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The Philadelphia Sixers defeated the Miami Heat on Tuesday night 104-91 closing out the series 4-1. The Sixers haven’t won a playoff series since 2012. They came into tonight’s game with the closeout mindset and they did just that. All-Star center Joel Embiid was asked about the Sixers chances in the postseason this year and he responded "I think our time is now," the All Star center said on Monday. ".... We have a special team, a lot of great guys. I don't think we need anybody else. We've just got to work with what we have. We have a special team, and I feel like we have a pretty good chance to go far." That mentality has to be shown on the court when you have a chance to close teams out in your building championship teams typically do just that, and that’s exactly what the Sixers did.
Wells Fargo arena was jumping all night and had a reason to as their Sixers never led up led by their two up and coming superstars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. They each had a double-double and were the two best players on the floor despite Embiid only playing in games 3, 4, and 5. Embiid had 19 points and 12 rebounds. Simmons had 14 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assist. Those two controlled the series and it showed and they’ll need it next round against whoever they’ll play either Boston or Milwaukee. JJ Redick who has averaged 18 points in this series led the Sixers with 27 points was 5-10 from three and 10-10 from the free throw line.
They were a plus 16 from the free throw line and a plus 13 in the rebounding department. They were a minus nine from three and still found a way to close this series out. That just shows they are able to win games without shooting the ball well.
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The Heat played hard all series and managed to steal home court from the Sixers in Game 2 before three straight losses. They were led by Kelly Olynyk who scored 18 points and had 8 rebounds and 6 assist off the bench. Tyler Johnson chipped in with 16 points in just 19 minutes before fouling out. All-Star Goran Dragic contributed with 15 points on 6-16 shooting.
Heat guard Dwayne Wade who possibly may be playing in last professional game had 11 points on 4-15 shooting and grabbed 5 rebounds and 5 assist. The future Hall of Famer and three time champion probably didn’t go out the way he wanted to but he will go down as one of the best shooting guards to ever play the game.
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