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The Philadelphia 76 ers have momentum in their Eastern Conference Semifinal series versus the Miami Heat following 2 straight success.
With momentum comes self-confidence.
” We are getting more confident as the series goes on,” James Harden informed press reporters after he turned in a vintage efficiency while helping lead his team to a 116-108 victory in Sunday’s Video game 4 to even the series at two apiece.
Harden should have confidence after he ended up with 31 points, 9 assists and seven rebounds behind 6-of-10 shooting from three-point variety. Four of those triples was available in the last 10 minutes and assisted fend off a last push from Jimmy Butler and the Heat.
Butler countered with 40 points and six helps, however the visitors were unable to conquer their 7-of-35(20 percent) shooting mark from three-point variety. It also didn’t assist that Kyle Lowry was dealing with a hamstring injury and was 0-of-6 from deep.
Just like nearly any series that is connected through four video games, both teams could discover factors for optimism.
Miami has actually not lost at home yet in the playoffs and might win the series by continuing that pattern with Games 5 and 7 in FTX Arena. Philadelphia has actually not lost in this series with Joel Embiid on the flooring after he missed the first 2 contests with an orbital fracture.
The version of Harden who took control of in crunch time Sunday would likewise be a game-changer for the 76 ers.
Not only would it give them another MVP-caliber player who can deliver in the most significant minutes, it would also take some of the pressure off Embiid when the Heat throw double groups his direction. They could just do that so much if Harden is cooking like he performed in Video game 4, which would develop a pick-your-poison circumstance for the rest of the series.
Confidence might be essential if Harden is going to continue rolling, and he has it after Sunday’s proving.