NBA regular season

Heat douse 76ers’ win streak in runaway victory

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Heat douse 76ers’ win streak in runaway victory

LOSE AGAIN. Joel Embiid and the 76ers fall to the Heat.

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The Heat take advantage of the absence of James Harden as the 76ers witness their five-game win streak snapped

Tyler Herro and Jimmy Butler scored 21 points each as the host Miami Heat cooled off the Philadelphia 76ers, 99-82, on Saturday, March 5 (Sunday, March 6, Manila time).

Butler (left big toe) and teammate PJ. Tucker (left knee) returned after missing one game each due to injury. Tucker scored 2 points.

Joel Embiid led the Sixers with 22 points and 15 rebounds, both game-highs. He also went 14-for-14 from the foul line. However, he made just 4-of-15 shots, including 0-for-6 on three-pointers.

Embiid, who was forced into a team-high 4 turnovers for the game, had just 6 points in the first half on 2-for-10 shooting.

The Sixers, who played without star guard James Harden (left hamstring injury), had their five-game win streak snapped. The Sixers had averaged 125.8 points during their streak.

For Miami, starting point guard Kyle Lowry missed another game due to personal reasons. He has missed 12 of the past 21 games.

The Heat improved to 22-7 at home. They are 11-2 in their past 13 games overall and they have beaten the Sixers twice in three tries.

Philadelphia started poorly with its lowest scoring first quarter of the season. The Sixers shot just 21.7% and trailed by as many as 11 points. By the end of the quarter, the Heat led 22-14.

Butler had 10 first-quarter points, nearly matching the Sixers on his own, and Embiid shot just 2-for-9.

Miami stretched its second-quarter lead to 20 points before settling for a 54-40 advantage at halftime. Herro led all scorers with 13 points, making 5-of-6 shots. Miami shot 61.1% in the second quarter.

In the third quarter, Embiid scored 12 points as the Sixers cut their deficit to 70-68 with 7.2 seconds left. But the last play of the quarter – a Gabe Vincent three-pointer – gave Miami a 73-68 advantage.

Miami never relinquished its lead in the fourth quarter.

For the game, Miami shot 48.6%, including 13-for-28 on three-pointers.

The Sixers shot just 34.1%, including 7-for-41 on three-pointers (17.1%).

Herro set a franchise record with his sixth straight 20-plus-points performance off the bench. – Rappler.com