In overtime, 76ers beat Miami Heat 137-134


▲ Domantas Sabonis (11), of Indiana Pacers, tries to score between James Wiseman (33) and Stephen Curry (30), of Golden State Warriors, in the game played last night at the Chase Center in San Francisco, California. Afp photo


La Jornada newspaper
Wednesday, January 13, 2021, p. a31

In a thrilling duel that had to be defined in overtime, the Philadelphia 76ers took advantage of their local status to beat the Miami Heat 137-134.

Joel Embiid had 45 points and 16 rebounds to lead the home team to victory. Embiid had one of the great games of his career and lifted Philadelphia with a perfect third period and key shots in overtime.

Dakota Mathias hit the winning basket and the only one she had on the night, hitting a triple with 26.1 seconds to go, giving the Sixers the lead.

Mathias is a little known player. In the 2018 draft he was ignored and for this season he signed with Philadelphia as a two-day player in the Development League. It was he who defined the duel: he received the ball from the center of the goal and scored to give the advantage of 134-132.

The Heat, who did not have Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic for the Covid-19, led the Sixers to the extension with a crazy end of the fourth period. Tyler Herro helped the Heat overcome Embiid’s dominating effort with a 3-pointer that tied the game at 115 with 2:25 left.

Danny Green tied the 76ers’ 3-point record with nine and finished with 29 points, while Mike Scott had 16 points.

In Houston, the Los Angeles Lakers gave a setback to the local Rockets 117-100. With his signature signature, the legendary shot for the triple, LeBron James led Los Angeles to victory by registering 26 points. James Harden produced just 16 points for the Rockets.