76ers complete gentlemen’s sweep against the Wizards 129-112
And that’s a wrap on that. In front of a packed Wells Fargo Center, the 76ers dominated the Washington Wizards 129-112 and advance to the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals to face the Atlanta Hawks. Everybody came to play last night, led by Ben Simmons’s triple-double and incredible scoring efforts from Tobias Harris and Seth Curry.
There was a lot of anxiety going into last night’s game off the heels of the news that Joel Embiid suffered a minor tear in his meniscus. Despite that, the city of Philadelphia brought some much-needed energy for the Sixers, who looked like a well-oiled machine. Embiid was around shooting in warmups and is listed currently as day-to-day.
Seth Curry had a season-high 30 points making a team-high three three-pointers. Alongside Seth, Tobias Harris rebounded from his horrible performance during game four, scoring 28 points with nine rebounds and three steals. The big question going into tonight though was, how Ben Simmons would perform from the free-throw line?
Ben knew it was a priority, showing up several hours early to shoot free throws. When the 76ers needed him most, Simmons recorded 19 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists alongside shooting 5/8 from the line.
Matisse Thybulle got the nod to start, but Tyrese Maxey saw more minutes in an electric showing in which he scored 13 points in 26 minutes. Maxey drove to the rim, consistently fighting through hard contact but flourished in the role. Dwight Howard had 12 points, with a majority coming from the free-throw line.
The 76ers will now get three days off before hosting the Atlanta Hawks for game one on Sunday. On the opposite end of the East, the Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets fight for a bid in the Eastern Conference Finals. Hopefully, Joel Embiid recovers well during these several days off and is ready to return early in the 76ers’ upcoming series.
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