By: Kylan Watson
The Philadelphia 76ers were looking to rebound after falling to the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night. They faced a short-handed Miami Heat team who were looking to make a statement on Philly’s home-floor. Philly was not able to take full advantage of the short-handed Heat, as they fell to them 101-96.
Things did not start out well for Philly, they were missing shots and were just outhustled by the Heat. They took full advantage of a flat Sixers team. They killed them from the three-point line, making 18/44 three-pointers. The Heat just could not miss from three and Philly just could not buy one. The Heat made them pay for daring to give them space. Gabe Vincent burned them on the offensive side. He scored 26-points (career high) and made seven three-pointers. He made Philly pay for daring to give him any room to get a shot off.
Philly was able to weather the storm though as they made a late game run thanks to Tyrese Maxey. Who just refused to let them fall on their home-floor. He scored 27-points and had five assists. He took full advantage of Miami’s defenders playing some lax defense on him. This was one of Maxey’s better games and his development and involving chemistry with Joel Embiid will be pivotal this season for the Sixers.
Despite the offensive explosion from the Heat. Philly had multiple chances to win the game. They turned the heat up defensively and had a chance to take the lead. A comeback win was not in the cards though as they missed a late three-point attempt. That sealed the game for the Heat.
Philly will now prepare for the Brooklyn Nets tomorrow night. They will need to play better perimeter defense if they want to stifle the offense of the Nets. Additionally, they will need to have another balanced scoring night if they want to get their 16th win of the season.