Heat chalk up another home win over 76ers

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The Philadelphia 76ers will need Joel Embiid back on the court if they are to challenge Miami in their NBA Eastern Conference semi-final, with the Heat winning 119-103 to take a 2-0 series lead.

Bam Adebayo scored 23 points, Jimmy Butler had 22 points and 12 assists as the Heat made it two home victories in a row.

"It's always nice to win," Butler said.

"We just did what we're supposed to do at home."

Victor Oladipo scored 19 points on his 30th birthday and the league's sixth man of the year Tyler Herro added 18 for the Heat, as their bench players contributed as well.

A 10-0 run in the fourth turned an eight-point Miami lead into an 18-point edge, sealing the win and ensuring the Heat would hold home court before the series shifts north.

Tyrese Maxey scored 34 points for Philadelphia, who got 21 from Tobias Harris and 20 from James Harden.

"We've just got to go back to the drawing board and try to figure it out," Maxey said.

Game 3 is Friday in Philadelphia.

And now, the Heat will hope history holds -- and the 76ers will hope it doesn't.

Miami have taken a 2-0 lead in 18 previous series, including the first round this season against Atlanta, and won the match-up every time.

The 76ers' have dropped the first two games of a match-up on 19 other occasions, never recovering to win the series.

The question going into Game 3 is whether league MVP candidate Embiid could be ready.

The league's scoring champion has, not surprisingly, been big-time missed by the 76ers.

"We don't have a big man right now," Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers said.

It wasn't just the absence of Embiid, though, that hurt Philadelphia.

The 76ers were awful again from 3-point range, making just 8 of 30 attempts.

"When it comes down to it, you've got to make shots, especially when you're on the road against a really good team," Harden said.

"It's pretty simple."

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