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Brett Brown ‘shocked’ Sixers defeated Heat, believes team ‘didn’t deserve it’

Saturday, the Philadelphia 76ers took a commanding 3-1 series lead versus the Miami Heat with a 106-102 victory in South Beach.

Despite the win, the Sixers looked very sloppy for a large portion of the game. Joel Embiid, who made his postseason debut in Game 3, did not have the strongest outing — scoring 14 points, grabbing 12 rebounds — but was plagued with eight turnovers while shooting 2-for-11 in the process.

Sixers big men Dario Saric and Ersan Ilyasova combined to shoot 8-of-23 from the field as well. Coach Brett Brown was not pleased with their performance, despite the win.

Even with the struggles, Brown states the Sixers future is in good hands:

“I think that those two players have the chance to be great. And they are ours,” Brown said. “To look at those two guys, and Joel has no right to be doing some of the things that he’s doing. And I thought tonight he’d come back to Earth a little bit offensively. He did struggle offensively. But he was massive defensively. I think Ben’s composure down the stretch, and I didn’t take him out. You know, and he’s one of these rare athletes that rarely do I say ‘Oh, Ben Simmons is tired.’ He doesn’t seem to fatigue blatantly.”

The Sixers were led by Ben Simmons, who scored 17 points and corralled 13 rebounds while dishing out 10 assists in 39 minutes. Simmons joined Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only rookies to ever register a triple-double in a playoff game.

The Sixers had far too much sloppy play, but still persevered to secure a road playoff win. If the 76ers can win games ugly like the team did Saturday, the team has a legitimate shot to contend for an NBA Finals appearance this year.