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Seven players scored in double figures for the Heat on Tuesday night as Miami blasted the visiting Philadelphia 76ers 120-85 (31-19, 25-25, 25-22, 39-19) to grab a 3-2 lead in a best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Jimmy Butler scored a game-high 23 points for the Heat, but unlike losses in Games 3 and 4 when he was their only consistent source of offense, he had plenty of help.

Miami's Max Strus produced his first double-double of the postseason with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Gabe Vincent added 15 points, while Victor Oladipo came off the bench for 13. Bam Adebayo (12), Tyler Herro (10) and P.J. Tucker (10) also hit for double figures.

Player of the Game
Jimmy  Butler
EFF
28
Jimmy Butler
Points 23
Accuracy 9-15
Rebounds 9
Assists 6

Butler added nine rebounds and six assists while hitting 9 of 15 field-goal attempts. Strus was 7 of 13 from the floor, including 4 of 10 from 3-point range.

Joel Embiid scored 17 points to pace Philadelphia, while James Harden added 14, and Tobias Harris netted 12 points. However, the 76ers made just 36.5 percent of their field-goal attempts and were outrebounded 46-36.

The Heat hit 53.6 percent from the field, including 13 of 33 (39.4 percent) from beyond the arc. The 76ers wound up 9 of 32 (28.1 percent) from long distance, with Georges Niang missing all six of his 3-point attempts and finishing scoreless in 16 minutes.

Game 6 is Thursday night in Philadelphia, where the 76ers try to stave off elimination. The road team hasn't won yet in the series.

Miami set an immediate tone, rattling off 12 straight points for a 21-10 lead at the 5:16 mark of the first quarter. Strus drained consecutive 3-pointers to cap the run.

The Heat stretched the margin to 18 in the second quarter before settling for a 56-44 halftime lead. Butler had 14 first-half points to lead all scorers.

Miami pushed the advantage to 20 less than four minutes into the third quarter on Vincent's three-point play.

The cushion maxed out at 37 points late in the game.

Miami Heat: Jimmy Butler 23 (9 REB), Max Strus 19 (10 REB), Gabe Vincent 15, Victor Oladipo 13, Bam Adebayo 12, P.J. Tucker 10 (7 AST), Tyler Herro 10 

Philadelphia 76ers: Joel Embiid 17, James Harden 14, Tobias Harris 12

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Miami Heat
Philadelphia 76ers
54%
45/84
Field goals
36%
31/85
54
Rebounds
46
26
Assists
14
8
Steals
8
63%
32/51
2-pointers
42%
22/53
4
Blocks
2

Best players

Jimmy  Butler
23 PTS
9/15 FG
3/4 FT
Joel  Embiid
17 PTS
7/12 FG
3/3 FT
Max  Strus
10 REB
9 DREB
1 OREB
Paul  Reed
8 REB
2 DREB
6 OREB
P.J.  Tucker
7 As
0 TO
31 MIN
James  Harden
4 As
4 TO
37 MIN
Jimmy  Butler
28 EFF
64% 2P%
50% 3P%
Joel  Embiid
17 EFF
64% 2P%
0% 3P%