PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Joel Embiid had 45 points and 16 rebounds, Dakota Mathias & # 39; the only basket of the game was a starting 3-pointer 26.1 seconds ahead and the Philadelphia 76ers held on to the understaffed Miami Heat 137 -134 to hit overtime on Tuesday nights.
Embiid had one of the great games of his career and carried the Sixers with a perfect third quarter and clutch buckets in OT to bring them to the brink of victory.
It was little known Mathias with the stunner who won it. Undrafted in 2018, Mathias, who signed with the Sixers as a two-day G League player this season, retrieved the ball from the top of the arch and buried it for the 134-132 lead.
With Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic in the heat sitting outside for COVID reasons, they pushed the Sixers to the fourth in OT with an insane ending. Tyler Herro helped the Heat overcome Embiid's dominant exertion as his 3-pointer brought the game to 115 with a 2:25 left. Precious Achiuwa took two baskets in a row – first from Philly's gunshot injury, then from sales – for a 119-115 lead.
Embiid buried the pull-up jumper within the 3-point arch, 3.3 seconds ahead, which tied him between 120 and 120 and sent the game into overtime. It was his only bucket of the fourth, having fired all eight shots in the third.
Embiid's three-point play at 2:37 in OT brought the Sixers to 126-124, and Herro matched his regular theatrics with another 3 for 129-all.
Danny Green hit the 76s record with nine 3-pointers and scored 29 points. Mike Scott had 16 points.
Herro finished with 34 points, Duncan Robinson had 26 and Gabe Vincent had 24.
The game was otherwise owned by Embiid.
Embiid fell behind in the third quarter after scoring just 10 points in the first half to help the Sixers score a loss in two games.
He knocked the ball away from under the hoop to break up a Miami possession, then rushed down to hit Isiah Joe for a 3 and cut the hole to four. Embiid then shook off a double team and threw an underhand shot for the basket. He took the free throw and Sixers was one. Embiid made three-point plays in a row as he got the heat to bite off the free-throw line on a pump fake.
The tall man even handled the stone with ease, walking the length of the floor to make a small fadeaway and extend the lead.
He was 16 of 23 off the ground and made all 13 free throws.
Heat: F / C Meyers Leonard sat with a strained left shoulder. … The Heat continued to struggle with squad problems after their game against Boston on Sunday was postponed because they couldn't field the minimum number of players.
76ers: Coach Doc Rivers said Ben Simmons needed a call back to New York after trying to return to Philadelphia when the team had to stay an extra day for additional COVID-19 testing. "Obviously we were all in a mess that night, a few people ordered cars because we all thought we could go home," said Rivers. "Ben was on his way, I called him and told him he couldn't because of the league protocols and he just turned and came back." Simmons had five points, 12 assists and was fouled. … Dwight Howard finished 13th on the NBA's blocked shots list.
The Heat will stay in Philly and finish the two-game set on Thursday night.