The Sixers knew they’d have to win at least one game on the road to beat the Eastern Conference’s top seed in their second-round series against the Miami Heat.
The Sixers defeats in Games 1 and 2 of the series when it began last week. With back-to-back wins at domestic in Recreations 3 and 4, the Sixers had a terrific chance to steal a game in South Beach before the series returned to Philly.
Unfortunately for the 76ers, they appeared out of sorts in Game 5 on Tuesday night. The Sixers are hopeless from the start at the FTX Arena since they couldn’t take control of the game at any time.
The Sixers were kept to under 20 points in the first quarter and turned the ball over four times. The 76ers second-half adjustments were non-existent, despite playing considerably better in the second quarter and keeping the game within reach at the conclusion of the first half.
In the third quarter, the Heat increased their advantage to 20 points. The Heat also took a 37-point lead in the fourth quarter thanks to a nearly 40-point surge. Doc Rivers emptied the bench at the conclusion of the game because his team had fallen too far behind.
After the game, Rivers observed, “They were simply more physical.” “We didn’t handle our business very properly.” We moved at a glacial pace. We had 85 shots and turned the ball over, I believe. Everything they performed tonight was more difficult and more impressive. Their equipment was superior to ours, and their energy and tenacity were superior.”
After everything done, the Sixers came up short, losing the game 120-85. With that loss, the Sixers will return to Philadelphia and face the possibility of elimination in Game 6 at home.
“It’s up to me to make sure they’re preparing,” Rivers said. “And it’s up to them to prepared.” We weren’t tonight. I’d want to see the tape or destroy it. Which one, I’m not sure. I’ll probably watch it out of obligation, and then burn it. We’ll be prepared for the next game. “We must be.”