It is a great night to be a Miami Heat fan as they survive their second game of a back to back, taking down Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers in overtime 117-116. Philadelphia looked like they had the game in the final seconds after the 76ers got an offensive rebound and were holding the ball expecting a foul. Embiid, however, got the ball tipped off his hands by Jimmy Butler, leading to a Tyler Herro three-pointer and a 2 point lead with 6.9 seconds to go.
Another wild situation occurred when Josh Richardson was fouled by Goran Dragic with 1.0 seconds to go, sending him to the free-throw line. Richardson missed the first free throw, making Heat fans think the game was over. Richardson intentionally missed the free-throw and Ben Simmons got a putback layup to even the game and send it to overtime.
Late in overtime, Bam Adebayo hit a big-time layup with 29.2 seconds left but could not stop an alley-oop to Ben Simmons, evening up the game with 18.3 left. Jimmy Butler was fouled with 02.3 on a game-winning attempt, sending him to the line.
Butler missed the first but took the lead for the Heat by hitting the second. On the final possession, Philadelphia found Tobias Harris for a wide-open corner three-pointer but missed, giving Miami the home victory. Miami improves to 24-8 and 15-1 at home. Philadelphia ends their back to back 0-2, with losses to Miami and the Orlando Magic last night, falling to 23-12.
With the Boston Celtics losing to the Toronto Raptors tonight, the Heat are now second in the Eastern Conference standings, just 4 games behind the Milwaukee Bucks for the first spot.
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Takeaways From Tonights Victory:
1) Jimmy Butler has to able to make his free throws in the clutch:
Jimmy Butler once again scared the life out of Heat fans, missing the first of two free throws to take the lead. Although he made one, Philadelphia could have hit a two-pointer and taken a one-point victory. It is not the first time either, recently against the Dallas Mavericks he failed to hit 2 free throws to close the game in overtime.
2) Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson are the Eastern Conference’s Splash Bros:
Tyler Herro was a hero as he saved the game for Miami in the fourth quarter with a go-ahead three and gave them energy in overtime with a three to give Miami a lead early in OT. Duncan Robinson was 100% shooting, hitting all 6 of his shots, 4 being three-pointers, finishing with 16 points. Every night both Herro and Robinson are hot, Miami goes into a different level offensively.
3) Joel Embiid is the NBA’s Top Center:
Joel Embiid was another level tonight, finishing with 35 points on 11-16 shooting, the most he has ever scored against the Heat. Bam Adebayo had a tough time containing Embiid, forcing them to go into a 2-3 zone to try and limit his touches. Embiid also hit from deep twice late in the fourth quarter to keep the 76ers alive. Joel Embiid continues to show his dominance against every team he faces.
The Miami Heat will have the Sunday to rest as they prepare for an away game against the 9-22 Washington Wizards on December 30th. The Philadelphia 76ers will play again December 31st as they travel to face the 21-12 Indiana Pacers.