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Without Embiid, 76ers roll past Wizards and into the 2nd round


Ben Simmons challenged Seth Curry during an afternoon Call of Duty session to score 30 points and send the 76ers to the next round of the playoffs. With Joel Embiid injured, Simmons told Curry that he would do his part and get a triple-double.

Maybe there is something to this hobby before the game.

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“Seth clearly listens to Ben, so we will use Ben as a translator for Seth from now on,” said Sixers trainer Doc Rivers.

Start the console for another round.

Curry hit a playoff career high of 30 points and Philadelphia defeated Washington 129-112 on Wednesday night to end the Eastern Conference series in five games and overcome Embiid’s absence with a knee injury.

Atlanta expected after beating New York in Game 5 later on Wednesday. Game 1 is Sunday in Philadelphia.

Sixers fans couldn’t wait and shouted “We want Brooklyn!” when the seconds were ticked off in Game 5.

Embiid gets a few extra days off.

With an NBA title still in sight, the 76ers need their injured franchise center – healthy and ready – in the second round against Atlanta.

“Jo has been great for us all year. It’s only right that we give him all the time he needs to get right and come back and help us win everything,” said Curry.

Tobias Harris added 28 points and teamed up with Curry and Simmons to take the offensive burden with Embiid. Simmons had 19 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds to keep the top-seeded 76ers on the hunt for their first championship since 1983.

Embiid has a small lateral meniscus tear in his right knee daily and became Philadelphia’s greatest cheerleader as the Sixers left the misery of the first round of last season behind them.

Embiid gave a sneak peek that the injury he sustained in a Game 4 loss might not keep him out for very long. The NBA MVP candidate got the crowd going as he went onto the pitch to warm up before the game. He shot jumpers around the perimeter, fadeaways, even some free throws – all with no noticeable knee support under his white leggings – and put on a show that proved his absence might not last beyond Game 5.

Rivers said in his first season he expected Embiid to return in the postseason.

“I don’t know when or how early,” he said. “I’m hopeful. I think that’s a better way of putting it.”

Again led by Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal, the Wizards hoped they could take advantage of Embiid’s absence and force a return home for Game 6.

“Nobody expected us to bring her by five,” said Beal. “I firmly believe in my heart that we could have got it to seven.”

With the first seat at the Wells Fargo Center this season – there were 15,523 in the house – the Sixers rocked a slow start and rocked the place late in the first half as Simmons Harris for a 3 and their first lead of. hit the night. Ben Simmons – steadfastly defended by Rivers after a string of missed free throws in Game 4 – was stuck on the line when the Wizards tried again to hack him.

He’s also done what he does best, creating plays and making his attacks look silky smooth to the brim. He even made 5 out of 8 out of the free throw line.

Simmons, who missed 15 of 20 free throws in the first four games, pulled Westbrooks third foul third. Westbrook complained to the umpires all night and had four fouls through three quarters. Beal scored 32 points and Westbrook 24.

The Sixers needed every goal they could think of and loved super sub Tyrese Maxey. Maxey scored nine points in the first half at a time when the Sixers needed some juice to keep up with the Wizards. Maxey, a rookie from Kentucky, hit the edge in traffic with Pizzaz and fans broke out with every basket. He’s an instant fan favorite and played the majority of the starter minutes in the first half.

Beal and Westbrook, who played their first game in Philly since a fan showered them with popcorn in Game 2, could call the season a win after just getting the Wizards into the playoffs after a 17-32 record in early April .

“I just wanted to come to a place and change the culture. Bring my energy, my leadership, and make the guys here better,” said Westbrook. “I feel like I could do it.”

Selflessly and on a mission, the Sixers expect so much more.

Sixers fans broke out “Trust the Process!” Chants in the final minutes and the arduous rebuilding plan that brought Embiid and Simmons to the franchise will surely take both of them to finish the job.

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Scott Brooks could have trained over $ 35 million in his last game in Washington with his five-year contract expired. Brooks said he wanted to stay in Washington.

“Personally, I don’t see why Scott should go anywhere,” Westbrook said.

TIP-INS

Magician: Since David Bertans with a tense right calf is out of the rest of the series, Raul Neto has made the start. … Since the Seattle SuperSonics in 1987, no NBA team has won a playoff series with a record loss. The Wizards made 31 straight postseason defeats for teams with lost records.

76ers: Meek Mill received a wild ovation as he rang the ceremonial bell. … Curry’s previous post-season high in a game was 22 on August 21, 2020 against the Clippers. … Outperformed Washington’s bank at 40-19.

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