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76ers take control, top Heat 106-102 for 3-1 series lead

MIAMI (AP) Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid certainly aren't acting like playoff first-timers, and JJ Redick provided the veteran leadership that Philadelphia so desperately needed.

The 76ers might very well be the NBA's team of the future.

And that future might be starting sooner than many envisioned.

Simmons was the first rookie to since Magic Johnson in 1980 to have a playoff triple-double, Redick led Philadelphia with 24 points and the 76ers moved one win from the second round by topping the Miami Heat 106-102 on Saturday to take a 3-1 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round series.

''I'm shocked that we won this game,'' 76ers coach Brett Brown said. ''We really didn't have a right to win the game.''

Here's why he said that: His team turned the ball over 27 times, shot 7 for 31 from 3-point range and trailed by 12 late in the third quarter in an extremely hostile environment against a desperate opponent.

Despite it all, the 76ers were unfazed.

Philadelphia turned a 10-point deficit into a seven-point lead with a 19-2 run that ended midway through the fourth quarter, then absorbed the best shot Dwyane Wade could throw at the 76ers in the final minutes before heading home with a chance to close the Heat out in Game 5 on Tuesday.

Wade led all scorers with 25 points off the Heat bench, 12 of them coming in the fourth. But it wasn't enough.

''They don't let you off the hook,'' Wade said, tipping his cap to the 76ers. ''You make one mistake, or you take your foot off the gas for one second, they make you pay.''

Wade doesn't have a contract for next season. He's said if he plays, he'll be back with Miami - though there's no guarantees.

And that means Saturday might have been his last home game in a Heat uniform. If he knows what the future holds, he didn't offer any hints.

''I'm focused on the next game, trying to win that one,'' Wade said.

Simmons became the first rookie since Magic Johnson in 1980 to post a playoff triple-double - 17 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists. Joel Embiid finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds for Philadelphia.

''We took care of business,'' Embiid said.

Wade carried the comeback effort, with the Heat down six and less than 2 minutes left. His three-point play cut the margin in half and his next two field goals got Miami within one each time.

The Heat got no closer.

Goran Dragic scored 20, James Johnson had 15 and Hassan Whiteside finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds for Miami, which now needs to pull off some history. The Heat have erased a 3-1 deficit only once, in 1997 against New York.

''We all feel that we're this close,'' said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, holding his thumb and index finger maybe a millimeter apart. ''That's what makes this game tough. They made bigger plays than us in the fourth quarter.''

Miami held slim leads at the half - 2-0 in players who went to the locker room injured, 4-0 in stitches received, 61-56 on the scoreboard.

A wild scene was the story of the second quarter. Philadelphia's Dario Saric was driving from the right wing and had his dribble knocked away by Justise Winslow, and four players wound up on the floor as they went for the loose ball. Josh Richardson took the worst of it, getting slammed into by Embiid. Richardson stayed down for more than a minute, eventually getting helped to his feet and to the Miami locker room.

Hardly anyone noticed.

All eyes were on the other end, where Dragic was shoved to the floor by Robert Covington. James Johnson - a black belt and MMA fighter - took exception and went toward Covington, so Simmons came in for a few words.

''He was protecting his guy,'' Covington said of Johnson.

''Physical, competitive basketball,'' Spoelstra called it all.

The 76ers kept hitting Miami in the second half too, albeit on the scoreboard. And now Tuesday awaits, with Philadelphia - coming off a Super Bowl title and Villanova's NCAA crown - on the brink of another celebration.

''We've got to finish it,'' Simmons said.

TIP-INS

76ers: Embiid went out for a play in the fourth quarter without his mask, drawing a foul, then getting the mask back on. ... Philadelphia finished with 27 turnovers, 17 of those in the first half - after not having more than 14 in any of the first three games of the series.

Heat: Winslow needed four stitches and Richardson bruised his left shoulder in the second-quarter physicality. ... Richardson had a Heat playoff record seven steals. ... Miami started 1 for 6 from the foul line, and finished 13 for 25.

REBOUND ROUT

Philadelphia dominated the backboards, 57-43 and extending possessions time and time again with 17 offensive rebounds.

SECOND HALVES

Philadelphia has outscored Miami after halftime in all four games: 74-43 in Game 1, 61-57 in Game 2, 65-44 in Game 3 and 50-41 on Saturday.

UP NEXT

Game 5 is Tuesday night in Philadelphia.

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Key Players
J. Embiid
21 C
H. Whiteside
21 C
25.3 Min. Per Game 25.3
14.0 Pts. Per Game 14.0
1.0 Ast. Per Game 1.0
11.4 Reb. Per Game 11.4
48.0 Field Goal % 54.2
48.1 Three Point % 54.0
76.9 Free Throw % 69.7
  Defensive rebound by Ben Simmons 0:01
  James Johnson missed jump shot 0:04
  Offensive rebound by Josh Richardson 0:06
  Josh Richardson missed jump shot 0:08
+ 1 JJ Redick made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:16
+ 1 JJ Redick made 1st of 2 free throws 0:16
  Personal foul on James Johnson 0:16
  Defensive rebound by JJ Redick 0:16
  Dwyane Wade missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:17
+ 1 Dwyane Wade made 1st of 2 free throws 0:17
  Shooting foul on Joel Embiid 0:17
Team Stats
Points 106 102
Field Goals 36-84 (42.9%) 41-94 (43.6%)
3-Pointers 7-31 (22.6%) 7-19 (36.8%)
Free Throws 27-35 (77.1%) 13-25 (52.0%)
Total Rebounds 65 56
Offensive 17 13
Defensive 40 30
Team 8 13
Assists 22 21
Steals 12 18
Blocks 5 4
Turnovers 26 19
Fouls 25 32
Technicals 2 2
17 PTS, 13 REB, 10 AST
10 PTS, 5 REB, 7 AST
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away team logo 76ers 3-1 26302327106
home team logo Heat 1-3 26352219102
Team Stats
away team logo 76ers 3-1 108.8 PPG 49.5 RPG 25.8 APG
home team logo Heat 1-3 103.4 PPG 41 RPG 23.8 APG
Key Players
J. Redick SG 17.1 PPG 2.5 RPG 3.0 APG 46.0 FG%
D. Wade SG 12.0 PPG 3.4 RPG 3.1 APG 40.9 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Redick SG 24 PTS 1 REB 3 AST
D. Wade SG 25 PTS 3 REB 1 AST
42.9 FG% 43.6
22.6 3PT FG% 36.8
77.1 FT% 52.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Redick 33 24 1 3 3 0 1 2 8/18 2/9 6/6 0 1 33 +7
B. Simmons 39 17 13 10 4 0 7 3 8/13 0/0 1/4 4 9 47 +3
J. Embiid 31 14 12 1 1 5 8 4 2/11 0/4 10/13 2 10 26 -5
D. Saric 29 11 8 2 0 0 2 4 4/13 1/4 2/2 6 2 21 -11
R. Covington 27 10 6 2 1 0 2 5 3/5 2/3 2/2 0 6 19 +2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Redick 33 24 1 3 3 0 1 2 8/18 2/9 6/6 0 1 33 +7
B. Simmons 39 17 13 10 4 0 7 3 8/13 0/0 1/4 4 9 47 +3
J. Embiid 31 14 12 1 1 5 8 4 2/11 0/4 10/13 2 10 26 -5
D. Saric 29 11 8 2 0 0 2 4 4/13 1/4 2/2 6 2 21 -11
R. Covington 27 10 6 2 1 0 2 5 3/5 2/3 2/2 0 6 19 +2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Belinelli 27 10 2 2 1 0 0 2 3/7 1/4 3/3 0 2 17 +3
E. Ilyasova 23 10 8 1 1 0 2 1 4/10 1/6 1/3 3 5 19 +16
A. Johnson 10 8 1 1 1 0 1 1 3/4 0/0 2/2 1 0 11 +7
T. McConnell 9 2 4 0 0 0 3 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 4 3 +1
J. Anderson 8 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 1 2 -3
J. Bayless - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Holmes - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Korkmaz - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Luwawu-Cabarrot - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Fultz - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 106 57 22 12 5 26 25 36/84 7/31 27/35 17 40 198 +20
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Dragic 37 20 1 3 4 0 5 2 9/19 1/3 1/4 0 1 26 -4
J. Johnson 35 15 8 5 1 1 3 4 5/12 1/4 4/5 1 7 32 -10
H. Whiteside 26 13 13 0 0 1 4 4 6/9 0/0 1/3 2 11 23 +6
J. Richardson 35 10 5 7 7 1 0 4 4/11 1/3 1/2 3 2 37 +6
T. Johnson 12 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 2 +3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Dragic 37 20 1 3 4 0 5 2 9/19 1/3 1/4 0 1 26 -4
J. Johnson 35 15 8 5 1 1 3 4 5/12 1/4 4/5 1 7 32 -10
H. Whiteside 26 13 13 0 0 1 4 4 6/9 0/0 1/3 2 11 23 +6
J. Richardson 35 10 5 7 7 1 0 4 4/11 1/3 1/2 3 2 37 +6
T. Johnson 12 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 2 +3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Wade 25 25 3 1 3 0 2 3 10/22 0/0 5/6 1 2 31 -5
W. Ellington 21 10 2 1 1 0 2 2 3/7 3/6 1/1 1 1 13 -6
J. Winslow 20 7 6 3 1 0 2 5 3/9 1/3 0/2 2 4 18 -1
B. Adebayo 16 2 5 0 0 1 1 3 1/3 0/0 0/2 3 2 7 -6
K. Olynyk 8 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 1 -3
L. Babbitt - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Waiters - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. McGruder - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Mickey - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Jones Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Walton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
U. Haslem - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 102 43 21 18 4 19 32 41/94 7/19 13/25 13 30 190 -20