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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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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:42   JJ Redick missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:37   Offensive rebound by Dario Saric  
11:34 +2 Dario Saric made dunk 2-0
11:22   Lost ball turnover on Hassan Whiteside, stolen by Ben Simmons  
11:15 +2 Joel Embiid made dunk, assist by Robert Covington 4-0
11:03 +2 James Johnson made driving layup, assist by Josh Richardson 4-2
10:54   Ben Simmons missed driving layup  
10:51   Defensive rebound by James Johnson  
10:49   Shooting foul on Joel Embiid  
10:49   Goran Dragic missed 1st of 2 free throws  
10:49   Team rebound  
10:49   Goran Dragic missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
10:45   Defensive rebound by Dario Saric  
10:37   Dario Saric missed jump shot  
10:33   Defensive rebound by Hassan Whiteside  
10:30   Goran Dragic missed driving layup  
10:24   Offensive rebound by James Johnson  
10:24 +2 James Johnson made dunk 4-4
10:22   Bad pass turnover on Ben Simmons, stolen by Josh Richardson  
10:18 +2 Goran Dragic made layup, assist by Josh Richardson 4-6
10:07 +2 JJ Redick made fade-away jump shot, assist by Ben Simmons 6-6
9:51 +3 Josh Richardson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by James Johnson 6-9
9:31   Personal foul on Josh Richardson  
9:27 +2 Robert Covington made alley-oop shot, assist by JJ Redick 8-9
8:59   Josh Richardson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:57   Defensive rebound by Ben Simmons  
8:53   JJ Redick missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:50   Defensive rebound by James Johnson  
8:42   Goran Dragic missed jump shot  
8:40   Offensive rebound by Josh Richardson  
8:36 +2 Josh Richardson made jump shot 8-11
8:29   Joel Embiid missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:22   Defensive rebound by Hassan Whiteside  
8:19   Bad pass turnover on Hassan Whiteside, stolen by Ben Simmons  
8:12 +2 Joel Embiid made jump shot 10-11
8:12   Shooting foul on Hassan Whiteside  
8:12   Joel Embiid missed free throw  
8:12   Defensive rebound by Hassan Whiteside  
8:04   Josh Richardson missed driving layup  
8:01   Defensive rebound by Ben Simmons  
7:57 +2 Dario Saric made layup, assist by Ben Simmons 12-11
7:41   Goran Dragic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:37   Defensive rebound by Robert Covington  
7:24   Lost ball turnover on Joel Embiid, stolen by Josh Richardson  
7:22   Shooting foul on Dario Saric  
7:22 +1 Josh Richardson made 1st of 2 free throws 12-12
7:22   Josh Richardson missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
7:19   Defensive rebound by Ben Simmons  
7:13 +2 Amir Johnson made layup, assist by Ben Simmons 14-12
6:57   Personal foul on Robert Covington  
6:44   Justise Winslow missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:41   Defensive rebound by Robert Covington  
6:23   Marco Belinelli missed jump shot  
6:15   Offensive rebound by Amir Johnson  
6:20   Amir Johnson missed dunk  
6:19   Offensive rebound by Dario Saric  
6:18   Dario Saric missed dunk  
6:17   Offensive rebound by Dario Saric  
6:15   Dario Saric missed layup  
6:15   Defensive rebound by Hassan Whiteside  
6:13   Offensive foul on Justise Winslow  
6:13   Offensive foul on Justise Winslow  
5:57 +3 Dario Saric made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ben Simmons 17-12
5:42   Justise Winslow missed driving layup  
5:41   Team rebound  
5:33   Bad pass turnover on James Johnson, stolen by Amir Johnson  
5:28 +3 Robert Covington made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ben Simmons 20-12
5:11 +3 Wayne Ellington made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Justise Winslow 20-15
4:52   Shooting foul on Kelly Olynyk  
4:52 +1 Amir Johnson made 1st of 2 free throws 21-15
4:52 +1 Amir Johnson made 2nd of 2 free throws 22-15
4:32   Bad pass turnover on Goran Dragic, stolen by Marco Belinelli  
4:25   Bad pass turnover on Amir Johnson, stolen by Goran Dragic  
4:20 +2 Goran Dragic made layup, assist by Wayne Ellington 22-17
4:14   Dario Saric missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:10   Offensive rebound by Dario Saric  
4:08   Robert Covington missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:05   Defensive rebound by Wayne Ellington  
4:00   Wayne Ellington missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:57   Defensive rebound by Ben Simmons  
3:50 +2 Ben Simmons made jump shot 24-17
3:35   Goran Dragic missed jump shot  
3:33   Defensive rebound by Ben Simmons  
3:24   Lost ball turnover on Robert Covington, stolen by Kelly Olynyk  
3:20 +2 Goran Dragic made layup, assist by Justise Winslow 24-19
3:01   Offensive foul on Ben Simmons  
3:01   Offensive foul on Ben Simmons  
2:47   Justise Winslow missed turnaround jump shot  
2:44   Defensive rebound by Ersan Ilyasova  
2:43   Personal foul on Kelly Olynyk  
2:35   Traveling violation turnover on JJ Redick  
2:20   Dwyane Wade missed jump shot  
2:17   Offensive rebound by Bam Adebayo  
2:15   Josh Richardson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:12   Defensive rebound by Joel Embiid  
2:08   Justin Anderson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:05   Defensive rebound by Justise Winslow  
2:03   Shooting foul on T.J. McConnell  
2:03   Bam Adebayo missed 1st of 2 free throws  
2:03   Team rebound  
2:03   Bam Adebayo missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
1:59   Defensive rebound by Justin Anderson  
1:42   Personal foul on Justise Winslow  
1:42 +1 Joel Embiid made 1st of 2 free throws 25-19
1:42 +1 Joel Embiid made 2nd of 2 free throws 26-19
1:33   Shooting foul on Justin Anderson  
1:33 +1 Dwyane Wade made 1st of 2 free throws 26-20
1:33 +1 Dwyane Wade made 2nd of 2 free throws 26-21
1:16   Lost ball turnover on Ersan Ilyasova, stolen by Josh Richardson  
1:10 +2 Bam Adebayo made alley-oop shot, assist by Dwyane Wade 26-23
0:59   Offensive foul on Joel Embiid  
0:59   Offensive foul on Joel Embiid  
0:48   Josh Richardson missed floating jump shot  
0:45   Defensive rebound by Ersan Ilyasova  
0:29   JJ Redick missed jump shot  
0:26   Defensive rebound by Justise Winslow  
0:07 +3 Wayne Ellington made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Justise Winslow 26-26
0:00   Ersan Ilyasova missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   Defensive rebound by Dwyane Wade  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:43   Personal foul on Amir Johnson  
11:31 +2 Dwyane Wade made turnaround jump shot 26-28
11:14 +2 JJ Redick made jump shot, assist by Marco Belinelli 28-28
10:53   Kelly Olynyk missed floating jump shot  
10:51   Offensive rebound by Bam Adebayo  
10:51   Bam Adebayo missed dunk  
10:50   Defensive rebound by T.J. McConnell  
10:44   Ersan Ilyasova missed fade-away jump shot, blocked by Josh Richardson  
10:44   Team rebound  
10:32   Offensive foul on Bam Adebayo  
10:32   Offensive foul on Bam Adebayo  
10:21 +3 JJ Redick made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Amir Johnson 31-28
10:05   Dwyane Wade missed driving dunk  
10:03   Defensive rebound by T.J. McConnell  
10:02   Out of bounds turnover on T.J. McConnell  
9:52 +3 Wayne Ellington made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Josh Richardson 31-31
9:52   Shooting foul on JJ Redick  
9:52 +1 Wayne Ellington made free throw 31-32
9:38   Marco Belinelli missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:36   Offensive rebound by Ersan Ilyasova  
9:33 +2 Ersan Ilyasova made fade-away jump shot 33-32
9:16   Wayne Ellington missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:14   Defensive rebound by Ersan Ilyasova  
9:12   JJ Redick missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:09   Defensive rebound by Josh Richardson  
9:04 +2 Dwyane Wade made driving layup, assist by Josh Richardson 33-34
9:04   Shooting foul on Marco Belinelli  
9:04 +1 Dwyane Wade made free throw 33-35
8:47 +2 Amir Johnson made driving layup 35-35
8:38 +2 Dwyane Wade made jump shot 35-37
8:31   Bad pass turnover on Ben Simmons, stolen by Dwyane Wade  
8:27   Bad pass turnover on Dwyane Wade, stolen by Ben Simmons  
8:21 +3 JJ Redick made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ben Simmons 38-37
8:06   Personal foul on Ersan Ilyasova  
7:55 +2 Hassan Whiteside made dunk, assist by Josh Richardson 38-39
7:55   Shooting foul on JJ Redick  
7:55   Hassan Whiteside missed free throw  
7:55   Defensive rebound by Robert Covington  
7:42   Shooting foul on Josh Richardson  
7:42 +1 JJ Redick made 1st of 2 free throws 39-39
7:42 +1 JJ Redick made 2nd of 2 free throws 40-39
7:30 +2 Goran Dragic made finger-roll layup 40-41
7:09   Ben Simmons missed turnaround jump shot  
7:07   Offensive rebound by Ben Simmons  
7:05   Joel Embiid missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:01   Defensive rebound by Hassan Whiteside  
6:57   Dwyane Wade missed jump shot  
6:53   Defensive rebound by Dario Saric  
6:53   Personal foul on Dwyane Wade  
6:42   Joel Embiid missed jump shot  
6:40   Defensive rebound by James Johnson  
6:24 +2 Hassan Whiteside made hook shot, assist by Goran Dragic 40-43
6:15   Shooting foul on Hassan Whiteside  
6:15 +1 Joel Embiid made 1st of 2 free throws 41-43
6:15 +1 Joel Embiid made 2nd of 2 free throws 42-43
6:06 +2 Goran Dragic made layup, assist by James Johnson 42-45
5:47   Lost ball turnover on Joel Embiid, stolen by Justise Winslow  
5:44 +2 Justise Winslow made layup 42-47
5:26   Shooting foul on James Johnson  
5:26 +1 Dario Saric made 1st of 2 free throws 43-47
5:26 +1 Dario Saric made 2nd of 2 free throws 44-47
5:20   Personal foul on Robert Covington  
5:20 +1 Hassan Whiteside made 1st of 2 free throws 44-48
5:20   Hassan Whiteside missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
5:18   Defensive rebound by Joel Embiid  
5:11   Joel Embiid missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:08   Defensive rebound by James Johnson  
5:01 +3 Justise Winslow made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by James Johnson 44-51
4:47 +2 Marco Belinelli made layup, assist by Ben Simmons 46-51
4:35   Hassan Whiteside missed hook shot  
4:31   Defensive rebound by Robert Covington  
4:27   Lost ball turnover on Dario Saric, stolen by Goran Dragic  
4:27   Shooting foul on Ben Simmons  
4:27   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
4:27   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
4:27   Team rebound  
4:27   Goran Dragic missed 1st of 2 free throws  
4:27 +1 Goran Dragic made 2nd of 2 free throws 46-52
4:14   Bad pass turnover on Joel Embiid, stolen by Dwyane Wade  
4:10 +2 Dwyane Wade made dunk 46-54
3:59   Offensive foul on Ben Simmons  
3:59   Offensive foul on Ben Simmons  
3:49   Offensive foul on Hassan Whiteside  
3:49   Offensive foul on Hassan Whiteside  
3:33 +3 Marco Belinelli made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Robert Covington 49-54
3:18   Wayne Ellington missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:14   Defensive rebound by Joel Embiid  
3:11   Out of bounds turnover on T.J. McConnell  
2:53   Goran Dragic missed driving layup  
2:49   Offensive rebound by Bam Adebayo  
2:49   Bam Adebayo missed dunk  
2:48   Defensive rebound by T.J. McConnell  
2:48   Lost ball turnover on T.J. McConnell, stolen by Goran Dragic  
2:44   Goran Dragic missed layup, blocked by Joel Embiid  
2:40   Defensive rebound by T.J. McConnell  
2:34 +3 Robert Covington made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dario Saric 52-54
2:19 +2 James Johnson made floating jump shot 52-56
2:19   Shooting foul on Dario Saric  
2:19 +1 James Johnson made free throw 52-57
1:58   Joel Embiid missed turnaround jump shot  
1:55   Defensive rebound by James Johnson  
1:46   Dwyane Wade missed driving layup  
1:42   Defensive rebound by Joel Embiid  
1:41   Lost ball turnover on Joel Embiid, stolen by Goran Dragic  
1:38 +2 Goran Dragic made dunk 52-59
1:23   T.J. McConnell missed driving layup  
1:19   Defensive rebound by James Johnson  
1:18   Shooting foul on Robert Covington  
1:18 +1 James Johnson made 1st of 2 free throws 52-60
1:18 +1 James Johnson made 2nd of 2 free throws 52-61
1:04 +2 Amir Johnson made hook shot, assist by JJ Redick 54-61
0:49   Dwyane Wade missed jump shot  
0:47   Defensive rebound by Ersan Ilyasova  
0:42 +2 T.J. McConnell made jump shot 56-61
0:29   James Johnson missed jump shot  
0:29   Team rebound  
0:07   Ersan Ilyasova missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by James Johnson  
0:03   Defensive rebound by Dwyane Wade  
0:02   Dwyane Wade missed finger-roll layup  
0:00   Offensive rebound by Wayne Ellington  
0:00   Wayne Ellington missed fade-away jump shot  
0:00   Team rebound  
0:00   End of period