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NBA - US Sports: Harden and Sixers growing in confidence

James Harden says Philadelphia 76ers are "finally settling into the series" against Miami after claiming a 116-108 win over the Heat on Sunday to tie the series at 2-2.

(This article was originally published on 09.05.2022) 

Philadelphia are 13/10 to win the series, while Miami can be backed at 4/6.

The Sixers had to cope without star man Joel Embiid due to injury in the first two games and Miami seized the advantage as they opened up a 2-0 advantage, outscoring Philadelphia by 30 points in total over the course of those two games.

Embiid return proving crucial

However, Embiid returned for the first meeting in Philadelphia and the Sixers hit back with a 99-79 win to reduce the deficit.

Harden put in arguably his best performance of the postseason on Sunday with 31 points, seven rebounds and nine assists as Philly levelled the series at 2-2, while Embiid recorded a double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds.

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Harden says his team are growing in confidence and he is confident they can go to Miami and take a series lead for the first time when the two teams meet for Game 5 on Tuesday.

"We're getting more confident as the series goes on," said Harden, via ESPN. "Those first two games were a blur. But obviously, having Joel and having our full team, we kind of know what to expect."

Sixers settling in to their task

"We know where to execute on both ends of the ball. It just makes the job a lot easier. We're still a fairly new team. We're damn near two months. So when we finally catch a rhythm and finally find something that works, Joel goes off for a couple games.

"So we're finally settling into the series and we've had some great things that have worked and that we can capitalize on in Game 5."

Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks were also in action on Sunday night as the Mavs claimed a 111-101 win to tie their series at 2-2.

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