MIAMI — Shots fell once more for the Miami Heat. They saved Joel Embiid and James Harden in take a look at. Their trainer were given an in-game therapeutic massage from DJ Khaled.
Yes, in point of fact.
It was once that form of night time for the Heat, who — even with out everybody getting shoulder rubs — are feeling beautiful excellent about their playoff potentialities once more.
Jimmy Butler scored 23 issues, Max Strus added 19 issues and 10 rebounds, and the Heat moved one win clear of a shuttle to the Eastern Conference finals via topping the Philadelphia 76ers 120-85 on Tuesday.
The 35-point margin of victory matched the most important to this point on this yr’s playoffs — Philadelphia beat Toronto via 35 within the series-clincher of that first-round matchup — and coupled the second-largest in Heat postseason historical past.
“They had been simply extra bodily,” 76ers coach Doc Rivers said. “We didn’t run anything. We didn’t run our stuff very well. We played at a snail’s pace … everything they did tonight was harder and better. Their stuff was better, their energy was better.”
Victor Oladipo scored 13 for Miami, which were given 12 from Bam Adebayo and 10 apiece from Tyler Herro and P.J. Tucker. The top-seeded Heat now lead the East semifinal collection 3-2, and stepped forward to an NBA-best 6-0 at house in those playoffs.
Joel Embiid scored 17 issues for fourth-seeded Philadelphia, which were given 14 from James Harden and 12 from Tobias Harris. The 76ers had been down via 15 going into the fourth quarter, then gave up 12 consecutive issues to open the length.
“Tonight, we were not targeted sufficient,” Embiid said.
Game 6 is in Philadelphia on Thursday, win-or-else for the 76ers, a chance to move on for the Heat.
“We’re capable of it, if we get some stops,” Butler mentioned. “It’s a troublesome position to play.”
So is Miami.
Tyrese Maxey made a deep 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left within the 3rd to drag Philadelphia inside 81-66. Whatever hope remained for the 76ers in that second was once short-lived.
A jumper from Herro after which 5 immediately issues from Strus had been the beginning of Miami’s game-sealing flurry that opened the fourth. A 3-point play from Adebayo driven the result in 25, at which level Embiid looked at with the end result obviously now not in query.
“It’s only one recreation,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “They know it. We know it.”
It was once a tricky night time all of the method round for the Sixers, particularly for Embiid — their perfect participant, already dressed in a masks to give protection to a facial fracture and coping with a vital thumb damage.
Embiid were given shaken up within the first quarter when he attempted to dive into some baseline seats whilst making an attempt to save lots of a unfastened ball. He doubled over in a while in a while, grabbing at his again.
He remained within the recreation after that scare.
He additionally remained within the recreation after the following scare, which was once a lot worse.
It got here halfway thru the second one quarter, when Miami’s Dewayne Dedmon ignored a shot and Embiid grabbed the rebound. Dedmon, flailing for the ball, made touch with it — and wound up pushing it again into Embiid’s mask-covered face.
“Pretty painful,” Embiid mentioned.
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