Joel Embiid hit a surprising 3-pointer with 0.8 of a second remaining to present the Philadelphia 76ers a shock 104-101 time beyond regulation NBA playoff victory over Toronto on Wednesday.
NBA scoring champion Embiid, a 28-year-old middle from Cameroon, took an inbound go close to the sideline with lower than a second on the shot clock, turned to the ring and fired, sinking his first profession last-second sport winner after 14 prior misses.
“That’s the perfect one,” Embiid stated of his last-second pictures. “Simply get the ball to me or whoever was open. We did that and I’m glad I made play.”
Embiid, a 2022 NBA Most Beneficial Participant award finalist, scored a game-high 33 factors and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds because the visiting Sixers rallied from a 17-point deficit to grab a 3-0 lead within the best-of-seven collection, which they will sweep in sport 4 on Saturday.
“The job is just not completed,” Embiid stated. “We’ve obtained another. We’ve obtained to return again right here and attempt to beat them once more.”
Philadelphia trailed by as many as 17 factors and by no means led till time beyond regulation, taking their largest lead on Embiid’s decider.
The Sixers weren’t the one workforce to beat a 17-point gap and win because the Boston Celtics took a 114-107 fightback victory over visiting Brooklyn due to a fourth-quarter comeback, the Celtics seizing a 2-0 collection edge over the Nets.
Philadelphia’s James Harden had 19 factors and 10 assists earlier than fouling out within the remaining seconds of regulation time. Tyrese Maxey added 19 factors and Tobias Harris had 11 factors and 12 rebounds for the 76ers.
It was a heartbreaker for the Raptors, who have been led by 26 factors from O.G. Anunoby and 24 from Gary Trent Jr. with Treasured Achiuwa including 20 off the bench.
The 76ers matched a season excessive with 21 turnovers, 15 of them within the first half establishing 21 Toronto factors.
“We’ve to maintain the ball, don’t enable final second probabilities, transfer the ball to one another and make performs,” stated Embiid, who was ripped at halftime by Sixers coach Doc Rivers with Toronto forward 56-46.
“The primary half I used to be simply floating round. I didn’t really need the ball,” Embiid stated. “Coach obtained on me, stated I’m the largest man on the market and I’ve to dominate. That’s what I attempted to do (after halftime).”
Toronto couldn’t maintain off the Sixers down the stretch because the groups traded basket for basket. A goaltending name in opposition to Anunoby on Harden was upheld on video evaluation, a vital name to drag the 76ers inside 95-94 with 76 seconds remaining.
Harden and Anunoby every missed a late free throw and the sport went into time beyond regulation. Embiid hit a jumper for a 101-100 Sixers lead however fouled Anunoby on a drive to the ring and the Raptor made 1-of-2 to stage the sport, establishing Embiid’s final shot.
Celtics rally late
At Boston, Jaylen Brown scored 10 of his 22 factors within the fourth quarter and Jayson Tatum added 19 for the Celtics.
The Nets by no means trailed till the ultimate eight minutes as Boston charged again from a 17-point second-quarter deficit.
Kevin Durant led Brooklyn with 27 factors however was examined all evening by swarming, bodily Boston defenders in a bruising contest — the Celtics having led the league in defensive statistics.
Durant, a former NBA Most Beneficial Participant, shot 4-of-17 from the ground, 0-for-10 with 4 turnovers within the second half.
Kyrie Irving, heckled and booed by the followers who cheered him in his days with Boston, was solely 4-of-13 from the ground for 10 factors.
Grant Williams had 17 factors off the Boston bench whereas Al Horford had 16 factors and Daniel Theis added 15 for the Celtics.
Bruce Brown had 23 for Brooklyn and Goran Dragic added 18 off the Nets bench.
The Celtics couldn’t seize their first lead till reserve Payton Pritchard hit a jumper to make it 94-92 with 7:49 remaining.
The Nets managed solely two factors over 4 minutes and Boston unleashed a 23-4 run within the fourth for the triumph.
A later Jap Convention playoff sport discovered Chicago at defending champion Milwaukee.