Heat vs. 76ers live results, updates, highlights from 2024 NBA Play-In Tournament game

It was the Nic Batum game.

Philadelphia punched its ticket to the playoffs behind the heroics of an unlikely role player in Batum. The 76ers overcame a 14-point deficit to win 105-104 and earn the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Batum scored 20 points, including six 3-pointers, and played lockdown defense on a hobbled Jimmy Butler and Tyler Herro to help Philadelphia secure their postseason spot.

The 76ers looked doomed in the first half as nobody could score. Philadelphia combined to shoot just 2-of-15 from deep, but the tides changed in the second half. Batum popped off and Joel Embiid began to find his rhythm.

Embiid finished with 23 points and 15 rebounds on 6-of-17 shooting. Tyrese Maxey had 19 points on 6-of-16 from the field.

Miami’s zone defense stifled the 76ers, but as Philadelphia began to score, the Heat offense couldn’t quite keep up. Part of that was a result of the knee injury Butler sustained late in the first quarter.

He held his knee throughout the game and became more of a decoy late in the fourth, allowing Herro to lead the offense.

The 76ers escape the Play-In Tournament and are locked in as the No. 7 seed in the NBA Playoffs. They will play the No. 2 New York Knicks in the first round.

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Heat vs. 76ers score

  1 2 3 4 F
Heat 23 28 23 30 104
76ers 22 17 30 36 105

MORE: NBA 2024 Play-In Tournament predictions

Heat vs. 76ers live results, highlights from 2024 NBA Play-In Tournament

(All times Eastern)

Final: 76ers 105, Heat 104

9:44 p.m.: Oh no, Batum commits an away-from-the-play foul on Herro. Four point game now. Herro nails a 3-point shot right after, but the game clock ends.

9:41 p.m.: 76ers have hit all their free throws late which allowed them to maintain their lead between 3-5 points. Heat call timeout down 105-100 with 8.2 seconds left.

9:36 p.m.: WOW, Batum blocks Herro’s 3-pointer. Maxey goes to the free throw line immediately after and drains both free throws.

9:33 p.m.: Embiid finds Oubre in the paint who converts the and-1 to give Philadelphia the 99-96 lead with 36 seconds left.

9:31 p.m.: And-1 for the reigning MVP! He converts the three-point play with under two minutes to play. 76ers lead by two.

9:30 p.m.: Herro immediately answers with a 3 of his own to retake the lead 94-93.

9:30 p.m.: An Embiid 3-pointer from the top of the arc put the 76ers back up 93-91.

9:29 p.m.: Just 2:39 remain in the fourth quarter as the Heat lead 91-90. Philadelphia has the ball.

9:22 p.m.: Heat retake the lead with just over five to play. 

9:16 p.m: Butler picks up his fifth steal of the game but grabs his knee as he gets back on defense.

9:15 p.m.: Batum again! That’s his sixth 3-pointer to give him 18 points in 20 minutes off the bench.

9:13 p.m.: 76ers lead! Nic Batum hits his fifth 3-pointer of the evening to give the 76ers the 79-76 lead.

9:08 p.m.: Tie game! Embiid nails a 3 to tie the game at 74-74 with 11 minutes to play.

Third quarter: Heat 74, 76ers 69

9:03 p.m.: The Heat can’t get rid of the 76ers no matter how many times they answer. The Heat lead 74-69 entering the fourth quarter.

8:58 p.m.: Maxey gets quite a ridiculous layup to fall as Philadelphia’s offense continues it’s hot streak.

8:54 p.m.: Buddy Hield from 3! That’s a 9-0 run for the 76ers as they come within three points, 59-56.

8:50 p.m.: Free chicken got the 76ers back in the game. After Martin’s missed free throws, the 76ers scored five straight to cut the lead down to 59-53 with 6:14 left in the third.

8:49 p.m.: Philadelphia fans have booed the team for its poor performance, but Martin’s two missed free throws ignited the crowd as they won free chicken.

8:47 p.m.: The Heat are keeping a solid lead over the 76ers through five minutes of the third quarter. Miami leads 59-48 behind Butler’s 13 points. Eight of the nine Heat players that have logged minutes have scored at least five points. The ninth player has three points.

Halftime: Heat 51, 76ers 39

8:16 p.m.: Caleb Martin’s 3-pointer continues a 9-0 run for the Heat as they take a 51-37 lead.

8:10 p.m.: Philadelphia’s offense isn’t flowing and feels stagnant thanks to that Miami zone. Typically, a team can beat the zone with outside shooting, but the 76ers are shooting just 2-of-15 on 3-pointers.

8:04 p.m.: Offensive struggles continue for the 76ers in the second quarter. They’re shooting just 31.4% from the floor and has 11 turnovers. Heat lead 37-30 with 5:38 left in the half. Butler is up to four steals and seems to be fine after his scary fall.

7:59 p.m.: Love drains a 3-pointer from a few feet behind the line to give the Heat a 33-26 lead with 8:06 left in the half. The seven-point lead is Miami’s largest lead of the night.

7:53 p.m.: Butler is still in the game at the start of the second quarter. He draws Embiid’s second foul with 11:34 remaining.

First quarter: Heat 23, 76ers 22

7:48 p.m.: Butler remained in the game to shoot his free throws, making 1-of-2. He limped off the court at the end of the quarter. His status for the rest of the game it to be determined.

7:45 p.m.: Butler is in a lot of pain, grabbing at his knee after taking contact on a layup. Replay showed Oubre bumped into Butler’s leg and landed on his foot.

7:44 p.m.: Jaime Jacquez knocks down a 3-pointer to tie the game at 20-20 with under a minute remaining in the first quarter.

7:43 p.m.: The Heat are playing a zone defense, which has forced the 76ers into multiple turnovers and missed shots.

7:34 p.m.: Butler has picked up two steals in the past two minutes, earning a dunk at the end of both fast breaks.

7:30 p.m.: The 76ers lead 12-6 halfway through the first quarter.

7:28 p.m.: Adebayo picked up his second foul with just 6:55 remaining in the first quarter. Kevin Love will sub in.

7:25 p.m.: Slow offense start for both teams as they’ve combined to shoot 3-of-14 from the field.

7:19 p.m.: Tobias Harris kicks off the scoring with a mid-range jumper.

7:03 p.m.: Something to keep an eye on through the game is how Embiid’s knee holds up. He’s still not 100%, but he will suit up with the 76ers’ playoff hopes on the line.

6:55 p.m.: Both team’s starting five:

Philadelphia 76ers:

  • Tyrese Maxey
  • Kyle Lowry
  • Kelly Oubre
  • Tobias Harris
  • Joel Embiid

Miami Heat:

  • Tyler Herro
  • Caleb Martin
  • Jimmy Butler
  • Nikola Jovic
  • Bam Adebayo

6:11 p.m.: About an hour until tip off in Philadelphia. Winner of this play-in game will earn the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference and play the No. 2 New York Knicks in the first round. The loser will play the winner of No. 9 Bulls/No. 10 Hawks on Friday, April 19.

5:52 p.m.: Duncan Robinson is cleared to play for the Miami Heat. He missed the past four games due to a spine (facet) injury. Terry Rozier remains out with a neck injury.

Heat vs. 76ers starting time

  • Date: Wednesday, April 17
  • Time: 7 p.m. ET
  • Live stream: Sling

The 76ers will host the Heat at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 17. The game can also be streamed on Sling.

Viewers can live stream every 2024 NBA Play-In Tournament game with Sling.

NBA 2024 Play-In Tournament schedule

Game Date Time (ET) TV channel
No. 8 Heat at No. 7 76ers April 17 7 p.m. ESPN
No. 10 Hawks at No. 9 Bulls April 17 9:30 p.m. ESPN
No. 9 Kings at No. 8 Pelicans April 19 9:30 p.m. TNT
TBD at No. 8 Heat April 19 7 p.m. ESPN

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