Joel Embiid had another strong performance for the Sixers in Game 4 as Philly took down the Miami Heat, 116-108, to tie the series at two games apiece. However, it was James Harden that stole the show as he unearthed the James Harden of old in what was one of his best performances in a Sixers uniform.
After the games, Sixers head coach Doc Rivers heaped praise on Harden. The 60-year-old shot-caller took note of how Harden knew when he needed to step up whenever he sensed that Embiid was struggling:
“Joel was low on gas at times, and James could sense that,” explained the Sixers coach, via Justin Grasso of the SunHerald. “I thought that was huge. I thought the biggest part of the game, too, was the beginning of the fourth quarter. Joel needed rest, that group came on the floor, we created fouls, and increased the lead. When Joel came back in the game with seven and a half minutes, we were already in penalty. That’s huge. Now, every time they touch you, your fouled, and you go to the line and make free throws.”
The Sixers’ superstar big man missed the first two games of the series due to a couple of injuries and at times, he looked a bit worse for wear in Game 4. Harden knew the Sixers needed him so he responded in a major way.