Miami Heats closed Game 2 with a victory of 119-103 against the Philadelphia 76ers in South Beach. An immense contribution from the entire line-up, including the bench, got Miami Heat closer to securing a spot in the Eastern Conference finals, which would have either Boston Celtics or Milwaukee Bucks as a competitor.
The two players from Miami Heat who remained under the spotlight were Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo. Both led their side with a combined total of 45 points, 15 rebounds, and 15 assists.
The 76ers were, on the other hand, led by stars James Harden and Tyrese Maxey, who put up a combined total of 54 points, ten rebounds, and seven assists. However, they could bring the team to the center with a victory as the Heat lightened up the space with their play.
Miami Heat caught a huge break after Philadelphia announced that their star player, Joel Embiid, would be sidelined for the start of the second round due to sufferings from a broken orbital bone and concussion in Game 6, which was played against the Toronto Raptors.
Despite the absence of the most valued player for the 76ers, there was a lot of pressure on the Miami Heat to keep the game alive in their favor until Joel Embiid returned to the court.
Heat led the game from the end of the first quarter to spend a lot of time up in double digits while not being threatened by any situation whatsoever. The 76ers have a lot to think about after the loss against the Miami Heat.
Joel Embiid’s return is a question mark for the rest of the game, and the 76ers may have to do away with the best they have got in their line-up. They are required to win at least 4 of the remaining five games, including one that would be played against the Miami Heat at their home.
Challenges will not rest for the 76ers as Miami Heat remain undefeated at their home during the playoffs. Not just Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo, but even the bench contributed immensely to the winning scoreboard of the team. Tyler Herro and Victor Oladipo led the other side.
Tyler Herro started with a fire and played an important role in Miami Heat’s surge over the competitor. His final score stood at 18 points, seven rebounds, and three assists. With this, Tyler Herro proved a reliable scoring option for the team.
Victor Oladipo has rarely been consistent with his performance. Yet, he managed to total 19 points and six rebounds. Assuming he continues a similar performance for the rest of the game, it could turn into a big boost for Miami Heat through the remainder of the playoffs.
Overall, the bench outscored the 76ers’ unit by 52-19. The Philadelphia 76ers had their moment with Tyrese Maxey, who played for more than 43 minutes to 34 points on 12 of 22 from the field. During the postseason, he has been impressive and tried his best to put up the best game against the Miami Heat.
The 76ers could not win the game, but there is a scope of them making a comeback in the series. Tyrese Maxey has had his fair share of nights against the elite defenses, and he has also been showcasing encouraging signs to move forward in the series. The Philadelphia 76ers remained within striking distance but lost the game.