No. 5 seed Miami Heat stunned no.1 seed Philadelphia 76ers, defeating the latter 106-94 on low scoring from Joel Embiid.
Joel Embiid dropped only six points playing 25 minutes in total after coming back from the flu earlier this week.
While Heat held onto the No.5 spot in the Eastern Conference with the win over the 76ers.
Even with the loss, the 76ers are still in the No.1 spot in the East for the first time since 2001.
The game also marks Udonis Haslem’s’s first appearance for the heat who is a veteran who has already played for 18 seasons.
The Miami Heat took the 1st quarter lead over the 76ers on Thursday night and maintaining the lead until the final quarter.
The Heat strong start in the game
Seth Curry sets up Ben Simmons, who dunked to open up the quarter for the 76ers.
Bam Adebayo then answered right back with a jumper for Miami.
Bam's double-double keeps the Miami Heat in 5th place, 0.5 games behind Atlanta after tonight's W over Philadelphia 76ers 106-94.
Jimmy Butler: 21 PTS
Tyler Herro: 18 PTS pic.twitter.com/5DmMgsUjqz
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The 76ers quickly added four points, bringing the game 6-2 with 9:48 left in the quarter.
But then the Heat answered back with back-to-back buckets tying the game at 6-6.
Jimmy Butler dropped a three-pointer giving the heat the first lead of the night.
The Heat continued to drop buckets taking 5 points to lead halfway into the quarter.
Soon the lead extended to eight points at 12-20 with 4:47 minutes left to play.
Jimmy’s hot scoring extended the lead to 10 points.
Ultimately the quarter ended with Udonis Haslem’s bucket at final seconds for the heat and 76ers answering back, giving the Heat 16 points advantage.
The Heat continued dominance over the 76ers.
Entering the second quarter the Heat and 76ers were at 38-22.
The Heat quickly started the quarter with a bucket and the 76ers answered right back.
Tyler Herro then dropped a three-pointer for the Heat.
Haslem fought with Dwight Howard after about two minutes into the quarter, as the latter threw him into the ground earlier.
Then Haslem got ejected playing only three minutes.
tremendous stuff here. 40-year-old Miami Heat legend Udonis Haslem makes his season debut only to get ejected, after 2 minutes of play, for altercation with Dwight Howard. pic.twitter.com/vXLGS3IO5y
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) May 14, 2021
Herro then dropped another three-pointer extending the Heat lead to 19 points with 9:15 remaining in the quarter.
Embiid dropped a bucket coming back in the quarter.
The Heat still had 19 point advantage over the 76ers four minutes later.
Herro dropped another three-pointer extending the lead to 22 points at 31-53 with 4:46 left to play in the quarter.
Simmons then dropped a layup for the 76ers and Seth hit a three-pointer right after that.
And Tobias Harris drops a layup on the next possession giving the 76ers a 7-0 run.
But soon the Heat answered back with a 5-0 run with Adebayo bucket and Herro three-pointer taking 20 point advantage with about two minutes left to play.
The quarter ended with 21-60 on the board.
The Heat outscored the 76ers again in the third.
Simmons pass to Harris who dunks it down opened the third quarter.
Butler soon answers back with a three-pointer for the Heat.
Danny Green then answered right back with a three-pointer of his own for the 76ers.
Green and Curry back-to-back buckets cut the lead to 18 points for the 76ers with 6:15 left in the quarter.
Herro drops a three-pointer once again to take 20 point advantage over the 76ers.
The Heat answered back every 76ers bucket not letting go of 20 plus advantage.
Herro hot shooting from behind the arc continued even at the final seconds of the quarter.
He dropped a three-pointer bringing the game to 91-67 with 29 seconds left on the clock to end the quarter.
The 76ers’ late comeback is not enough to defeat the Heat.
Dewayne Dedmon tipped off Herro’s miss to open the fourth quarter for the Heat.
Tyrese Maxey then answered back with a buck for the 76ers.
With that 76ers made 8-0 run to bring the game 79-97 halfway into the quarter.
The 76ers started to make the comeback with Maxey drawing a foul after dropping the bucket.
They then were within 17 points with the heat for the first time in the second half.
However the Heat answered back taking 20 point advantage at 84-104 with 2:44 left in the quarter.
Isaiah Joe dropped a three-pointer for the 76ers right back.
It started a 12-2 run for the 76ers cutting the lead to 8 points.
But it was too late for the 76ers to defeat the Heat who dominated the entire game.
— Sixers Wire (@SixersWire) May 14, 2021
Ultimately the Heat defeated the 76ers 106-96.
Jimmy Butler led the Heat.
As the Heat defeated the No.1 seed 76ers, Jimmy Butler led the scoreboard for the Heat.
He scored 21 points and got 5 rebounds and 4 assists.
Jimmy Butler scored 21 points, Bam Adebayo had 18 points and 12 rebounds and the Heat held onto the No. 5 spot in the Eastern Conference, beating the Philadelphia 76ers 106-94 on Thursday night. https://t.co/XC7hIAQYDc
— CBS4 Miami (@CBSMiami) May 14, 2021
Meanwhile, Bam Adebayo dropped 18 points along with 12 rebounds for a double-double and also got 8 assists of the night.
Kendrick Nunn made 13 points for the Heat and 2 rebounds.
Trevor Ariza dropped 10 points with 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the starting unit.
On the other hand, Tyler Herro who had hot scoring from behind the three-point line dropped 18 points along with 6 rebounds and 2 assists all coming off from the bench.
Goran Dragic contributed 15 points, 2 rebounds, and 6 assists from the bench.
The Heat’s veteran Udonis Haslem made impact on his first appearance before getting ejected due to fight with 76er’s Dwight Howard.
He dropped 4 points and got a rebound despite playing only three minutes.
Joel Embiid not so good scoring night.
Tobias Harris scored 21 points leading the 76ers scoreboard tonight.
He also got 4 rebounds and an assist for the 76ers.
Danny Green scored 11 points with 4 rebounds and an assist, becoming the only other player from the starting lineup to score in double-figures.
While both Seth Curry and Ben Simmons dropped 8 points from the starter.
Joel Embiid who returned from the illness suffered earlier this week was able to drop only six points on the 3-for-9 shooting.
He got 2 rebounds and an assist playing 25 minutes.
On the other hand, Shake Milton dropped 12 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists all coming off the bench.
Meanwhile, almost all the 76ers players scored points in tonight’s game against the Heat despite the loss.
Even with the loss, Philadelphia’s road record in this regular season, 20-16 was notable.
It’s the best road mark by a 76ers team in the last 18 years. The 2002-03 76ers were 23-18 outside of Philadelphia.
76ers will now host Orlando Magic on Friday.
While Heat will visit Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday.