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Game 1: Adebayo scores 24 points, Heat power through struggling 76ers 106-92

Game 1: Adebayo scores 24 points, Heat power through struggling 76ers 106-92

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May 03
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Miami Heat All-Star center Bam Adebayo took advantage of the Philadelphia 76ers’ defense with Joel Embiid’s absence in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal at FTX Arena. Adebayo finished with 24 points, 12 rebounds and four assists in 33 minutes.

Miami’s performance against the Sixers on Monday night was below expectation and coach Erik Spoelstra just wanted to focus on the next game.

“You don’t want to add more context to anything,” Spoelstra said after the game. “You want to stay in the present moment. It’s really just trying to do whatever you have to do to get to the next game, or the game at hand.

Meanwhile, Sixers coach Doc Rivers acknowledged that his team was struggling without Embiid. Joel Embiid, the Finalist for the MVP award, wasn’t in Miami as he recovers from an orbital fracture and concussion, injuries he sustained after Philadelphia’s victory over Toronto in the first round. It’s unlikely he’ll play in Game 2.

“We’re working with a small margin for error, so we can’t give a team 13 extra shots on the road without Joel and think we’re going to win a game.”

Philadelphia got 27 points from Tobias Harris, 19 points from Tyrese Maxey, and 16 points, nine rebounds, and five assists from James Harden

The Cameroonian star center is still in recovery from an orbital fracture and concussion following first round series against the Toronto Raptors.

DeAndre Jordan replaced Embiid and had four points and two rebounds in 17 minutes. Rivers hinted that he would play Jordan if Embiid could not play.

“We like DJ, we’re going to keep starting him whether you like it or not,” Rivers added. “That’s what we’re gonna do because our guys believe in him.”

Game 2 will be held on Wednesday in Miami.

"It's just about trying to go out and putting together your best game plan to win that game. And that's what we'll focus on the next 48 hours -- is just on Game 2."

- Erik Spoelstra

26

How many points The Heat outscored the Sixers when Bam Adebayo was on the floor.

"Very similar to the[first round against Toronto, in that we told our guys they can't have more rebounds than us, they can't force turnovers because they can't have more shots than us,"

- Doc Rivers

7

The number of 3-pt shots  Georges Niang missed as he went 0 for 7

  • Miami Heat

    The Miami Heat are an American professional basketball team based in Miami. The Heat compete in the National Basketball Association as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Southeast Division.

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  • Philadelphia 76ers

    American professional basketball team based in the Philadelphia metropolitan area

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  • Tyrese Maxey

    Tyrese Maxey is an American professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association . He previously played college basketball for the Kentucky Wildcats.

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  • Bam Adebayo

    Edrice Femi "Bam" Adebayo is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association .

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