The 76ers were down 16 points late in the fourth quarter, but with Simmons, Saric, Ilyasova and Belinelli finding the basket they cut the Heat's lead to two with four minutes to go. User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.
Philadelphia's 17-game winning streak was snapped. Miami picked up a 113-103 win, pushing the series to 1-1 as it heads to South Beach. Josh Richardson provided support with 14 points and was a solid defensive presence.
The 24-year-old Cameroonian has arguably been the player of the season for the 76ers as they won 52 games to take third seed in the Eastern Conference over LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers.
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Embiid, who passed concussion protocol this week after suffering a fractured orbital bone, was not cleared to play for Game 2 and let his emotions show on Instagram after watching the Heat tie the series at 1-1.
Officials whistled 30 fouls in the first half as Miami took advatage of the typically speedy Sixers and held them to 42 points, almost 15 lower than their regular season average. Only issue was all the illegal screens most of the Miami players set most of the evening, not just Hassan Whiteside. With the Heat ramping up their pressure defense and the Sixers bricking so many 3s, the absence of Embiid to help the offense produce more efficiently in the halfcourt was notable. The Heat appeared to be in danger of getting blown out again when Father Prime rescued them with a bevy of buckets off the bench in the first half.
Embiid has gone through a lot dealing with injuries and can't be happy missing out on the first playoff games of his career, especially at home.
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"I hate this feeling but maybe it's a good reminder for everybody for next game to lock in", Simmons said.
Philadelphia has already started two different centers in Embiid's place in this first-round series.
The 76ers held a moment of silence for Hall of Famer Hal Greer.
"He was a graceful man. He was class. He was a gentleman", Brown said.
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