After winning Game 3 in style, the 76ers have the opportunity, still on their home ground, to equalize and restart the series completely.
A successful first half for the locals, who planted 30 points in the first quarter, half of which were scored by Joel Embiid in good shape. The Heat is more clumsy, but their attack is better distributed, and this allows them to point to -2 after twelve minutes (30-28).
Despite having a small air pocket at the start of the second quarter, which coincides with the passage of “Operation” off the bench, the Sixers continue their march forward in an overall convincing fashion. Thanks especially to the rise of James Harden, who scored 10 of his 13 first-period points in the second quarter, and the confirmation of awakening Danny Green (11 points, 3/3 to 3 points).
At the end of this first period generally dominated by Doc Rivers’ men, the +8 (64-56) gap was in favor of the Sixers, who look great on the Wells Fargo Center floor.
After the break, Miami didn’t get away with it, like an amazing third quarter for Jimmy Butler, who scored 17 points. The 76ers, despite little attack in the static, survived and maintained superiority after three quarters (89-85), thanks to Joel Embiid who bombed near the circle.
The latter act is much quieter for the locals. The Heat can still count on very good Jimmy Butler, who hits the 40-point mark, but the winger is a bit lonely and Miami’s formation is very short in the final minutes. After a final “move” from James Harden, which sealed a Philly win (116-108) and made Wells Fargo’s center roar. The series will return to Philadelphia.
The Sixers embarked poorly last week, and the return of Joel Embiid completely changed the game, and the most exciting is yet to come.
What to remember
– The Heat’s outdoor title collapses. The best team in the league during the regular season in three-point shooting practice, the Heat tied two very complicated games on the field. In Game 3, Jimmy Butler and his teammates converted only 7 shots out of 30 attempts, before doing worse in this fourth inning, with a 7/35. Result without resuming this failure in the title: Two defeats. Miami can no longer adjust the sights behind the arch.
– Danny Green is alive and well! His performances in Miami, during the first two games of the series, were particularly unsettling. But since returning to Philadelphia, the back is back in color. After match 3 at 21 points and 7/9 with three points, he continues a second convincing ride. In 24 minutes, he scored 11 points at 3/4 behind the arc. It’s a combined 10/13 over the two encounters, and coincides, not without surprise, with two wins for 76ers. When the former UNC captain planted his outside shots, Philly is doing well.
✅ Joel Embiid and James Harden. Both the club’s All-Stars scored a historic win, and that bodes well for the rest of this streak. The former started off very strong, scoring 15 of the club’s 30 points in the first quarter, before gradually leaving control to his teammate to focus on defence. The bearded full-back rose to prominence in the second quarter, then stood out throughout the second period. The Cameroonian collects 24 points (7/13) and 11 rebounds, as the California native approaches the triple-double, with 31 points (8/18), 7 rebounds and 9 assists.
✅ Therese Maxi. The young “combo keeper” perfectly performed his role as a third thief. With a particularly good pass in the third quarter, during which he provided a welcome boost to the Sixers a bit in the hard attack, he signs a less “glamorous” game than his teammates, but nonetheless completed: 18 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists .
✅ Jimmy Butler. As in Game 3, we have little sense that the Heat winger fought alone during this match 4. Consistently in his efforts, the “Jimmy Buckets” planted 40 points, including 17 in the third quarter (and 25 in total in the inning). The second), also with 3 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 blocks and 2 shots. Intense and complete match, just like his game. Unfortunately, she is too short to dodge defeat for his team, who may have let him down in attack.
⛔️ Kyle Lowry. Another tough evening for the captain, who has been juggling some physical errors since the start of qualifying. He was visibly upset with his hip and back during the match, and made noticeable returns to the locker room twice, and his performances on the floor were not so memorable. The Philadelphia native, who was passing in his area, scores a small game with 6 points at 3/10 from shots (and 3 rebounds, 7 assists). It’s better than his 3-point zero game…
Fifth game: In Miami on the night of Tuesday, May 10 to Wednesday, May 11 at 1:30 a.m.