Back in Florida after a missed visit to Pennsylvania, the Heat started this fifth game in a big way, like this first quarter at 13/26 in scoring (31 points). As in the previous game, Jimmy Butler starred from the start with 11 points. The Sixers lack rhythm and confidence in attack (8/20), and to make matters worse, they give the baton to defeat: the Heat score 8 points from the four lost balls of Doc Rivers.
The second quarter is somewhat more reassuring for the Sixers, who show a poor 7/20 in the shots as Joel Embiid jostles and hurts his face despite his protective mask, following an unintended blow from Dewayne Dedmon. A good pass from Victor Oladipo makes the gap to +18, but some baskets from James Harden and Tobias Harris finally allow Philly to limit the damage on the break (56-44).
The few promises the 76ers made at the end of the first half were quickly dashed by the sinking of the second half. In a total loss in attack, with only 41 points scored at 16/45 on shots, 76 players lost a foothold and fell well halfway through the third quarter. The +37 (!!) gap reached in the final chapter, and the end of the match was an unsurprising time, with spectators leaving the room long before the last bell.
The Miami players, who dominated Philadelphia, and racked up a sixth win in the most home games in this 2022 playoffs, signed off on the best reaction possible. The Heat offers a game point and will have the opportunity to qualify for the Eastern Conference Finals in Game 6 in Philadelphia on Thursday.
What to remember
– Duncan Robinson returns. In the closet since the start of the series, the Hit sniper has reappeared, to the audience’s applause that he may have missed. His performance, 4 points in 13 minutes, is rather anecdotal, but we especially remember the tactical choice of his coach, Eric Spoelstra, who cut short Victor Oladipo’s minutes during this match. Marking a gradual and lasting comeback for the former Michigan in the Heat’s rotation?
– The Heat has regained some semblance of the overseas title. In great difficulty in this exercise over the previous two games in Philadelphia, Miami reconciled with the shot behind the arc in this game 5. With 13/33, which always leaves room for a better choice of shots, the Miami team recovered and looked like the team that finished the best behind the arc. In the regular season.
– No Kyle Lowry. It was to be expected, given his physical condition that it was painful to see in the fourth game, the captain, who had been hampered by his physical glitches since the start of qualifying, was absent from this fifth match, looking unlikely to see him again. The entire series. Even without him, the Heat has a great deal of leeway.
✅ heat pool. Everyone benefited from this win in Miami: seven players who scored 10 points or more! A special mention is clearly Jimmy Butler, who signs a high-quality performance again, with 23 points (9/15), 9 rebounds and 6 assists. If the match had been more competitive in the second period, it’s a safe bet that the “Jimmy Buckets” would have ended with a triple-double. Big game from Max Strus too, who quietly collected 19 points (7/13) and 10 rebounds in 27 minutes.
✅ Joel Embiid. It’s hard to get a positive result out of this bout for a 76-second sprint after this fall, but the flexibility of the hub should be emphasized. Embarrassed by his mask, then violently slapped on the forehead by Deadmon, “Process” gritted its teeth until its final exit, in the fourth quarter when the gap crossed +30. In 33 minutes, he scored 17 points (7/12), 5 rebounds and 2 assists.
⛔️ Therese Maxi. The 76ers goalkeeper played his worst game in the playoffs. Neither with rhythm nor with confidence, like his team in general, he scored 9 small points at 2/10 of shots. Philly’s third thief will have to do better at home in Game Six on Thursday, in what could be the 76ers’ last game of the season.
Game 6: In Philadelphia, the night of Thursday 12 to Friday 13, 01:00