Joel Embiid had 45 points and 16 rebounds, and the Philadelphia 76ers held on to beat a decimated Miami Heat 137-134 in overtime Tuesday.
Dakota Mathias' only basket was a triple with 26,1 seconds remaining for the Sixers to take the lead.
Embiid had one of the great games of his career and lifted Philadelphia with a perfect third period and with key shots in extra time.
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But it was Mathias, a little known player, who defined the duel. Mathias, ignored in the 2018 draft and who signed with the Sixers this season as a two-way player in the Development League, received the ball from center goal and scored to give them a 134-132 lead.
The Heat, who were without Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic for COVID-related reasons, led the Sixers to overtime with a crazy late-fourth quarter. Tyler Herro helped the Heat overcome Embiid's dominating effort with a 115-pointer that tied the game at 2 with 25:XNUMX left.
Danny Green tied the 76ers' 29-point record with nine and finished with 16 points. Mike Scott had XNUMX points.
Herro finished with 34 points, Duncan Robinson added 26 and Gabe Vincent 24.
Otherwise, the meeting belonged to Embiid. He made 16 of 23 field goals and 13 free throws.
Other results of the day:
- Utah Jazz 117-87 Cleveland Cavaliers
- Los Angeles Lakers 117-110 Houston Rockets
- San Antonio Spurs 112-102 Oklahoma City Thunder
- Indiana Pacers 104-95 Golden State Warriors