Ben Simmons had the first playoff triple-double by a rookie in almost 40 years, JJ Redick scored 24 points and the Philadelphia 76ers outlasted the Miami Heat 106-102 on Saturday to move within a victory of the second round.
During a phenomenal rookie season, Ben Simmons has already established himself as a star thanks to his incredible play that has helped carry the 76ers to a 3-1 lead over the Heat in the NBA Playoffs. Simmons became the first rookie to record a triple-double in the playoffs since 1980, while Embiid had 14 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks in the win.
The Heat were led by Dwyane Wade off the bench, who scored a game-high 25 points on 10-of-22 shooting.
Wade completed the comeback attempt, with all the Heat down 6 and less than two minutes. His three-point play cut the margin in half and his next two field goals got Miami within one each time.
"As long as [we] are winning, I'm happy".
The Jazz's win in Salt Lake City on Saturday gave them a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven National Basketball Association playoff series, with Ingles hitting five three-pointers in his 21 points. Seven players finished in double digits Saturday and only veteran JJ Redick had more than 20 points.
This was far from a flash in the pan showing, either, with Simmons just one rebound away from a triple-double in game one of the series against the Heat. Fast forward three days to Game 3 in Miami and Embiid, protective mask and all, was cleared to play, in what was a physical Game 2 that evolved into a dog fight in Game 3. The Heat have erased a 3-1 deficit only once, in 1997 against NY. But as Embiid said in his postgame interview, it was going to take a lot more than that to get him out of this series.
All eyes were on the other end, where Heat guard Goran Dragic was shoved to the floor by the 76ers' Robert Covington. James Johnson - a black belt and MMA fighter - took exception and went toward Covington, so Simmons came in for a few words. And now Tuesday awaits, with Philadelphia - coming off a Super Bowl title and Villanova's NCAA crown - on the brink of another celebration.
Blessed with Simmons, Embiid and a highly talented young roster, things look to be turning for a team which has really struggled in recent years.
Jrue Holiday equalled a franchise play-off record for the Pelicans by sinking 41 points, before team-mate Anthony Davis then smashed that benchmark later in the match by grabbing 47.