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Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Attendance: 20,753
Heat try to slow hot Sixers in Game 2
Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers
- The 76ers beat the Heat on Saturday, 130-103, to get their first win in the opening game of a postseason series since 2009 when they beat the Magic in Game 1 of the first round. Philadelphia has lost its last two series when taking a 1-0 lead, as lost, 4-2, in the first round to both the Magic in 2009 and the Pistons in 2008.
- The 130 points are Philadelphia's most in a postseason game since scoring 134 against the Bullets in Game 5 of the first round in 1986, and its 27-point victory is its largest in a postseason game since beating the Raptors by 33 points in Game 5 of the 2001 Eastern Conference Semifinals, 121-88.
- The 130 points are the most the Heat have allowed in their postseason history, 10 more than the next-closest game (at Chicago in Game 2 of the 1992 First Round). Dating back to the 2011 Playoffs, Miami has won Game 2 on all six occasions in which it lost the opening game of a series.
- Ben Simmons scored 17 points and dished out 14 assists in Game 1, becoming the fourth rookie since the 1984-85 season to post a double-double in points and assists in his first career postseason game, joining Derrick Rose, Anfernee Hardaway and Michael Jordan.
- With 28 and 25 points, respectively, JJ Redick and Marco Belinelli became the first pair of 76ers to each score 25+ points in a playoff game since Allen Iverson and Chris Webber did so in Game 1 of Philadelphia's 2005 First Round matchup with the Pistons.
- Kelly Olynyk led the way for Miami with 26 points in a reserve role, setting a franchise record for the most points scored off the bench in a postseason game.
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Entering the playoffs, there was some question if the Philadelphia 76ers could keep up their torrid pace.
After the most lopsided Game 1 victory so far, consider the question answered. Emphatically.
The 76ers head into Tuesday's Game 2 8 p.m. showdown with the Miami Heat riding a 17-game winning streak -- including Saturday's 130-103 win at Wells Fargo Center -- and with the knowledge that Joel Embiid's return may come sooner than later.
For their first playoff trip in more than a half-decade, things aren't starting off so bad for Philadelphia.
"Now I think we are 26-1 at home since Christmas, we've won a lot of games in a row, it sort of all adds up," head coach Brett Brown said. "We've talked a lot about how do we come out of halftime. Lots of times in the normal regular season it's not uncommon for both teams to need to have the dust shaken off of them to respond and start playing competitive basketball again."
Philadelphia seemed well-oiled -- and well-prepared -- against the Heat in Game 1, even after trailing by four at the half. The 76ers blitzed Miami with a 34-18 third quarter and then slammed the door shut with a 40-25 fourth quarter, hitting the 130-point mark for the third time in five games.
"They just played unbelievably," Miami guard Goran Dragic said. "They were hitting some shots, they didn't run away from the game. They were physical the whole game. They have some good shooters. We just fell apart at the end of third, beginning of the fourth quarter. We didn't play defense well. Most of the shots, that's the shots, they were making. We can do nothing about that. We need to go and see film, try to get better and get back to work Monday."
If Embiid returns sooner than later, the Heat could be in big trouble.
Embiid cleared concussion protocol on Sunday, Brown said, though the team does not have a specific date for return. Embiid, who missed the final eight games of the regular season after colliding with teammate Markelle Fultz and suffering an orbital bone fracture and a concussion, told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne that he feels ready to contribute.
"If it was my decision, I would play, but I can't get back out on the court if I don't have the OK from them," said Embiid, who averaged 22.9 points, 11.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 63 games in the regular season. "But everything has been going well. I've been able to do everything. And I feel great. So we got a pretty good chance for Game 2 or Game 3. We gonna see how it feels in the next couple of days."
Should Embiid return, the 76ers will add to their decisive front-court advantage over the Heat. Miami's best offensive post player may be reserve forward Kelly Olynyk, who had 26 points and seven rebounds in 31 minutes off the bench in Game 1.
Center Hassan Whiteside had just two points and six rebounds in 12 minutes in the first game.
"It's not about him," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after the game. "This series and this game are going to move quickly. There are a lot of substitutions both ways and there is not a lot of time based on the flow and the matchups. It's not necessarily an indictment to his first four minutes but we all have to collectively be better on Monday."
Updated April 16, 2018