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Philadelphia 76ers 'getting more confident as the series goes on,' as James Harden stars in Game 4

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(2:21)PHILADELPHIA -- James Harden picked a perfect time to have his best game with the Philadelphia 76ers.After declaring this series would return to Miami tied after the 76ers lost both games there to begin this best-of-7 affair, Harden poured in 31 points -- including 16 in the fourth quarter -- and hit 6 3-pointers -- his most since arriving here three months ago -- to lead the 76ers to a 116-108 victory over the Heat.As a result, this series is, in fact, tied 2-2 heading back to Miami for Game 5 Tuesday night."We're getting more confident as the series goes on," said Harden, who finished the game with 31 points, seven rebounds, nine assists and six turnovers in 41 minutes. After going 14-for-64 from 3-point range in Miami, Philadelphia went 16-for-33 from behind the arc in both Games 3 and 4 -- a 54-point swing -- to flip this series around.And it was Harden who delivered a few daggers down the stretch, hitting four triples in the fourth quarter alone to help Philadelphia hold off Miami, which nearly pulled off a win despite its own awful shooting performance (7-for-35 from 3) behind Jimmy Butler's spectacular 40-point performance."I just took what the defense gave me," Harden said. His 18 shot attempts overall and 10 3-point attempts were both the second-most he's had as a 76ers, and the most he's had in these playoffs, while his 10 free throw attempts were also the most he's had in these playoffs.Paired with another strong game from Joel Embiid (24 points, 11 rebounds, two assists) in his second game back from the facial fracture and concussion that cost him the first two games of this series and 18 points from Tyrese Maxey, it was enough to get Philadelphia back level with Miami as the series shifts back to South Beach."We need him to be aggressive," 76ers forward Tobias Harris said.

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