This is what the 76ers-Heat bloodbath has sunk to

"(The Sixers) did everything possible", Embiid told Shelburne.

In the meantime, Embiid would go for 23 points, seven rebounds and four assists on his playoff debut.

Two hours before tip, he was probable, likely thanks to the mask that would protect his still-healing left orbital bone.

LaMarcus Aldridge had a team-best 19 points for the Spurs, who played without head coach Gregg Popovich one day after the death of his wife, Erin, following a long illness. "Not only was he injured, but he had to play in a playoff game on the road in a mask". Instead, the only thing people were talking about on social media was the protective mask Embiid wore, which was unlike any the National Basketball Association had ever seen. It has a protective lens in there as well. "It's time to come back'".

Miami's Justice Winslow led all scorers with 19 points on 4-for-6 shooting in the first half, all field goals coming from beyond the arc. Little did they know I have about 50 of them, so it's going to take much more than that to get me out of the series. We are not here to make friends. The Rookie of the Year contender also added seven assists and four steals with only three turnovers in 40 minutes on the ball, teaming with Embiid, who added seven boards, four assists, three blocks and a steal of his own, to give Brett Brown's club a one-two punch that the hard-charging Heat simply couldn't handle with the game in the balance. Miami's Justise Winslow stomped on the mask, and after the game, Embiid was asked about it.

Jo, a couple days ago you put one Instagram post, where you had you guys playing against this team, the Heat, then it was playing against Boston, the Cavs, then there was one against the Warriors. He went up for a fadeaway shot, but was rejected by Embiid.

"It was annoying", Embiid said of the mask. When he blocked me I didn't really see him. good for him. "But I'm glad, came back today and we got a win". Coach wants me to just be in the corner and set picks.

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"He's a focal point of their offense and he causes a lot of mismatches", Winslow said.

"It changes things, for sure", he said. Dario Sario waltzed his way to 21, while Robert Covington and J.J. Redick added 11 and 10, respectively.

Under the guidance of Mirotic, the Pelicans unleashed a barrage of 3-pointers starting midway through the first quarter.

The Sixers began the second quarter on a 12-1 run, but Miami punched back and maintained a 64-63 edge at halftime.

The 76ers outscored the Heat 32-14 in the fourth quarter, and took a 2-1 lead in the series.

"We were ready", Saric said of the Sixers' Game 3 mindset, after they lost Game 2. Olynyk has a more even distribution for his shot selection between attempts near the rim (34 percent), midrange shots (25 percent) and three-pointers (41 percent) for Miami.

Happy New Orleans fans will pack Smoothie King on Saturday for Game 4 at 2:00 PM PST in Louisiana.

  • Michelle Webb