Published: Wed, April 25, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Ben Simmons leads Philadelphia 76ers to series win over Miami Heat

Ben Simmons leads Philadelphia 76ers to series win over Miami Heat

Over the first three games of the 76ers playoff series against the Miami Heat, Fultz received the nod as the first man off the bench to spell Ben Simmons, and needless to say, it did not go particularly well.

While the Heat might stand on the brink of elimination, it has been a heated series for the most part with a number of tense on-court tussles such as the recent sequence in Game 4 with five minutes left in the second quarter that left Justise Winslow with a cut over his eye and Josh Richardson with a sprained shoulder.

The Heat's future Hall of Fame inductee Dwyane Wade, possibly playing his last National Basketball Association game, had 11 points and five rebounds.

Even as the Philadelphia 76ers exceeded expectations this season, those who have indeed trusted the process still could not have imagined the team's quick ascension to the NBA's elite.

The 76ers are 10-point sportsbook favorites and the over-under for total points scored is 214.5.

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Recording a +12, -1, and -9 efficiencies in each of his first three appearances, the Sixers offense has notably stalled out whenever Fultz was inserted into the game, with the most egregious occurrence happening in Game 3, when the Heat launched into a 13-5 run over his four minutes in the game that swiftly the momentum in Miami's favor by cutting the lead to single digits.

Dwyane Wade is 36-years-old playing in what could be his final game in a Miami Heat uniform. You also have Tyler Johnson, James Johnson, Whiteside. "They play their system and play an nearly 24-second offense and of course we respect them". I don't want to skip anyone.

After the series took a chippy turn in Game 3, things remained feisty on Saturday.

Richardson's 11 total steals in these playoffs rank second only to John Wall (12) among any player in the playoffs, and he is second in deflections with 19 behind Wall's 24. The game is set for 8 p.m. EST on TNT.

"I thought we withstood the physicality of the Heat", Sixers coach Brett Brown said. We have a special team, a lot of great guys. I need the fans to get into it and push me.

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Rather, Game 5 felt inevitable because the Sixers got better looks all night long.

The Heat were the more physical team in the matchup as they netted 32 fouls.

"Everyone stepped up to the challenge", Covington said. They both overcame injuries to steer the team to the playoffs this season.

The interesting thing about the Heat is that the team isn't led by just one player making all the scoring and making all the plays.

For the Heat, winning this game is ultra-important, in order to keep the season alive and head back to Miami to try to force a Game 7.

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