The Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Miami Heat 106-102 in Game 4 on Saturday night to take a commanding 3-1 series lead. This was a physical playoff game after a “hard” foul from Robert Covington on Heat guard Goran Dragic that led to both teams being separated. The Sixers will now have a chance to close out the Miami Heat at home on Monday and their first playoff series win since 2012. The Sixers went into Miami and won Games 3 & 4 with the resurgence from their All-Star Center Joel Embiid returning. That gave the Sixers much more confidence heading into both games and they took care of business.
They were led by the their rookie point guard Ben Simmons who had his first career playoff triple-double with 17 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assist. He controlled the game once again getting guys looks from all over the floor. Joel Embiid in his second game back had a double-double scoring 14 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. He also had also had 5 blocks more than the Heat team combined and had a block on Heat All-Star Goran Dragic that sent him falling out of bounds. These two have controlled the past two games and been tough for the Heat to deal with when both of them are on the floor together. JJ Redick led the Sixers with 24 points on 8-18 shooting and continues to show why they organization gave him 23 million.
The Sixers Outrebounded the Heat 57-43. They also were a plus 14 from the free throw line 27-13 which ultimately could have been the difference in the game. The Heat caused 26 Sixer turnovers and they still found a way to win the game.
The Heat led by their future Hall of Famer Dwayne Wade who scored 25 points on 10-22 shooting but it wasn’t enough. Goran Dragic contributed like he has been doing all series long with 20 points on 9-19 shooting. They did get finally get a much needed contribution from their center Hassan Whiteside who chipped in with 13 points and 13 rebounds. They had opportunities at the end of this one to win the game but just couldn’t get stops. They now travel back to the Wells Fargo Arena facing elimination and the Sixers fans can’t wait.
Game: Monday 4/23 time no yet determined.
What To Watch For: Can Heat keep the others: Redick, Saric, Belinelli from making major contributions?
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