Team Wins in OT Thriller

by Lauren Rosen

The 76ers (8-4) had a few heroes Monday night in South Philadelphia, lifting the team to its 137-134 overtime win over the Miami Heat (4-5):

Joel Embiid played like the MVP candidate that he is.

Danny Green had a career night.

And Dakota Mathias proved an unlikely, willing hero.

Add impactful performances from rookies Tyrese Maxey and Isaiah Joe, and it was one crazy night.

After the Sixers - still not at full strength - took a 28-25 lead in the first quarter, the Heat stormed back in the second frame, where Miami took a 38-27 advantage.

But in the second half, the Embiid-led Sixers refused to quit. Embiid scored 20 points in the third period alone, and 11 points in overtime.

Ultimately, it was two-way player Mathias who hit the dagger, drilling a 3-pointer that gave the Sixers a 134-132 lead with 26.6 seconds remaining.

The game featured 16 lead changes, six ties, and 21 players on the injury report.

Key Contributors:

  • Joel Embiid

    • Embiid’s final line: 45 points, 16 rebounds, four assists, five steals, and two blocks. Embiid made 16 of his 23 field goal attempts, and hit all 13 of his foul shots.

    • Doc Rivers offered Embiid praise:

    • “It’s who he is, and we tell him that every night. When we put him in the middle of the floor, I thought they really struggled. He willed this game for us tonight, and so did other guys.”

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  • Danny Green 

    • Danny Green hit a career-high nine 3-pointers (tying the Sixers’ franchise record) en route to his season-high 29-point, 10-rebound, six-assist finish. Ever the two-way presence, Green grabbed two steals and added two blocks, playing almost 50 full minutes.

    • Rivers on Green’s performance:

    • “Danny Green is a thousand years old, and he played 49 minutes. Those are big contributions for us.”

  • Tyrese Maxey

    • In Maxey’s third career and third straight NBA start, the rookie finished in double-figures for the third time in as many minutes.

  • Dakota Mathias

    • Scoreless in regulation, Mathias’ confidence and willingness to shoot never wavered, as he made what would be the winning bucket. In his 11 minutes, Mathias was a team-high +8.

Quote to Note:

Doc Rivers loves the learning opportunities the young guys are getting.

@Sixers Social:

The dagger.

Up Next:

The Sixers and Heat will face off once again Thursday at The Center to close their two-game series.

Tyler Herro led the Heat in scoring Monday, finishing with 34 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Duncan Robinson tallied 26 points, while Gabe Vincent added 24.

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