76ers, Mavericks win Game 3s to cut series deficits to 2-1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid inspired Philadelphia with his return from a facial injury, Danny Green and Tyrese Maxey each scored 21 points and the 76ers beat the Miami Heat 99-79 on Friday night in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Wearing a black mask, Embiid had 18 points and 11 rebounds after missing the first two games of the series as the 76ers fell behind 2-0 in the series. Embiid sustained a right orbital fracture and a mild concussion in the final game of the first round against Toronto.
Jimmy Butler scored 33 points for the Miami.
Game 4 is Sunday in Philadelphia.
MAVERICKS 103, SUNS 94
DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic had 26 points and 13 rebounds and Dallas turned up the defensive pressure to get cut Phoenix’s series lead to 2-1.
The Mavericks spoiled Chris Paul’s 37th birthday, forcing the 17-year pro into his most turnovers in any half of a playoff game with seven before the break.
Jalen Brunson led Dallas with 28 points. Jae Crowder had 19 for Phoenix.
Dallas ended an 11-game losing streak against Phoenix, regular season included. Phoenix shot 45%, ending a run of at least 50% shooting in the playoffs at eight games.
Game 4 is Sunday in Dallas.