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76ers beat Nets, but will face Heat in the play-in tournament
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Philadelphia had to play without Embiid, but Tyrese Maxey took the lead with 26 points

Tyrese Maxey led the charge for the Philadelphia 76ers in a crucial game against the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday, scoring 26 points. Despite playing without Joel Embiid, the Sixers secured a convincing 107-86 victory with playoff seeding implications at stake.

With their eighth consecutive win, the Sixers narrowly missed out on claiming the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference. As a result, they are now set to face the Miami Heat in the play-in tournament on Wednesday, to be hosted in Philadelphia.

Despite the absence of Embiid, the Sixers are optimistic about his return for the postseason. The two-time NBA scoring champion has been a key figure for Philadelphia, although he was rested as a precautionary measure in this crucial game due to a minor knee issue sustained in Friday’s game.

Despite the setback, Embiid had an impressive season, averaging 34.7 points and 11 rebounds in just 39 games. Remarkably, he managed to score more points than minutes played, recording 1,353 points in 1,309 minutes—a testament to his scoring prowess and efficiency.