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NBA Preview: Miami Heat (37-30) at Philadelphia Sixers (37-30)

The Philadelphia 76ers will look for their second victory in a row Monday when they host the Miami Heat.

The Sixers (37-30) struggled for a bit Saturday but pulled away for a 109-98 win over the Charlotte Hornets.

Tyrese Maxey scored 30 points, Kelly Oubre Jr. added 22 and Buddy Hield had 14 for the Sixers, who played without Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris, De’Anthony Melton and Robert Covington.

Embiid, the league’s reigning Most Valuable Player, was back at practice Sunday, but there’s still no timetable for his return.

Harris missed Sunday’s practice with a sprained right ankle and he remains questionable for Monday’s game.

Maxey shook off an elbow to the nose from Brandon Miller, who was ejected for a flagrant 2 infraction.

Maxey also shook off a number of double teams.

Closing games has been an ongoing issue without Embiid, who was sidelined after knee surgery.

Not against the Hornets.

The Heat will arrive in Philadelphia after two straight victories over the Detroit Pistons.

Miami (37-30) defeated the Pistons 108-95 on Friday and 104-101 on Sunday.

In Sunday’s win, Bam Adebayo hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the two-game sweep.

Duncan Robinson led the way with a season-best 30 points while Adebayo added 20 points and 17 rebounds. Terry Rozier scored 17 points, Jaime Jaquez Jr. added 15 and Caleb Martin had 10.

Spoelstra tweaked his lineup again without Jimmy Butler, Tyler Herro, Nikola Jovic and Kevin Love. Herro has been out since Feb. 26 with injuries to his knee and feet.

Spoelstra is cautiously optimistic about Herro’s return before the end of the regular season. They’ll need him if they have aspirations of another deep playoff run.

It was a franchise-record 32nd different starting lineup he has utilized this season.

Robinson hit 7-of-12 shots from 3-point range and reached 1,000 made 3s faster than anyone in league history.

The Heat pulled into a tie with the Sixers with an identical record, setting up a huge matchup on Monday.

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