76ers extend series lead to 3-0 with impressive 132-103 win over the Wizards
Can’t we just end the series now? The Philadelphia 76ers dominated the Washington Wizards tonight, winning 132-103 and taking a 3-0 series lead. Joel Embiid led the charge for the Sixers with a playoff career-high 36 points in just 28 minutes. Philadelphia’s three-point shooting was one of the main parts of their success, with the starting lineup shooting an incredibly 59% from beyond the arc.
All members of the Sixers starting five were in double digits and were firing on all cylinders from the opening tip-off. Despite hurting his ankle late in game two, Seth Curry acted as nothing happened and was able to score 15 points and make three shots from deep. The 76ers bench was alright, but they hardly needed them until garbage time with the starting lineup’s efforts.
For Washington, Bradley Beal could not keep Washington in this game with 25 points on 26 shots. Meanwhile, Russell Westbrook grabbed another triple-double and shockingly made three three-pointers. The Wizards adjusted their lineup to start three big men hoping to slow down Embiid, but it did not work in the slightest.
The Sixers will return to Washington to hopefully close out the series on Memorial Day at 7:00. There should be no reason this series should extend to five games, but if that’s the case, Wells Fargo Center will be at full capacity for the first time this season. Looking ahead, the Atlanta Hawks hold a 2-1 lead over the New York Knicks, determining who will play the 76ers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Mandatory Credit: Nick Wass AP