MIAMI — Bam Adebayo caught a lob for an alley-oop dunk halfway via the fourth quarter, then threw a lob to Jimmy Butler for an additional dunk a few minute later.
Both have been very simple.
Joel Embiid might complicate these performs going ahead — and the Miami Heat are heading north anticipating that he may be ready for them.
Adebayo scored 23 factors, Butler had 22 factors and 12 assists, and the Heat beat the Philadelphia 76ers 119-103 on Wednesday night time for a 2-0 lead within the Eastern Conference semifinals.
“It’s always nice to win,” Butler said. “We just did what we’re supposed to do at home.”
Victor Oladipo scored 19 points on his 30th birthday and Tyler Herro added 18 for the Heat, the East’s No. 1 seed. Oladipo had 10 of those points in the fourth quarter.
Tyrese Maxey scored 34 points for Philadelphia, which got 21 from Tobias Harris and 20 from James Harden.
“We’ve just got to go back to the drawing board and try to figure it out,” Maxey said.
A 10-0 run in the fourth turned an eight-point Miami lead into an 18-point edge, sealing the win and ensuring the Heat would hold home court before the series shifts north. Game 3 is Friday in Philadelphia.
And now, the Heat will hope history holds — and the 76ers will hope it doesn’t.
Miami has taken a 2-0 lead in 18 previous series, including the first round this season against Atlanta, and won the matchup every time. The 76ers’ franchise has dropped the first two games of a matchup on 19 other occasions, never recovering to win the series.
The question going into Friday will revolve around whether Embiid could be ready for Game 3. The league’s scoring champion and MVP finalist is recovering from an orbital fracture and concussion and has, not surprisingly, been big-time missed by the 76ers.
“We don’t have a big man right now,” Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers lamented.
Adebayo certainly isn’t complaining. He was 8 for 10 from the sector and eight for 8 from the road in Game 1; he adopted that up with a 7-for-11 night time from the ground on Wednesday.
But he stated he is getting ready as if Embiid will play Friday. And Butler, who’s shut with Embiid from their time collectively as teammates in Philadelphia, is hoping his MVP decide can play within the sequence.
“I wish to compete in opposition to him,” Butler stated. “I actually do.”
Rivers, nonetheless, did not sound optimistic about the opportunity of Embiid being prepared.
“He’s got so many steps to go through,” Rivers stated. “I don’t think he’s cleared any of them right now.”
It wasn’t simply the absence of Embiid, although, that harm Philadelphia. The 76ers have been terrible once more from 3-point vary, taking pictures 8 for 30 in Game 2. They’re now 14 for 64 from deep within the sequence.
“When it comes all the way down to it, you have to make photographs, particularly whenever you’re on the highway in opposition to a very good crew,” Harden said. “It’s pretty simple.”
Danny Green was 1 for 10 from the sector — the second time in his playoff profession that he had that many makes an attempt and shot that poorly in a postseason recreation. The different? A 1-for-12 effort for San Antonio in 2013, additionally in Miami, the night time the Heat gained their third and most up-to-date NBA title.
The Heat aren’t near that but. But they’re two wins from the East finals.
“It’s not simple to get playoff wins.” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We had some great stretches, particularly defensively. We had some really good stretches offensively. … Our defense really carried us to the win, but we had some really timely offensive plays.”
76ers: Harden acquired fouled on a 3-point attempt with 0.1 seconds left within the half, making all three free throws to get Philadelphia inside 60-52 on the break. … Maxey acquired a lower on his proper knee within the fourth quarter, the sport stopping briefly whereas the 76ers tended to him. He stayed within the recreation. … Georges Niang had one other uncommon stat line. He was 0 for 7 — all 3-pointers — in Game 1, then fouled out in 10 minutes of Game 2. It was the fourth-fewest minutes performed all season by anybody who fouled out.
Heat: PJ Tucker turns 37 on Thursday. … It was the 497th consecutive sellout introduced by the Heat, tying Sacramento for the fifth-longest streak in NBA historical past. The file is held by Dallas, which has 864 consecutive sellouts and counting. … Miami held a 44-34 rebounding edge.
With the win, Spoelstra’s postseason file improved to 91-59 (.607). Among coaches with not less than 100 playoff video games, he moved into fourth on the NBA’s win-percentage checklist behind solely Steve Kerr (.732), Phil Jackson (.688) and Billy Cunningham (.629). The coach Spoelstra handed in profitable proportion Wednesday night time? That can be his boss, Heat President Pat Riley, who went 171-111 (.606).
The Kentucky ties ran deep Wednesday night time. Wildcats coach John Calipari was at Game 2 to see Herro formally obtain the Sixth Man award. Other former Kentucky gamers on the Heat and 76ers: Adebayo, Maxey and Heat two-way participant Mychal Mulder. And Riley performed at Kentucky.
Game 3 is Friday in Philadelphia.