Tonight will mark the third game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Miami Heat in their playoff series. The first game was on April 14 when the 76ers defeated the Heat with a 130-103 score. During that game, J.J. Redick scored twenty-eight points, grabbed two rebounds, gave out one assist, and committed one steal while Kelly Olynyk finished with twenty-six points, seven rebounds, two assists and one block. The 76ers and the Heat met up again on April 16 as the Heat got revenge with a 113 to 103 win. Dwyane Wade finished that game with twenty-eight points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals while Ben Simmons had twenty-four points, nine rebounds, eight assists and two blocks. Each team will look to grab a 2-1 lead as they battle each other in South Beach for their third game.
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (knee; 5.8 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 1.0 APG, 37.5 FG%, 33.5 3P%)
Richaun Holmes (coach’s decision; 6.5 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 1.3 APG, 56.0 FG%, 12.9 3P%)
Jerryd Bayless (7.9 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 1.4 APG, 41.6 FG%, 37.0 3P%)
Furkan Korkmaz (1.6 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 28.6 FG%, 29.4 3P%)
Dion Waiters (ankle; 14.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 3.8 APG, 39.8 FG%, 30.6 3P%)
Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision; 0.6 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.4 APG, 20.0 FG%, 12.5 3P%)
Jordan Mickey (4.0 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 47.6 FG%, 12.5 3P%)
The beginning of the game would be held to a competitive standard as the Miami Heat shot fifty percent from the field while the Philadelphia 76ers shot forty-six percent. Goran Dragic scored twelve points on sixty percent shooting while recording two defensive rebounds and five assists. Justise Winslow played fifteen minutes off of the bench as he got hot for nineteen points, including four three-pointers. North Dakota-native Tyler Johnson helped out with eight points while drilling two three-pointers in the first quarter. Dwayne Wade was kept to just two points off of the bench while Hassan Whiteside had three points. Kelly Olynyk played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept to just a three-pointer and a free-throw.
On the other end of the court, Joel Embiid chalked up eleven points but only shot twenty-nine percent from the field. He did have a three-pointer late in the second quarter while putting up three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block. Dario Saric had nine points which included a three-pointer in the second quarter. He also had three rebounds and one assist while Robert Covington scored seven points with a three-pointer in the middle of the first quarter. Ben Simmons also had seven points along with six rebounds, seven assists and one steal. Former Golden State Warriors guard Marco Belinelli played fourteen minutes off of the bench as he had fourteen points but it was the home team who walked into halftime with a tight 64-63 lead.
The 76ers would respond in the second half with a huge 65 to 44 run as they shot fifty-seven percent from the field, keeping the Heat to forty-one percent. During that run, Simmons, Saric and Embiid all had twelve points each. Ben Simmons also collected six defensive rebounds and three steals while Dario Saric had three three-pointers, four rebounds and three assists. Joel Embiid earned himself two three-pointers as well as four defensive rebounds, two assists and two blocks. Goran Dragic and Josh Richardson each scored eleven points for the Heat but it wasn’t enough as the Philadelphia 76ers handed the Miami Heat a 128-108 loss, taking a 2-1 lead in the series. Goran Dragic finished with twenty-three points, two rebounds, eight assists and one steal while Joel Embiid had twenty-three points in his return, along with seven rebounds, four assists, one steal and three blocks.