76ers score big win over Heat
The Philadelphia 76ers gave up 37 points in the fourth quarter, but the hosts held on to defeat the Miami Heat 103-97 at the Wells Fargo Center.
Leading the way for the 76ers was Ben Simmons, as the 21-year old point guard from Fitzroy, Australia scored a game high 20 points while grabbing six rebounds and passing out five assists.
Philadelphia held the Miami starters to only 40 points for the game and the team to only 60 points through three quarters.
Philadelphia also got a strong showing from Joel Embiid, as the 2018 All-Star scored 17 points while pulling down 11 rebounds for a double-double for the game.
The 76ers are currently in eighth place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 25-24 this season and have won six of their past 10 contests.
The Heat were led in defeat by Kelly Olynyk, as the 26-year old center from Toronto had a team high 19 points off the bench while pulling down six rebounds.
The Heat lost Hassan Whiteside in the fourth quarter with an undisclosed illness and the Miami center played just 18 minutes all night.
With the loss Miami fell down to fifth place in the Eastern Conference, behind the Washington Wizards, as the visitors from Florida have a record of 29-23 and are on a two game losing streak.
The 76ers will now head to the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis to take on the Indiana Pacers on Saturday while Miami travels to Michigan to square off with Blake Griffin and the Detroit Pistons.
The 76ers are 4999/1 to win the NBA Championship, while Cleveland are 9/2 and Golden State are 10/19 to retain their crown.
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