At the hub of all of that success Ben Simmons, who scored 17 points, had 14 assists and 9 rebounds in the Sixers' first playoff win since May 23, 2012, when they beat the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
With a commanding 56-42 advantage at half-time, the heat closed out the encounter with professionalism and ruthlessness in the second period.
They battled back in the 4th quarter, but it wasn't enough.
Game three is on Thursday in Miami. Suddenly, the Heat's lead was 104-96.Читайте также: Kevin De Bruyne has been good, but look at Raheem Sterling's improvement
The Heat have solid 3-point shooters in Josh Richardson, Tyler Johnson, Wayne Ellington, and Kelly Olynyk. With a roster full of capable defenders (Covington, Simmons, Saric, Marco Belinelli, J.J.to an extent, etc) who have the uncanny ability to constantly switch onto different opposing players, they must continue to give little airspace to shooters and force them off the 3-point line.
"I hate this feeling but maybe it's a good reminder for everybody for next game to lock in", Simmons said. Goran Dragic and James Johnson are capable shooters as well.
76ers: Philly native and Hollywood star Kevin Hart rang the ceremonial Liberty Bell and sat courtside a few seats down from Allen Iverson.
Embiid wore his black mask and put on a 3-point shootout in pregame that had fans going wild with each shot. "But I do know the spirit in which he delivers that (social media post) reflects my conversations with him, that it's completely driven out of team, competitiveness, 'I want to play basketball, ' that type of flavor more than anything". "He, to me, is the difference maker". How limited, and what happens if Spoelstra makes it really limited bears watching - not just for this series, but also as a prelude to a potential move away from Whiteside this summer (if Miami can find a taker for him).
Now, the goal for the Heat has to be to limit Whiteside's minutes until Joel Embiid comes back in this series - because that is when Whiteside can have an impact. He was 81. He's the 76ers' career leader in points, field goals, field goals attempted, games and minutes played. "He was class. He was a gentleman", Brown said.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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