Tyler Herro drives the drums on exhausted sixers

Tyler Herro scored 25 points off the bench as the Miami Heat used Joel Embiid’s injury absence to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 106-92 in their first Eastern Conference playoff series on Monday.

Herro led a balanced attacking effort as seeded Miami retired after trailing at half-time to go 1-0 in the best-of-seven conference semifinal series.

Five Miami players finished with double-digit scores as the impoverished Sixers vanished from contention after a daring halftime display that left fourth-seeded Heat 51-50 at halftime.

Preparations in Philadelphia were shaken on Friday after confirmation that the big man Embiid had suffered an orbital fracture and concussion during the first round of the Sixers series against Toronto on Thursday.

Embiid’s presence was sorely lacking at Miami’s FTX Arena on Monday as the Heat outpaced a tired-looking Sixers 56-41 in the second half.

Herro led the scoring for Miami despite starting on the bench, shooting 9 of 17 from the field including four from three points with seven assists.

“Everything is always close at hand with us, next man mentality, no matter what,” Herro said of his contribution from the bench.

“We just had to find a way to continue the attack and the guys came forward on the defensive. We just want to continue to play well and make things go ”.

Bam Adebayo meanwhile scored a double double with 25 points and 12 rebounds while Jimmy Butler, fit again, returned to the starting lineup from injury with 15 points, nine rebounds and three assists.

Tobias Harris led the Philadelphia scorers with 27 points, while Tyrese Maxey added 19 and James Harden 16.

Game 2 of the series will take place in Miami on Wednesday.

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