MIAMI – Tyler Herro has spent the past few days battling a respiratory infection that is disrupting his system. So he arrived at the stadium in Miami early Monday morning, 10 hours before the game, to record and reintroduce his song.
And the Heat hit for the first time against the Philadelphia 76ers short.
Herro scored 25 points – the second highest in the last game – while Bam Adebayo finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds, and the top-ranked Heat ran in the second half to beat the 76ers 106 who were fourth seed. -92 in Game 1 of their Eastern regional competition.
Hero was 4 to 6 from the 3-point range; everyone else in the game shot plus 11 for 64 from the deep.
“He’s a worker,” said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra.
The 76ers were without Joel Embiid, the last MVP who did not stay in Miami while recovering from an orbital fracture and collision – after an injury. Expected to play in Game 2.
And as might be expected, he missed. Except Adebayo, who missed nothing. It was 8 for 10 from the ground, 8 for 8 from the line.
“I feel like I’m just making a game,” Adebayo said.
Jimmy Butler added 15 points to the Heat at the top, earning 10 from Gabe Vincent and PJ Tucker.
Tobias Harris scored 27 points for Philadelphia, 19 from Tyrese Maxey and 16 points, nine rebounds and five assists from James Harden.
Game 2 is Wednesday in Miami.
“I didn’t like the way we moved the ball,” said 76ers coach Doc Rivers. “I thought we passed late tonight. I thought the body hit us tonight and it had an impact. There were a lot of times, we take it. The extra drop and by the time we passed it got there.”
Miami came out as aggressive as they could be, putting Tucker on the Harden and making him oversee all 94 feet down the same level as the Heat was used against Atlanta’s Trae Young in the first round round.
“I’m doing my job,” Tucker said.
It worked – for a while. Miami led 12 points in the first quarter, then a 10-2 run supported by eight points from Herro gave the Heat a 13-point lead at 37-24 to show off their half-size. The limit was still 46-36 in the second half after another Herro basket.
The other half was Philly. And that was a 76ers night car.
“It’s possible. It’s possible,” Maxey said.
Miami went 1 to 9 off the field in the final 6 half minutes, with four innings in it, and Philadelphia went 15-4 spurt. Harden’s shot in the street with 28 seconds left elevates the 76ers 51-50, their first lead of the night with a score as they entered the locker room.
The 76ers scored the first four points of the second half, up five. This was as good as it was with the 76ers.
“I loved the way we fought,” Rivers said. “I liked the way we came out at the beginning of the third season … and then I didn’t like any other game since then.”
Adebayo took the bullet from Tucker for a dunk that put Miami 62-61 on, and that would be the last change of night. That was the start of a 10-0 run that built the cushion, followed by a 13-2 run at the start of the fourth round and a push on the Heating edge at 98-77.
“It’s the playoffs,” Adebayo said. “First to fourth.”
76ers: Philadelphia fell 6-9 without Embiid this season. … DeAndre Jordan started for Embiid and had four points and two rebounds in 17 minutes. … Georges Niang was 0 for 7, a total shot from three points.
Heat: Kyle Lowry (hamstring) missed his third game in a row. … Backup center Dewayne Dedmon picked up three errors in a 23-second one-first quarter. He then had two more in the 1:46 third period, giving him five errors in 4:14 play time.
The teams combined 15 for 70 shots in the first half from the 3-point range – 6 for 34 and 76ers, 9 slightly better for 36 and Heat. The Philadelphia rate of 17.6% from beyond the arc was the second worst of the season. Only the worst games with the 76ers were 17.1% games, also in Miami.
Heat guard Duncan Robinson, who led Miami to the third consecutive game, did not feature in Game 1. It was the first time since April 2019 that he wore but did not play, ending 256 games including the playoffs. . He missed three games this season on Miami’s inactive list.
Game 2 is Wednesday in Miami.