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.
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.
The Heat continue to be one of the league’s hottest teams in recent weeks – as winners of seven of their last eight and sitting atop the Southeast Division. However, the team was dealt a huge injury blow this week that could end up having huge long-term ramifications.