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The 5 best personal beefs from Heat-76ers Game 3

21 April 2018, 04:25 | Mandy Simon

Whenever he does return Joel Embiid will not be wearing this mask. More

Whenever he does return Joel Embiid will not be wearing this mask. More

Spoelstra clearly has matchups in mind with this move, but Whiteside could surely be of help with Joel Embiid posting up and is a huge asset around the rim snagging loose balls nearly at will. After listing Embiid as doubtful Thursday morning, the Sixers unexpectedly upgraded him to probable in the afternoon, setting the stage for his first taste of playoff action.

Thursday's win gave the Warriors their 18th successive victory in the Western Conference playoffs.

The All-Star center lead his team in scoring and finished with 23 points, seven rebounds, and four assists.

"I think John Townsend has done an excellent job with him as our shooting coach, trying to get him focused and more reps prior to the Playoffs", said Brown. Ben Simmons had 19 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and four steals in the victory. I wish I was in that game to also act like that, because it kind of pissed me off and I was on the sideline, like really mad.

In the midst of getting into a groove in the final games of the season, Philadelphia 76ers star center Joel Embiid suffered a painful injury, fracturing his orbital bone after incidental contact with rookie Markelle Fultz, who had just come back from a lengthy absence. "I'll spend some time working that out in the next day in a half".

The 76ers will likely be favored by roughly five points.

In the end, the Philadelphia 76ers showed how good of a team they can be with Joel Embiid on the floor.

"It's definitely a different look when you have an All-Star back in the lineup", Winslow said. "It changes things, for sure".

Goran Dragic had 23 points and Justise Winslow had 19 for the Heat, who host Game 4 on Saturday.

Game 4 is scheduled to start at 2:30 tomorrow and can be watched on TNT.

Embiid banked in a turnaround straightaway jumper - a fortuitous bounce - to put Philadelphia up nine late on, then connected on a three-pointer and added a pair of throws to start the spurt that put away the game.

Miami couldn't find any sort of stride. Whiteside, by contrast, had a single basket in yet another foul-filled performance, closing with five points and two rebounds.

The game turned when the 76ers opened the fourth quarter with a 9-1 run, with the Heat relying too much offensively on Game 2 hero Dwyane Wade and unable to get Whiteside going.

At halftime of Game 2, there was even more reason to wonder, as the Sixers had just been outscored 34-13 in a physical second quarter that seemed to epitomize playoff basketball.

"We were ready", Saric said of the Sixers' Game 3 mindset, after they lost Game 2.

"It's clear that the first game and the third game were played on their terms", Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra said.

A Marco Belinelli four-point play put Philadelphia up by three and a Redick triple extended the lead to 24-18 with 3:57 to play in the quarter.

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