76ers Advance to Second Round for first time since 2012

The Philadelphia 76ers had the opportunity to deliver the knockout punch in Game 5 at home against the Miami Heat. Philadelphia was in command for most of the game as they defeated Miami 104-91. The 76ers won this series 4-1 and this is the first time since 2012 Philadelphia has won a playoff series.

They were the eighth seed that season and they beat the number one seed Chicago Bulls without Derrick Rose, who tore his ACL earlier in that series. From Monday Night’s contest however, Joel Embiid recorded a double-double for the 76ers with 19 points and 12 rebounds. He also had one block and two steals on the defensive end.

J.J. Reddick led Philadelphia in scoring with 27 points. Ben Simmons scored 14 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and recorded six assists. He also was a factor on the defensive end with one block and two steals.

Marco Belinelli scored 11 points off the bench and Ersan Ilyasova grabbed 10 rebounds off the bench for the 76ers.

Tyler Johnson scored 16 points for the Miami Heat and Goran Dragic scored 15 points and recorded five assists. Kelly Olynyk scored 18 points, grabbed six rebounds, and recorded five assists off the bench for the Heat. Justise Winslow scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

Dwyane Wade scored 11 points, grabbed five rebounds, and recorded five assists off the bench for Miami. This could have been Wade’s final game in the NBA, but he will decide on his future at a later date. The Miami Heat’s season concludes and the Philadelphia 76ers will either have home court for the first two games in the second-round against the Milwaukee Bucks or  be on the road for the first two games against the Boston Celtics.


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