Joel Embiid’s playoff debut was a smashing success for Philadelphia, the All-Star center returned from a 10-game absence by scoring 23 points, including a personal 7-0 run down the stretch that iced the game, leading the Sixers to a 128-108 win over the host Miami Heat Thursday night.
Goran Dragic had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Josh Richardson blocked a potential go-ahead shot in the final moments, and the Heat closed the game on an 11-0 run to defeat the Atlanta Hawks 101-98 and clinch a playoff berth on Tuesday night.
Miami held Chicago to 37 percent shooting on the way to beating the Bulls 103-92 on Thursday night, pushing its home winning streak to a season-best eight games and cutting the magic number for clinching a playoff spot to one.
Kelly Olynyk scored a game-high 19 points and Dwyane Wade blocked a pair of LeBron James shots as part of a stifling defensive effort by Miami, and the Heat had little trouble on the way to beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 98-79 Tuesday night.
Kelly Olynyk finished with 22 points and a career-high 10 assists and the Heat rolled past the New York Knicks 119-98 on Wednesday night.
Sacramento’s De’Aaron Fox made a game-tying layup at the end of regulation — the second time in two weeks for the rookie point guard — and veteran Zach Randolph scored the first three points of the extra period and finished with 22, and the Kings rallied to beat the visiting Miami Heat 123-119 on Wednesday night.
Damian Lillard scored 32 points and dished out 10 assists as the Trail Blazers extended its league-best winning streak to 10 games with a 115-99 win over the visiting Heat on Monday night.
Hassan Whiteside scored 26 points, Dwyane Wade added 16 and the Miami Heat moved a step closer to the playoffs by beating the Philadelphia 76ers 108-99 on Thursday night.
Dwyane Wade scored 15 of Miami’s final 17 points, finished with a season-high 27 and his jumper with 5.9 seconds remaining lifted the Heat to a much-needed 102-101 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.
As a part of its massive NBA trade deadline fire sale, the Cleveland Cavaliers traded 14-year veteran and three-time NBA champion Dwyane Wade to the Miami Heat in exchange for a heavily-protected second round pick.