Philadelphia 76ers vs Miami Heat: NBA playoffs, Game 5 live scores, blog

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    Philadelphia 76ers vs Miami Heat

    2017/18 NBA Playoffs, Game 5, April 25 - Q2

    Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
    Philadelphia 76ers Miami Heat
    104 SCORE 91
    23 Q1 21
    23 Q2 25
    34 Q3 20
    24 Q4 25

    Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers can confirm their spot in the Eastern Conference semi-finals when they take on the Miami Heat in Game 5 of their first-round matchup at the Wells Fargo Center. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 10am (AEST).

    The Sixers come into the fifth game of the series on the brink of advancement, having won three of the first four.

    They took Game 1 in reasonably convincing fashion, but the concerns were aired as a Joel Embiid-less Philadelphia outfit were bullied into a loss in Game 2.

    It meant they gave up home-court advantage and would need to win on the road, but they wasted absolutely no time doing that, picking up a dominant 20-point victory in Game 3.

    Embiid made his return and led all scorers with 23 alongside the Heat’s Goran Dragic, while Ben Simmons has continued to put up numbers matching his incredible rookie regular season.

    The Australian came up with a triple-double during Game 4, resulting in a four-point victory for the 76ers, while JJ Redick was also key with 24 points.

    If Simmons and Embiid continue to combine as they have in the last two outings though, it’s going to be incredibly difficult for the Heat to fight back and win this game, let alone all of the next three to take the series.

    Much of the Heat’s performance will rest on the shoulders of Dwyane Wade and Dragic. Wade led all scorers in the Game 4 loss, trying to rally his team, while Dragic was an All-Star this year and has averaged 21 points per game across the first three in this series.

    Yet, the depth of Philly should outweigh whatever the Miami duo can serve up. With Embiid struggling through injury at different points, a couple of days off ahead of the second round could be all too crucial for the Sixers at this point, especially with the Boston-Milwaukee series two-all and looking like it could go the distance.

    Prediction
    While there was a blitz during Game 2, the Sixers have hit back strongly in the next two and the chance of them losing this seems to be slim.

    They should win and buy themselves a couple of days to relax and recover ahead of the semi-finals.

    76ers by 12.

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    • 4:12pm
      Lara said | 4:12pm | ! Report

      BB take a bow, you learnt well at SA Spurs under a great coach .

    • Roar Guru

      12:46pm
      Scott Pryde said | 12:46pm | ! Report

      Thanks for joining me this morning on The Roar for our live coverage of the NBA playoffs, with the 76ers qualifying for the second round.

      Hopefully you enjoyed the call.

      The Roar will be back with more NBA playoffs action in the coming days, so be sure to join us.

      Bye for now.

    • Roar Guru

      12:44pm
      Scott Pryde said | 12:44pm | ! Report

      Thoughts on the match and series Roarers?

      • 12:47pm
        Chris.P.Bacon said | 12:47pm | ! Report

        Nice prediction Scott!

    • Roar Guru

      12:44pm
      Scott Pryde said | 12:44pm | ! Report

      FULLTIME

      No one interested in playing this game out. The clock will expire and Philadelphia have advanced to the second round of the playoffs with a convincing 13-point victory over the Miami Heat.

      It was far from the best game of basketball you will ever see, but the 76ers have done the job today and will play either Boston or Milwaukee in what is set as a tantilising second round battle.

      If it’s Milwaukee, we get the battle of Simmons taking on fellow Aussies Thon Maker and Matthew Dellavedova.

      76ers – 104
      Heat – 91

    • Roar Guru

      12:42pm
      Scott Pryde said | 12:42pm | ! Report

      Q4 0′

      Redick makes both.

      76ers – 104
      Heat – 91

    • Roar Guru

      12:41pm
      Scott Pryde said | 12:41pm | ! Report

      Q4 0′

      Into the final half minute. No point in the slightest trying to foul now, but Miami do anyway and Redick will walk up the floor with 25 on the clock to shoot free throws.

      76ers – 102
      Heat – 91

    • Roar Guru

      12:41pm
      Scott Pryde said | 12:41pm | ! Report

      Q4 0′

      Redick no good on a three and Simmons has to rebound beyond halfcourt. He will run the clock down again with Illyasova losing it and Olynyk scoring.

      76ers – 102
      Heat – 91

    • Roar Guru

      12:40pm
      Scott Pryde said | 12:40pm | ! Report

      Q4 1′

      Simmons running the clock down here for the ‘6ers, then it’s a cut back door from Belinelli who puts it up. There’s a goaltend.

      Wade misses from deep and surely, into the final 80 seconds, that’s going to be enough.

      76ers – 102
      Heat – 89

    • Roar Guru

      12:39pm
      Scott Pryde said | 12:39pm | ! Report

      Q4 2′

      Belinelli with a bucket from the high post, then Redick hits a huge three! Found just a glimmer of space, hit the shot and that might just about do it.

      76ers – 100
      Heat – 89

    • Roar Guru

      12:38pm
      Scott Pryde said | 12:38pm | ! Report

      Q4 2′

      Time continues to tick away, but that’ll help the Heat! Ellington gets hot and sinks a three from the right wing.

      Belinelli answers straight back though.

      76ers – 98
      Heat – 87

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