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Tyrese Maxey comes up big on both ends of the floor for the Philadelphia 76ers to secure a surprising win against the Miami Heat

The Sixers role players came to play against the Miami Heat
Tyrese Maxey had a big game against the Miami Heat

Tyrese Maxey came to play against the Miami Heat

Even though they were missing both Joel Embiid and James Harden, the Philadelphia 76ers grabbed a massive win at home against the best team in the east, the Miami Heat.

Huge win for the Sixers

After a disappointing loss against the Toronto Raptors the night before, the 76ers were able to bounce back with a big 106-113 win against one of the hottest teams since the start of the year, the Miami Heat. Since it was a back-to-back game for the Sixers, the coaching staff decided to rest Joel Embiid and James Harden, which was a perfect opportunity for some of the bench guys to play more minutes. Luckily for the Sixers, their role players stepped up big time, and it was Tyrese Maxey who led the way for his team. 

Maxey finished the game with 28 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. Shake Milton and Furkan Korkmaz contributed heavily from the bench combining for 38 points. After the game, Doc Rivers was extremely happy with everything he saw from his players, especially how they all stepped up as a group. He shared special compliments for Maxey who played great basketball on both ends of the floor.

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"He [Tyrese Maxey] was awesome. And again, he at when we were making the run. He was watching Shake [Milton] and Furk [Furkan Korkmaz] and Georges [Niang] and that group. When he came in, we explained to him very clearly what we were trying to do. And we got that, a lot. We got the right place on the floor. He attacked. The threes were great. More importantly, he made a defensive play to win the game. That was one hell of a block."

Despite being considered the best player on the Sixers last night, Maxey was modest in the press conference afterward saying several of his teammates should get the credit they deserve.

"Hearing it is different. It's different. But, I can't take any of this credit. I'm just looking at the stats right here and guys like Shake [Milton] and Furk [Furkan Korkmaz] and Paul Millsap. Paul Millsap starts tonight. I don't think he played in the last ten games. Furk hasn't played much. But for those guys to stay ready and come in and play 31, 27 minutes, it's just testimony to our group."

Sixers role players came out to play

On top of being the best scorer for the Sixers, Maxey had a big block at the end of the game that sealed the deal. He said Doc doesn't want him to block shots, but on that specific play, Maxey surprised Caleb Martin, who thought he had an easy basket. 

"We turned the ball over, first of all. It was hard to get in. It was a hard spot. In my mind, I was thinking, 'either he's [Caleb Martin] gonna have to dunk on me today or I will get this block.' It was one or the other. And just one of those plays where you have to put your body on the line. And coach Doc [Doc Rivers] always messes with me, saying I'm six-foot and I need to stop trying to block shots. I got in there today, and he said, 'that was a great block, but I don't want to see you ever block another shot again.' It was great, though."

The Sixers are playing the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night, and it should be an exciting game because the Lakers are looking for any win they can get before the regular season ends. We can also expect Embiid and Harden back in the starting lineups, and hopefully, they got the much-needed rest because the Sixers need as many wins as possible so they can have a favorable spot heading into the playoffs. The game against the Heat showcased the Sixers have solid role players that can make an impact when they get the opportunity like the one last night. 

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