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RECAP: Heat can’t keep up with Embiid & Sixers, lose 124-114

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The Miami Heat dropped their third straight game at home.

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Miami Heat Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The sad reality is if the Heat cannot beat the Sixers before they get Jimmy Butler, it doesn’t look good moving forward. And for the third straight home game debuting the Miami Vice Nights jerseys, the Heat lose, this time to Philadelphia 124-114.

The loss drops them to 5-8 on the season and things are sliding in a bad direction as second half blunders are becoming normal again.

The Heat played a pretty even first quarter with the Sixers, but used a 15-0 run near the beginning of the second quarter to create a little bit of separation. It wasn’t sustainable, as the Sixers clawed their way back and even had a 2 point lead at halftime.

The third quarter again caused problems for the Heat. Miami had only 3 turnovers in the first half, but doubled that number in the third quarter. Hassan Whiteside picked up his fourth foul very early in the quarter and had to sit, allowing Joel Embiid to do as he pleased. Miami had to begin doubling him in the post. The Sixers kept their lead around 8 points for most of the quarter.

The fourth quarter hung a little closer, but it was still halted by the same things: turnovers and fouls. The Heat could never get a sustainable effort to make a run and get the lead. Whiteside again picked up a quick foul less than four minutes in that sidelined him.

Joel Embiid and JJ Redick were just way too much for the Heat to handle in this game. Redick was on all night, moving around and hitting what felt like everything. He had 25 points on 11-19 shooting. And Embiid, was just steady throughout and lived, and I mean lived at the free throw line. He had 35 points and 18 rebounds while hitting 16-20 free throws.

Miami again had balanced scoring but it just didn’t turn itself into a victory because they had nowhere to turn when they needed to get quality shots at the end. No one on Miami scored 20 points except for Goran Dragic (22). Philadelphia was just better for a longer period of time than the Heat.

A frustrating night again in Miami. They visit the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday.