By Harvey Hoffman
James Harden played 37 minutes in the Sixers 120-85 loss to the Heat, with a line of 14 points (5-of-13 FGs, 2-of-3 FTs), six rebounds, four assists, one steal, and two 3-pointers.
After having his best game of the series in the Sixers Game 4 win on Sunday, Harden fell flat.
That didn’t happen, and when combined with Joel Embiid having a quiet night and Tyrese Maxey (9/3/1/1 with one 3-pointer) going 2-of-10 from the field, you have the makings of a blowout.
Harden has now scored 17 points or fewer in three of the five games of this series, and Philadelphia is going to need a far better performance from him in Game 6 if they’re to extend the series.
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