Heat open East semis with 76ers win

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Tyler Herro has scored 25 points, Bam Adebayo finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds, and the Miami Heat beat the shorthanded Philadelphia 76ers 106-92 in the opener of their Eastern Conference semi-final series.

Jimmy Butler added 15 points for the top-seeded Heat, who also got 10 from Gabe Vincent and P.J. Tucker on Monday night.

The 76ers were without Joel Embiid, the MVP finalist who is recovering from an orbital fracture and concussion -- injuries suffered in Philadelphia's first-round-clinching win at Toronto. He's not expected to play in Game 2 on Wednesday in Miami.

And as would be expected, he was missed. Tobias Harris scored 27 points for the Sixers, who got 19 from Tyrese Maxey and 16 points, nine rebounds and five assists from James Harden.

Philadelphia fell to 6-9 without Embiid this season.

Miami came out as aggressive as could be, putting Tucker on Harden and having him guard him the entire 94 feet of the floor in a similar approach to what the Heat utilised against the Atlanta Hawks' Trae Young in the first-round series.

It worked -- for a while. Miami led by as many as 12 in the opening quarter, then a 10-2 run fuelled by eight points from Herro gave the Heat a 13-point edge at 37-24 to mark their biggest of the half.

Harden's shot in the lane with 28 seconds left put the 76ers up 51-50, their first lead of the night and the score that they took into the locker room.

The Sixers scored the first four points of the second half but that was as good as it got for the visitors.

Adebayo took a bullet pass from Tucker for a dunk that put Miami up 62-61, and that would be the final lead change of the night. It was the start of a 10-0 run that built a cushion, and then an 13-2 run early in the fourth decided matters and pushed the Heat edge out to 98-77.

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