Philadelphia 76ers: 3 takeaways from Game 3 vs. Heat

Justise Winslow Joel Embiid

In the third quarter, it was more of the same as Philadelphia took the lead back.

Joel Embiid made a successful return to the Philadelphia 76ers after missing 10 games following surgery to fix a fractured orbital bone. To a man, they offered the same word: "scary".

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The Sixers now own a 2-1 series lead entering Game 4 in Miami on Saturday night, and it appears the Heat will have to deal with a very motivated Embiid.

"[The mask] was annoying", Embiid told reporters after the game.

EMBIID: Justin was kind of hyping me up on the bench, he was talking about [how] I'm one of the best players in the league and that I gotta take over, and that I gotta bring back the win. "I had to work through it and I did".

He banked in a turnaround straightaway jumper - a fortuitous bounce - to put Philadelphia up nine late, then connected on a 3-pointer and added a pair of throws to start the spurt that put the game away for Philadelphia.

Kevin Durant had 26 points, nine rebounds and six assists and was a flawless seven for seven from the free-throw line.

During the first half of the game, part of Embiid's mask fell off with Heat forward Justise Winslow allegedly stepping on it with intent and breaking the visor portion of the mask. He did all this with a protective mask that he was forced to wear after suffering a fracture to his left orbital bone several weeks ago.

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LeBron James decided that he needed it take it upon himself to win game 2 , and get the Cavaliers even in the series. Korver had 12 on four 3-pointers. "If he's going to make those contested shots, it's going to be a long series".

After going through warmups, all parties involved felt comfortable enough to proceed, and Embiid was slotted into the starting lineup for his first National Basketball Association action since March 28. He also shot 3-4 from deep.

Kevin Durant had 26 points, nine rebounds and six assists and was a ideal 7 for 7 from the free-throw line.

That's when punters at home started taking notice of the man's scary new look.

But there was controversy in the second quarter of the game after his mask fell off and onto the court.

Watch the incident in the video at the top of the page.

Embiid wasn't the only one banging bodies on Thursday. In total, the Sixers and Heat combined for 56 personal fouls and three double-technicals, keeping the officiating crew plenty busy all night.

In San Antonio, NBA champions the Golden State Warriors had two injury scares after already playing without star guard Stephen Curry.

The All-Star center lead his team in scoring and finished with 23 points, seven rebounds, and four assists.

Goran Dragic scored 23 points for Miami, which got 19 from Winslow.

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