James Harden and Joel Embiid carry Philadelphia against Miami in the NBA play-offs
After the glitter of the Grand Prix won by Max Verstappen on Sunday evening, a new big sports evening is announced in Miami on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday. A crucial Game 5 will pit the local Heat against Philadelphia.
The Sixers, who seemed on the ropes, have raised their heads since the return of Joel Embiid. Comeback confirmed in the night from Sunday to Monday by a second success in a row at home against the Floridians (116-108). The series is now tied (2-2). The Philadelphia All-Stars duo made the difference against a too lonely Jimmy Butler (40 points, 13/20, 6 assists).
James Harden, in particular, found the target a wobbly start to the play-off campaign, and ensured several shots in the decisive moments. He ultimately compiled 31 points at 8 of 18 shooting, including a nice 6/10 from 3 points and a good handful of « step-backs », his signature shot, plus 7 rebounds and 9 assists in 41 minutes spent on the floor
Embiid, who wears a hard mask so he can play after being sidelined with a thumb injury and a fractured orbital, added 24 points and 11 rebounds.