Joel Embiid rings bell while wearing mask before 76ers playoff game
Apr 15 2018 by Marjorie Miles
The Heat covered in one, and dropped the other. That's exactly the opposite of what the slow-mo Heat want on the road.
The 130 points allowed were the most given up by the Heat in a playoff game. Games in the National Basketball Association playoffs are more physical, more intense and more meaningful than contests throughout the regular season, and Philadelphia is aiming to show it belongs on this stage against Miami.
And by one metric the Sixers have the highest demand for home playoff tickets of any team in the playoffs. J.J. Redick is their only starter shorter than 6-9 and size matters on that end of the floor. But since then, he's dominated, looking like the best player on the court because, well, he is.
Embiid was a spectator in Game 1 of the first-round series because of a broken orbital bone around his left eye. On his way to the bench, Whiteside expressed his frustration to coach Erik Spoelstra, using a few choice words before sitting down.
Losing the opening round of a playoff series isn't a death sentence for the Miami.
Sunday, making their first post-season appearance in six years, the 76ers showed they could be a quick study. Kelly Olynyk poured in 14 points while James Johnson added 13 points and four assists.
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"We had one turnover in the entire second half and I give Ben Simmons a tremendous amount of credit, " Brown told reporters.
Philadelphia took command in the third quarter, in which the Sixers outscored Miami 34-18.
Decked out in his protective mask, Embiid was in attendance for Game 1 Saturday to ring the ceremonial bell prior to tip-off.
The 18-for-28 from 3-point range that the Sixers shot in the 130-103 victory is not sustainable.
Miami held Philadelphia to 38.9 percent shooting in the first half.