Returning to Florida after a stoppage time in Pennsylvania, the Heat debuted Game 5 on Wheel Hats, in the image of this first quarter at 13/26 shooting (31 points). As in the previous match, it is Jimmy Butler who shines from the start, with 11 points. The Sixers lack pace and confidence in attack (8/20), and to fix nothing, they give the baton to be beaten: the Heat scored 8 points on the 4 lost balls of the Doc Rivers band.
The second quarter is hardly reassuring for the Sixers, who display a poor 7/20 shot, when Joel Embiid is pushed and hurt his face despite a protective mask, after an involuntary shot by Dewayne Dedmon. A good pass from Victor Oladipo brings the gap to +18, several baskets by James Harden and Tobias Harris allowed the completion at Philly to limit the break to the break (56-44).
The few promises displayed by the 76ers at the end of the first period are quickly swept away by the sinking of the second half. With a total loss in attack, with only 41 points scored at 16/45 on shots, the 76ers lost their footing and were dropped for good in the middle of the third quarter. The gap reaches +37 (!!) in the last act, and the end of the party is unsurprisingly the “garbage time”, when the spectators leave the room well before the final buzzer.
Dominés à Philadelphie, les joueurs de Miami, who reported the 6th victory in all home matches in the 2022 playoffs, signing the best possible reaction. The Heat offer a game-changing session and an opportunity to qualify for the East au Game 6 conference final in Philadelphia.
WHAT TO REMEMBER
– Duncan Robinson’s return. In the closet since the beginning of the series, the Heat sniper reappeared, to the applause of the audience he presumably missed. A performance, 4 points in 13 minutes, is rather anecdotal, but especially the tactical choice of the coach’s son, Erik Spoelstra, who reduced the minutes of Victor Oladipo during the match. The sign of a gradual and permanent return of old Michigan to the Heat rotation?
– The Heat found a semblance of an outside address. Heat struggled during the previous two games in Philadelphia. shooting, the Miami troupe regained color and it looked more like the team that finished with the best percentage of success behind the arc in the regular season.
– Not Kyle Lowry. It was expected, given his physical condition that it was hard to see in Game 4. The leader, embarrassed by physical glitches since the start of the playoffs, was absent for this fifth game, and the seems unlikely to see him again. the whole series. Even without it, the Heat has quite a margin of maneuver.
TOPS / FLOPS
⁇ The Heat collective. Everyone benefited from this victory in Miami: seven players scored 10 points or more! Special mention for Jimmy Butler obviously, who signs a high quality performance and an extra time, with 23 points (9/15), 9 rebounds and 6 passes. If the match had been a bit more disputed in the second period, it would have been very strong to bet that “Jimmy Buckets” would have finished with a triple-double. Big game by Max Strus also, who quietly compiled 19 points (7/13) and 10 rebounds in 27 minutes.
⁇ Joel Embiid. It is difficult to draw positive from this game for the 76ers after such a shipwreck, but the resilience of the pivot is to be emphasized. Embarrassed by his mask and then quite violently hit in the forehead by Dedmon, the “Process” gritted its teeth until its final exit, in the fourth quarter when the gap exceeded +30. In 33 minutes, I bring 17 points (7/12), 5 rebounds and 2 assists.
⛔️ Tyrese Maxey. The 76ers back played his worst playoff game. Not in rhythm, nor in confidence, overall in the image of his team, is registered 9 small points at 2/10 on shots. Philly’s third lineup will have to do better at home in Game 6 this Thursday, in order to be a potential last game of the 76ers season.
Game 6: in Philadelphia, Thursday night 12 to Friday 13 at 1 p.m.