Joel Embiid (face) starting for 76ers in Game 3 on Thursday night

How about that? Game 2 would see the Heat snap Philadelphia's 17-game win streak.

On offense, he led the Sixers with 23 points, on just 11 shots. Ben Simmons flirted with a triple-double, scoring 19 points to go with 12 rebounds and seven assists. Brown added that the team would need to monitor Embiid in pregame warm-ups before clearing him to play, and apparently Philadelphia liked what it saw. It was his first playoff game.

"Little do they know that I have about 50 of them", Embiid said. And it's not like there's a clear vision line out of the mask, it has a protective lens in there as well. Wayne Ellington, Miami's single-season leader in 3-pointers after making a record 227 this season, was 1 for 5 from the floor.

On the season, the 76ers are averaging 109.8 points, 47.4 rebounds and 27.1 assists per game.

"I love blowing teams out", Embiid said. We're not here to make friends.

Afterward, Embiid had a bold message for the Heat.

Miami's Justice Winslow led all scorers with 19 points on 4-for-6 shooting in the first half, all field goals coming from beyond the arc. The Heat forward then received the ball on the offensive end.

EMBIID: It felt great. I think we were up 18 or 20, and if you could get that lead up to 22, I think it's good.

"You don't really want to talk trash to me".

The 76ers welcomed back their best player, and got back to their winning ways.

As for Winslow's ploy to potentially destroy the mask and perhaps sideline Embiid as a result? He's still causing problems, finding shooters, running transition.

Game 3 was another street fight, and Philadelphia didn't back down. Just check out this dime he threw to J.J. Redick for a wide-open three to give Philly a six-point lead in the first quarter. There were 14 lead changes and nine ties in the half, the Heat taking a 64-63 lead into the break. It was close through the third quarter, too. Hamilton advised its best to grow accustomed to playing with the disguise by learning to react to the sweat, fog and heat it brings during live game action. Horne and Delaware STAR had already manufactured a mask prior to Saturday's Game 1.

  • Julie Sanders