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76ers' Joel Embiid Debuts Mask Vs. Heat And Had Twitter Talking

76ers' Joel Embiid Debuts Mask Vs. Heat And Had Twitter Talking

With the series tied at 1-1, the Philadelphia 76ers are making their way to Florida for game three of the series.

A fluke play temporarily broke the lenses off of Embiid's mask in the second, allowing the Heat to fully close the gap and take the lead at 46-43 with seven to play in the frame.

Embiid has missed Philadelphia's last 10 games while recovering from a concussion and surgery to fix a fractured orbital bone around his left eye.

Feuds broke out left and right at American Airlines Arena on Thursday, as the two teams engaged in a knockdown, drag-out battle for home-court advantage. "After that second game, I was told I wasn't going to play". It has a protective lens in there as well. So I'm glad I got him back.

Embiid had 23 points (and went 3-for-4 from long distance) in his first game since injuring his orbital bone back in March. He racked up 19 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists. It's always good to blow a team out. I love it. Growing up I played on all types of teams that would just press and defend and run around with our heads chopped off. I liked the fact that we did that, we're not here to make friends, we're here to win a series. Then Embiid damaged the second one when knocked to the ground while being fouled in the third quarter.

EMBIID: Justin was kind of hyping me up on the bench, he was talking about [how] I'm one of the best players in the league and that I gotta take over, and that I gotta bring back the win. After Bam Adebayo scooped up the loose ball and dunked it, Justise Winslow walked over and stepped on Embiid's goggles before handing it over to the refs. He made five of his last six attempts from the floor after missing his first five shots. Embiid also participated in shootaround Thursday morning but had yet to be cleared for full contact, Brown said. "I watched the film, other the one I jumped for the pump fake, I didn't really see no other fouls".

"I was lucky that the shots were falling, and on the defensive end, I think I got a block, too", Embiid said.

Said Winslow: "He kept throwing it on the ground, so I don't know if he didn't like it or what". He had 23 points and eight assists while Justice Winslow, who caused issues for Philadelphia in the first half, finished with 19 points. "At the same time, Ben is still doing what he's doing".

How quickly things have changed for the Trail Blazers.

The Heat started out the game up 4-0, before the Sixers mounted a comeback behind Marco Belinelli and Robert Covington.

Philadelphia started the night with a big 128-108 win over the Heat and it came with the help of a reinforcement.

The Heat remained with an opening five of Whiteside at centre, James Johnson and Josh Richardson at forward, Dragic and Tyler Johnson at guard. With The Process back, a run the NBA Finals could be in the cards for Philly. The Sixers shot 52 percent in the frame, while holding the Heat to 26 percent from the floor.

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