits both.
Strus with the three ball. Miami need more of that, but they need stops more than anything,
Harden with another three ball!!! He's got 16 in the fourth quarter!!
Harris on the alley oop from the fabulous pass from Maxey! What a way to seal the game! 1:30 to go.
2:30 to go
Butler to the line, and he hits two of two. He's got 40 on the night.
Harden!!!! Another huge three ball!!! Timeout Miami with three minutes remaining.
Adebayo going across the lane, hits the runner.
Harden slices through the defense, and uses the english off the glass for the lay up.
Adebayo going at Embiid, gets the bucket and the foul! FT is good and suddenly the Heat trail by just 5.
Butler hits a long two with under 5 to go in the game.
Harden on the step back with Adebayo's hand in his face! Three ball is good for Harden!
Adebayo with the slam off the feed from Butler.
Oladipo with a big three out of the timeout!
7:00 to go in the fourth.
Butler can not be stopped1 He gets to the bucket and is the top scorer with 36 points tonight.
Niang to the line, and he hits both.
Maxey to the line, and he hits both.
Butler with a drive to the cup to stop the run out of the timeout.
10 straight points for the Sixers and Miami needs a timeout with 9:42 to go .
Harden with the three!!! He's got more points in this fourth quarter than he did in the first three games.
Harden fouled, and he goes to the line where he hits two of two. He has just 4 points in the fourth quarters of this series.
Harris with the three ball in the corner to give the Sixers the first points of the final quarter.
Butler had 17 in the thrid quarter.
We are headed to the fourth quarter with the Sixers up by four.
Niang has had a couple of big buckets, and there's another one on his drive to the cup.
Herro to the line after a hard foul from Maxey. Both FTs are good.
Butler might have got away from a travel, but the refs carry on. He spins on Embiid and drops the shot after getting fouled. FT is good and he has 17 in the quarter.
Maxey into the belly of the defense and goes high off the glass for the finish!
Embiid to the line again, and the Heat are really struggling with his size and strength. He hits just one of two.
Vincent with a deep two to bring the lead to 4.
Embiid at the line, and he hits one of two.
Butler going right at Embiid! He's got 29 points on the night, and 14 in the third.
Harden fouled on his way to the basket, and he hits both. Those are his first points since putting up 13 in the second quarer.
Oladipo closes the lead, but Embiid stretches it back to 5.
Embiid back at the line, and he hits one of two.
Embiid at the line and he hits two of two.
Butler with the steal and Lowry with the finish in transition. No one getting back for the Sixers, and that's a troubling sight for Philly.
Oladipo at the line, where he has spent most of his evening. He's 8/10 from the Line and has 10 points.
Niang with a three ball to stop the Heat run!
Butler with a three ball and that was a 6 point posession! He's got 12 this quarter!
Butler hits the jumper, gets fouled by Embiid, who is whislted for a flagrant. FT is good for Butler, and the Heat get the ball back.
Embiid with the pull up. Gets the bucket and the foul! Bam picks up his fourth, as Embiid hits the FT.
Butler with a couple FTs and then Lowry gets a lay up in transition.
Embiid with a turn around! Those are his first points since the first quarter.
Butler to the line, and he hits both FTs.
Maxey for three!! Is this his time to shine? He had 7 in the first half, and has 5 already in the thrid.
Butler spinning to shake Embiid off of him, and he hits the mid range jumper. He's got 17.
Maxey at the line for the first points of the third quarter. He hits both and the Sixers lead by 10.
We are back in play in the second half from the Wells Fargo Center.
Harden's passing has opened up scoring chances. Which he took advantage of in the second quarter, scoring all 13 points in the second 12 of the game.
Danny Green kept his hot streak form downtown going 3-3 from downtown after going 7-9 from three in Game 1.
Lowry looks like he's still feeling the effects of the hamstring injury that kept him out of the first two games of the series. But here he didn't have any signs of struggle.
Harden came to life in that second quarter with 13 points. Embiid still leads the Sixers with his 15 first quarter points.
Butler has 15 and Adebayo has 12 to lead the Heat.
Maxey with the runner to take us to halftime! The Sixers are back up by 8 heading into the final 24 minutes of Game 4.
Niang for three for the first time tonight!
Herro hits a tough baseline jumper with a hand in his face.
Harden back at the line, and he hits both. He's got 13 points, all in the second quarter.
Butler using his body to get into the paint, gets fouled and finishes. He's got 15 after the made FT.
Butler on the baseline with the fader. He is keeping the Heat in this ball game late in the second quarter.
Harden to the line and he hits one of two.
Butler breaks the run with a three ball to silence the fans!
Harden is on FIRE!!! 17-4 run for the Sixers!! He's got all 10 points tonight in this second half.
Harden in transition going into the body of the Miami defenders and he knocks it down as he implores the crowd to get on their feet in Philly.
What a pass from Harden to Harris on the baseline cut!
Harden to the line, and he hits two of two.
Herro on the pretty drive to the basket and he gets it to drop off the glass.
Green again!!! This time he drills the three in transition and gets fouled by Struss! FT is not good, but the three time champ has 13
Green with his second three of the game! He struggled from behind the arc in Miami, but is making up for lost time over the last two games.
Lowry just came off the court and headed straight to the locker room. We will keep you posted on Lowry
Adebayo on the pull up jumper! We have a timeout with just under 7 minutes left in the second quarter.
Harden dropped Lowry and drained the three ball!!
Butler working patiently around the bucket, and he gets it to go off the glass.
Hero with a long ball!! He's outscoring the entire PHilly bench in this series.
Harris with a mid ranger.
Adebayo going up and under. He had a mismatch on Harris with Embiid still on the bench and the Heat are looking to exploit that.
Butler to the lie after getting fouled by Green. Both FTs good as Green continutes to argue with the refs.
Reed with the slam off the feed from Harden.
Oladipo back at the line, and he hits one of two.
Lowry finds Adebayo on the cut to the basket, and he jams it home.
Harris gets the mid ranger to go on the near side.
Lowry all alone on his way to the basket, but was grabbing that injured hamstring on the way back down the floor.
Vincent with the foul on Embiid. The big man toes the line to chants of MVP ringing out around the Wells Fargo Center. Both FT's are good and he has 15 points as the first quarter comes to a close.
Herro with a long two from the top of the key. Those are his first points of the night.
Embiid gets the roll off the rim. He's in double digits already.
Adebayo starting to make his mark on the game. This time on a slash to the basket.
Maxey with a catch and shoot triple! He was 4/4 from downtown to end last game, and he continues tonight.
Adebayo at the line and he gets both to go.
Thybulle in the corner for three!!! He could be a key for the Sixers success tonight. They can depend on production from Harden and Embiid, but guys like Thybulle and Maxey are so important.
Oladipo back at the line, and he hits both. He's got 7 points, five from the line.
Oladipo going right into the chest of Embiid!. Joel effects so many shots, but not on that occasion against Oladipo.
Embiid banks home a three from the top of the key! He's had some wild threes already tonight, but that one works out for him and the Sixers.
Oladipo back at the line, but this time makes just one of two.
Oladipo at the line for the first time today. He knocks both down. He is one of the keys to the Heat's success, and they would love to see him have a nice game tonight.
Tucker with a slash to the rack. He's got five points on the night.
Green with a steal to take the ball right back after Harden turned it over. He gets the lay up to put the Sixers up 4.
Embiid back down low and the Sixers are feeding the beast! He's got 8 points already.
Green in the corner for three! How many times have we seen him hit that shot over his career?? Timeout with 6:59 to go in the first quarter.
Tucker and Butler with a couple of quick baskets around the rim.
Embiid to the line and he hits two of two.
Adebayo on the board for the first time tonight and he's is looking to forget about a tough outting in Game 3.
Embiid down low and the Sixers are getting him the ball close to the basket and letting him go to work on the Miami defense.
Butler to the line, and he hits one of two on the first trip for either team to the FT line.
Harris to the rack and he's got his first points of the game.
Struss in the corner, and all the Heat baskets have come from downtown.
Maxey going to the rack early. Doc Rivers really wants to see Maxey go off tonight.
Harden to Embiid down low! He had 18 last game, 12 under his average, but they go right at him early on.
Tucker in the corner for three to start the scoring in Philly!
We are underway from Philly! Huge game from the Well Fargo Center.
The Sixers are two point favorites tonight in Game 4, and the Over/Under is set at 208. I think this game goes way over. Both teams are getting close to full strength, and that should produce points in tonight's game.
Kyle Lowry is back in the starting five for the second straight game after suffering a hamstring strain in the first round series against the Hawks. He played 25 minutes, but didn't have a single point in Game 3.
This is Doc Rivers' starting five for Game 4 from Philadelphia. Tobias Harris had a fanstasic Game 3, flirting with a triple-double with 9 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists. He will be hoping to have the same impact on tonight's game.
Embiid back in Game 3, but Sixers fined
I'm sure the Sixers would have paid just about any price to get Joel Embiid back in Game 3, and his return did come with a price. Philly announced that their MVP candidate would be back in the line up just 40 minutes before tip off. The NBA handed out a $50,000 fine for the tardy announcement.
Embiid back in Game 3, but Sixers fined
I'm sure the Sixers would have paid just about any price to get Joel Embiid back in Game 3, and his return did come with a price. Philly announced that their MVP candidate would be back in the line up just 40 minutes before tip off.
Adebayo silenced in Game 3
Bam Adebayo has been one of Miami’s best players all season, and carrying into the playoffs, but he was kept quiet in the Heat loss in Philly last game. Joel Embiid certainly had something to do with his slow night. He scored just 9 points and had only 3 rebounds on Friday, which are five points and five rebounds off his average this postseason.
The Masked Man returns
Joel Embiid broke his orbital bone on a collision with Pascal Siakam in the first round series against the Toronto Raptors. He missed the first two games in Miami as the Heat took a 2-0 advantage. Embiid came back in Game 2 rocking the horror movie looking mask and terrorized the Heat on the offensive and defensive end.
Embiid, just what the Doc ordered
Joel Embiid may not have been at his best in his return to the Sixers starting five, but Philly head coach Doc Rivers knows even a rusty Embiid is better than no Embiid. "Any plan where you can have Joel as part of the plan is a much better plan," said 76ers coach Doc Rivers. "I knew his presence would have an impact. I was positive of that."
Philly a new team with Embiid say Butler
Jimmy Butler’s 33 points were not enough to keep Game 3 close, as Philly went on to cruise to a 20 points victory. He knows that when Embiid is healthy, the Sixers are a much different team. "You add Joel to any team, home or away, the game, the scouting report, it changes drastically," said Heat forward Jimmy Butler. "It's been like that for his entire career."
P.J. Tucker and the Heat will be hoping their offense bouces back tonight after a sluggish shooting performance in Game 3 on Friday.
It's a very special day in Philly and all around the nation as Moms are celebrated everywhere. Will the Sixers be giving thier moms a Mother's Day win to even the series at 2-2?
Game 3 recap
The Sixers got a big boost in Game 3 when they got their superstar, and likely MVP incumbent back from an orbital bone injury he suffered in the first round series against the Toronto Raptors. Four different Sixers have 17 points or more, including Joel Embiid who had 18 and 11 rebounds in his return. The defense finally showed up for Philly, who held the Heat to just 79 points on 35% shooting.
We are live from Philly
Hello everyone and welcome to the City of Brotherly Love where the Sixers are home once again and looking to take the series back down south all square at 2-2, while the Heat have a chance to draw within a game of the Eastern Conference Finals if they can take down Philly tonight.
Heat vs. Sixers Game 4
The top seeded Miami Heat lead the Philadelphia 76ers 2-1 coming into Game 4 of the second round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs. AS English will be with you for all four quarters as Joel Embiid and the Sixers look to even the series up from the Wells Fargo Center.