The Philadelphia 76ers took a major step forward on Tuesday as they defeated the Miami Heat 104-91 at the Wells Fargo Center.
After years of marshaling their resources to acquire as many assets as possible the last couple of drafts have worked out well for the 76ers who appear to have a chance this season to make a lot of noise having now taken their first round series in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
With the Boston Celtics banged up and the Cleveland Cavaliers struggling, Philadelphia will like the way things are falling.
Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons each had double-doubles for the hosts as the 76ers broke open a 3rd quarter 48-48 tie to ease to victory.
However it was J.J. Redick who led the way for Philadelphia with 27 points as the 76ers complete the four games to one triumph.
Meanwhile over in Boston the Celtics, 5/2 to win the Eastern Conference, got the better of the Milwaukee Bucks 92-87 to take a three games to two advantage in their first round match up.
Marcus Smart returned for the hosts and came off the bench to score nine points with five rebounds, four assists, three blocks and a steal in a 25 minute performance that energized the crowd.
Al Horford had a team-high 22 points for Boston with Terry Rozier, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Morris also in double figures.
Game 6 is back in Milwaukee on Thursday at the BMO Harris Bradley Center with a Game 7, if needed, slated for Saturday.
The 76ers are 4999/1 to win the NBA title with the Celtics 999/1 and the Cavaliers are priced at 9/2.
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