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NBA Preview: Miami Heat (32-29) at Philadelphia Sixers (39-20)

Throughout the remainder of the regular season, the Philadelphia 76ers’ schedule will continue to be difficult to navigate.

Additionally, the Sixers must quickly respond to their agonizing 110-107 defeat to the Boston Celtics on Saturday by hosting the Miami Heat on Monday at home.

With 1.3 seconds remaining, Boston’s Jayson Tatum made the game-winning three-pointer. After that, Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid hit a shot from 75 yards out that went through the net, but the ball remained in his hands as time expired.

Another MVP-like performance from Embiid, who scored 41 points and had 12 rebounds and five assists, was overshadowed by the loss. Additionally, he stopped three shots.

This season, Embiid has had five games with at least 40-10-5 points, which is the most he has ever had in a single season and tied for second in the NBA.

He wants to win at this point in his career. Since joining the NBA, he has never made it past the Eastern Conference semifinals. However, he has sufficient big-game experience to anticipate double teams, particularly in the postseason.

The Sixers are likely to benefit from the challenging schedule because they will have to fine-tune the minute details that will ultimately decide games in the playoffs.

Before the All-Star break, the Heat suffered defeats to the Brooklyn Nets and Denver Nuggets.

After the break, Miami has suffered defeats at the hands of the Milwaukee Bucks and the Charlotte Hornets, continuing its conflict.

Despite Tyler Herro’s 33 points, six 3-pointers, and Jimmy Butler’s 28 points, the Heat lost to the Hornets 108-103 on Saturday. Kevin Love, a new signing, had 13 points and 13 rebounds.

The Heat trailed by 22 points but rallied ferociously in the final two minutes to pull within one. On their final four possessions, they failed to score.

A team that had hopes of making deep playoff runs suffered yet another defeat as a result. This was a frustrating stretch of losses.

Kyle Lowry of the Heat remained sidelined with a sore left knee. Lowry hasn’t played since Feb. 2 against the New York Knicks, and whether he will play against the Sixers is unknown.

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