PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania — Rookie of the Year frontrunner, Ben Simmons, collected 17 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds in his playoff debut – as the Sixers cruised to a 130-103 victory on Saturday night for their 17th straight win.
The 76ers knocked down a team playoff-record, going 18-of-28 from long range.
Former Duke Blue Devil sharp shooter J.J. Redick, scored 28 points while shooting 4-6 from three-point range in the win over Miami. He scored 23 points in the second half. Marcho Belinelli tied a career playoff-high with 25 points, while added Dario Saric 20 pts and Ersan Ilyasova 17.
The Sixers capitalized on a 34-18 third quarter which they held the Heat to just 26 percent. Philly will host Game 2 on Monday.
“We’ve talked a lot about how do we come out of a halftime,” said Brett Brown. “Lots of times in the 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.”
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The win marked the Sixers’ first in the Playoffs since March 23rd, 2012, when they defeated the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The club’s 130 points represented its highest total in a post-season game since 1986, and its 12th-highest of all-time.
Kelly Olynyk led the Miami Heat with 26 points.
THIRD QUARTER EXPLOSION
The 76ers went on a 15-0 run to earn a 71-63 lead in the third. During the period, Philly recorded 13-of-25 field goal attempts, and 5 of 8 3-pointers. Meanwhile, on the defensive end, the 76ers limited Miami to just 5-for-19 shooting.
Ersan Ilyasova scored 10 of the Sixers’ 34 points in the third.
Written by Andrew Mitchell for Woodlawn Post Sports
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