The product inside the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday night was a prime example of why the NBA’s non-bubble pandemic season has been a struggle.
It’s also a reason why the league and the National Basketball Players Association agreed to additional measures to supplement the COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
The 76ers and the Miami Heat were both shells of themselves in a game that was far from the NBA standard. It will go down as a 137-134 overtime victory that snapped the Sixers’ three-game losing streak.
Joel Embiid and Danny Green were the difference in this one.
Embiid finished with game highs of 45 points, 16 rebounds and 5 steals for the Sixers (8-4). Twenty of his points came in the third quarter while making all eight of his shot a 4-for-4 from the foul line.
His 20-foot jumper with 4.3 seconds left in regulation knotted the score at 120.
Then he went on to score the Sixers’ first nine points in overtime. Then with his team leading 134-132, Embiid hit a pair of foul shots to make it a four-point game with 8.9 seconds left.
Duncan Robinson was fouled while attempting a three-pointers with 4.8 seconds remaining. He made the first two. Then on the third attempt, he tried to hit the ball off the rim. But the ball missed, and the Sixers were awarded the ball on a free throw violation.
The Sixers went to win by three after Andre Iguodala missed a desperation corner three at the buzzer.
Meanwhile, Green made a career high nine three-pointers en route to finishing with a season-high 29 points. His shooting effort erased memories from his shooting 0-for-9, missing seven three-pointers, in Monday’s loss at the Atlanta Hawks.