The Philadelphia 76ers won Games 3 and 4 on the road to earn a chance to close out the Miami Heat at home on Tuesday.
The Philadelphia 76ers are one win away from advancing to the second round of the playoffs, and the Sixers will have a chance to make that happen on their home floor in Tuesday night’s Game 5 against the Miami Heat.
After splitting the first two games in Philly, the Sixers went down to South Beach and took both contests. The return of Joel Embiid bolstered the lineup, though the big man wasn’t even particularly good in Philadelphia’s 106-102 Game 4 victory over the weekend.
In fact, the Sixers as a team struggled throughout much of the game. Philly turned the ball over a whopping 27 times and shot 7 of 31 on 3-pointers, yet still found a way to pull out the victory. The Sixers erased a 12-point second-half deficit and put the clamps on the Heat in the fourth quarter, holding the home team to just 19 points in the frame.
Ben Simmons finally recorded his first career playoff triple-double after knocking on the door of one in the first three games of the series. The rookie is nearly averaging a triple-double in the playoffs with 19.3 points, 10.8 rebounds and 9.8 assists per game. Simmons’ 19.3 points per game leads a balanced offensive attack that is putting up 116.8 points per game against Miami.
While the Heat mostly floundered in the fourth quarter, they still had a chance late because of more Dwyane Wade heroics. After playing savior in Game 2 but struggling in Game 3, Wade scored 12 of his game-high 25 points in the fourth quarter of Game 4, with 10 of those points coming in the last four minutes.
However, Simmons and J.J. Redick did just enough to hold off Miami. Simmons scored on a driving dunk after Wade had trimmed the margin to one point with about a minute left, and Redick followed up another Wade bucket with a jumper. Redick also hit the game-clinching free throws as part of a 24-point performance.
Heat guard Josh Richardson suffered a left shoulder injury in Game 4, but he’s expected to suit up in Tuesday’s must-win Game 5.
Date: Tuesday, April 24
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Venue: Wells Fargo Center
TV Info: TNT, NBC Sports Philadelphia, FOX Sports Sun
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The Sixers and their home crowd are sure to be amped up for the chance to advance. If Philly can keep its emotions in check and limit the turnovers, this series should be over Tuesday. But don’t count the Heat out just yet.