Saturday, December 10

76ers Blow Out Heat on Joel Embiid’s Return From Injury

PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Joel Embiid spent the week groggy from a concussion. His busted thumb needs surgery.

MVP form? Not yet. But Embiid wore his black mask and injected the 76ers—and a skittish fanbase—with revitalized championship aspirations.

Embiid inspired the 76ers with his return from a facial injury, Danny Green and Tyrese Maxey each scored 21 points and Philadelphia beat the Miami Heat 99–79 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Friday night.

“We have a good chance to win it all,” Embiid said. “We’ve got to stay healthy.”

The Heat lead the series 2–1. Game 4 is Sunday in Philadelphia.

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