National Basketball Association
Miami at Philadelphia
When: 8:00 PM ET, Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Philadelphia 76ers are winners of 19 of their last 20 games and are one victory away from advancing to the Eastern Conference semifinals. The 76ers will try to put the finishing touches on a first-round series win when they host the Miami Heat on Tuesday.
Philadelphia shot 7-of-31 from 3-point range and committed 27 turnovers in Game 4 but used a 19-2 run in the fourth quarter to take the lead and hold on for a 106-102 victory, and the team plans to use Monday's practice day to iron out some of the rough patches. "We are just trying to do our job," 76ers coach Brett Brown told reporters. "We are going to come in, bunker down, and get better. We sure hope that equals a win." The Heat are looking to become the 12th team in NBA history to rally back from a 3-1 deficit in a best-of-seven series and are aware that the margin for error is slim. "We need to be smarter," Miami point guard Goran Dragic told reporters. "Our spacing needs to be better. When they blitz us, our other guys need to be available so when we pass it, we need to make the right reads for the open shot or penetration. Everybody needs to be on this train."
8 p.m. ET, TNT, FS Sun (Miami), NBCS PhiladelphiaABOUT THE HEAT:
Miami was outscored 27-19 in the fourth quarter on Saturday and went 13-for-25 from the free-throw line in the loss. "We all feel that we're this close," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra told reporters. "That's what makes this game tough. They made bigger plays than us in the fourth quarter. We played really good basketball through most of the game, but we've had a tough time finishing games against Philadelphia and that's been the issue." Veteran shooting guard Dwyane Wade continues to provide a boost to the team off the bench and is averaging 18 points in the series after scoring a team-high 25 in Game 4.
ABOUT THE 76ERS:
Philadelphia placed seven scorers in double figures in Game 4 but the clear star was rookie point guard Ben Simmons, who recorded a triple-double with 17 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. "Ben is Ben," shooting guard JJ Redick told reporters. "It's almost become expected now that he's going to go average a triple-double. He's very tough physically, but I think he’s even tougher mentally. The last four games he's been as vocal and demonstrative as I've seen him all season. He's been fantastic. He's been coming out of his shell in regard to leadership, and that's huge for us." Simmons is the first rookie since Magic Johnson in 1980 to record a triple-double in the playoffs.BUZZER BEATERS
1. Heat C Hassan Whiteside collected 13 points and 13 rebounds in Game 4 after totaling 11 points and 12 boards in the first three games.
2. Philadelphia C Joel Embiid went 2-of-11 from the floor in Game 4 and committed eight turnovers.
3. Miami SF Josh Richardson (shoulder) left Game 4 briefly after bumping into Embiid but does not expect to miss Game 5.PREDICTION:
76ers 120, Heat 101
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