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Simmons superb in 76ers National Basketball Association playoff win

15 April 2018, 10:29 | Charlene Valdez

Did Joel Embiid predict the Sixers path to the NBA Finals on Instagram

Did Joel Embiid predict the Sixers path to the NBA Finals on Instagram

Embiid averaged 22.9 points, 11 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.8 blocks in 63 appearances this season.

The Spurs' starting five only contributed a combined 33 points, with veteran Rudy Gay coming off the bench to net a team high 15 points.

All-Star center Joel Embiid said Saturday he feels there's a "pretty good chance" he'll be cleared to return from an orbital bone fracture in either Game 2 or 3 against the Miami Heat, according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

Sitting Whiteside didn't do anything to slow the Sixers. He was 4 of 14 from the field and finished with 15 points, four assists and four turnovers in 31 minutes.


Fellow guard JJ Reddick led the scoring with 28 points, bench forward Marco Bellinelli scored 25 and forward Dario Saric added 20 as the 76ers delivered a statement performance for their raucous home crowd who chanted "Trust the process" in reference to the long years spent building a competitive team.

Losing the opening round of a playoff series isn't a death sentence for the Miami.

After grinding through a chippy, at times plodding, first half played primarily in the half court, the Sixers recaptured the form they routinely showed throughout their historic regular-season ending winning streak. Olynyk and James Johnson, who closed with 13 points, three rebounds and four assists, were leading the charge. Then Philly rebounded and stayed neck and neck with Miami until the Heat took a 60-56 lead into halftime.

The Heat shot 26 percent in the third and were outscored 34-18. Wearing a mask similar to the one worn in Phantom of the Opera, Embiid rang a miniature version of the Liberty Bell before the Sixers players were introduced and the fireworks began.



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