In this photo taken with a fisheye lens, Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid, of Cameroon, dunks the ball during the first half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Miami Heat, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Philadelphia.
With the Philadelphia 76ers eliminating the Miami Heat in five games, the young duo of Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid have passed thier first test, anchoring their sqaud to a taste of post-season success.
"I think our time is now", Embiid said before Tuesday's game. With the potentially decisive game being played at home-and with newly freed rapper Meek Mill in attendance - the timing couldn't have been better. Mill sat courtside next to actor and noted Sixers fan Kevin Hart and Sixers co-owner Michael Rubin.
They'll have plenty of time to rest and recover - Embiid again played in a black mask to guard a face injury - with the other Eastern Conference playoff series expected to stretch into the weekend.
The Heat grabbed shirts, employed a no-layups policy, hit the Sixers late and hacked them away from the basket. For that to come up as the difference between a tied series and going on the road down 3-1 certainly can't be easy for HEAT, but that's the reality of the situation.
Forward James Johnson, who signed a four-year, $60 million deal last summer and played well in the series until Tuesday, finished with four points (2 of 5 shooting), five rebounds and five assists in 32 minutes and also was called for a technical in the fourth quarter. Dragic led Miami with 10 first-half points. Totals 34-81 29-36 104.
But the Sixers surged into a 66-54 lead after Robert Covington's three-pointer with 6:11 remaining in the third period.
Durant didn't have his usual efficient shooting night, going 8 for 19 and missing his initial six 3-point tries.
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There were 15 shots in total in the second half in this game (10 for Newcastle, five for West Brom ), but none were on target. Phillips' goal was his first in 22 games in all competitions for West Brom , since netting against Manchester City in October.
Miami's cap situation isn't pretty, and one reason is Whiteside is due $25.4 million next season and then has a $27.1 million player option for 2019-20.
Maker, after stunning games in the past two wins in Milwaukee, had just two points, no blocks and fouled out in the final seconds.
The Philadephia franchise even extended the opportunity to the rapper of ringing the bell before the game.
In Boston, the Celtics claimed a highly contested 92-87 win over the Bucks to go up 3-2 in the series.
Kelly Olynyk had 18 points off the bench to lead Miami. But that's not stopping him from making a statement. I believe in them guys.
Al Horford had 22 points and 14 rebounds and a key bucket in the final minute.
The 76ers convincingly took the series 4-1 and will play the victor of the showdown between the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks, which also features Australians Aron Baynes, Thon Maker and Matthew Dellavedova.