By Eric Jacinto
The 76ers, came into game number four of the best of seven series up 2-1 and this afternoon in Miami, they had a real battle on their hands. The two teams went back and forth early on and with 7:42 left in the second quarter the Heat took the lead up until 9:26 in the fourth. The biggest lead the Heat had was 12 points, even through they lead for the majority of the game they 76ers never gave up and fought back. Neither team, shot well from three point land, the Heat shot 36.8% (7/18) and the 76ers shot worse at 22.6% (7/31). The two teams were tied at 26 after the first quarter, the Heat lead by five at halftime (61-56), the Heat lead 83-79 after the third quarter. The 76ers, retook the lead at 9:26 with a Joel Embiid free throw and never looked back and won 106-102, taken a commanding 3-1 series lead headed back to South Philly on Tuesday night.
Ben Simmons, recorded his first playoff career Triple-Double becoming the first rookie since Magic Johnson in 1980 to record a Triple-Double. It only took four playoff games for Simmons to achieve a Triple-Double. He joins an elite club, as he became the fifth rookie to ever record a playoff Triple-Double joining, Magic Johnson (1980; 5 times), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1970), Jerry Lucas (1964) and Tom Gola (1956). It wasn't Joel Embiid or Ben Simmons or Dario Saric that lead the team in scoring it was the veteran, JJ Redick as he scored 24 points including the last five points to seal the win; he also got a key rebound with 16 seconds left. Joel Embiid didn't have a great game but he still recorded a Double-Double with 14 points, 12 rebounds and blocked 5 shots.
Finally, despite the Sixers turning the ball over 26 times (17 in the first half) and the Heat playing very physical at times this young team didn't throw in the towel or anything they knew they had a mission to do and that was to win. Now this young Sixers squad, will be looking to end the series and the Heat's season on Tuesday night back at home in South Philadelphia. They need to finish the Heat off on Tuesday because it will just be tougher to close them out back in Miami with them having all the confidence in the world. You never want to give a team new life when they're on the brink of elimination and their season ending.