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    Embiid-less 76ers hold off Heat as Wade honored in Philly

    Feb 22, 2019
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    PHILADELPHIA — Tobias Harris had 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, JJ Redick hit a late 3-pointer and the Philadelphia 76ers overcame All-Star center Joel Embiid's absence to beat the Miami Heat 106-102 on Thursday night (Friday, Manila time).

    Ben Simmons added 21 points, Boban Marjanovic had 19 — including three free throws in the final 1 1/2 minutes — and Jimmy Butler 18. Embiid will be out at least a week with a sore left knee.

    Dwyane Wade scored 19 points for Miami, and Dion Waiters added 18.

    Miami led 99-98 after Wade's runner with 1:56 left. Marjanovic made two free throws to put Philadelphia ahead 100-99. Following Wade's missed jumper, Redick made the 3 from the top of the key to make it 103-99 with 1:04 left.

    Kelly Olynyk then missed a 3-point attempt, and Marjanovic made the first of two free throws with 38.3 ticks left to put Philadelphia up five.

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    Marjanovic, starting for Embiid, had 11 points and seven rebounds to help Philadelphia to a 23-13 lead before being lifted with 3:34 left in the first quarter. He returned three and a half minutes into the second, finishing the half with 16 points and eight rebounds while making all six of his field-goal attempts to help the 76ers to a 57-50 halftime lead.

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    The 37-year-old Wade, playing in his last season, was honored early in the first quarter with a highlight video that included a tribute from 76ers great Allen Iverson. Philadelphia fans gave Wade a standing ovation following the video, and the Miami star pounded his heart and waved back in appreciation.


    Miami: G Goran Dragic was inactive. Dragic, who had right knee surgery in December, practiced Wednesday and a return to the court on Thursday was thought to be a possibility. An All-Star last season, Dragic is averaging 15.3 points and 4.9 assists. ... The Heat dropped to 15-15 on the road. They are 11-16 at home. ... James Johnson left with an apparent left shoulder injury with 8:31 left in the first half and didn't return. ... Derrick Jones Jr. returned after missing eight games due to bone bruises in his right knee. He had nine points.

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    Philadelphia: Philadelphia leads the season series 2-0. The 76ers won 124-114 on Nov. 12 in Miami. The teams will wrap up the series April 9 in Miami. ... Philadelphia improved to 24-7 at home.


    Heat: Host Detroit on Saturday night.

    76ers: Host Portland Saturday.

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