PHILADELPHIA 76ERS 104
MIAMI HEAT 91
PHILADELPHIA WINS SERIES 4-1
APRIL 24, 2018
The Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Miami Heat, 104-91, in Game 5 of the 2018 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at The Center. With the victory, the 76ers won the series 4-1 and clinched a spot in the 2018 Eastern Conference Semifinals against either the Boston Celtics or Milwaukee Bucks. It’s the first time Philadelphia has advanced to the second round of the NBA Playoffs since 2012.
It’s the first time Philadelphia has won a best-of-seven playoff series in five or fewer games since sweeping Milwaukee in 1985 (Basketball-Reference). Philadelphia has won three straight postseason games for the first time since 2012 (Basketball-Reference).
Philadelphia scored 34 points in the third quarter and outscored Miami, 34-20. The 76ers shot 50 percent (12-24 FG) from the field in the period, while the Heat shot 32 percent (7-22 3FG). Philadelphia outscored Miami by at least 10 points in the third quarter for the second time this series and the fourth time in any quarter (Basketball-Reference).
The Sixers scored at least 34 points in the third quarter for the second time this postseason (April 14 being the other). It’s the first time Philadelphia has recorded two 34-plus point third quarters in the same playoffs since the 1980 postseason against Atlanta (Basketball-Reference).
For the series, Philadelphia shot 52 percent from the field and outscored Miami by an average of 7.4 points in third quarters. That’s the third-best margin of any team in the 2018 NBA Playoffs (stats.nba.com)
The 76ers outscored the Heat, 58-45, in the second half of Game 5. For the series, Philadelphia outscored Miami by an average of 15.6 points per game in the second half (stats.nba.com). That is the largest such mark by any team in the 2018 NBA Playoffs (stats.nba.com).
The Sixers have averaged a league-leading 61.6 points second-half points this postseason. Philadelphia’s 31 second-half three-pointers are second among teams in the 2018 NBA Playoffs to Boston (33) (stats.nba.com).
Philadelphia pulled down 53 rebounds in Game 5, recording 50-plus rebounds for the league-leading third time this postseason. The 76ers are averaging a league-best 49.3 rebounds per game in the 2018 NBA Playoffs (stats.nba.com).
The Sixers recorded 27 assists in Game 5 against the Heat. Philadelphia has now recorded 20-plus assists in 39 straight games dating back to the regular season, which is the longest such streak by an Eastern Conference team since the Hornets did so in 44 consecutive games in 1992-93 (Basketball-Reference).
Philadelphia’s 26.5 assists per game are third among teams in the 2018 NBA Playoffs behind only Golden State (27.3) and Washington (26.8) (stats.nba.com).
The 76ers scored 104 points against the Heat, topping the 100-point mark for the fifth consecutive postseason game. That is Philadelphia’s longest such streak in the playoffs since recording nine straight from April 24-May 11, 1986 (Basketball-Reference).
Sixers guard JJ REDICK dropped 27 points and dished two assists in 32 minutes during Game 5. It’s the second time this postseason that Redick has posted at least 27 points and the third time in his playoff career (Basketball-Reference).
Redick has recorded consecutive 20-point games in the postseason for the first time in his career (Basketball-Reference). He matched his career playoff-high, making five three-pointers. It’s the third time in his postseason career the Duke product has made five-plus threes, and the first time since May 8, 2015 against Houston (Basketball-Reference).
In Game 5, Redick made all of his free throws, 10-for-10, while attempting at least 10 for the first time in his postseason career (Basketball-Reference). It is the second time in his playoff career that he has attempted at least 10 free throws (also April 25, 2017 against Utah) (Basketball-Reference).
The Duke product scored 19 of his 27 points in the second half of Game 5. It’s the second time this postseason that he has scored at least 19 points in the second half after also recording 23 on April 14 (stats.nba.com).
Sixers center JOEL EMBIID posted 19 points (8-14 FG) and pulled down 12 rebounds to record his second consecutive postseason double-double (Basketball-Reference).
Embiid is the seventh player since 1973-74 to total 56 points, 31 rebounds and nine blocks in his first three playoff games and first since ANTHONY DAVIS in 2015 (Basketball-Reference). The Cameroon native joins TIM DUNCAN, SHAQUILLE O’NEAL, ALONZO MOURNING, DAVID ROBINSON and PATRICK EWING as players to post such totals through their first three career postseason games (Basketball-Reference).
Sixers guard-forward BEN SIMMONS scored 14 points, recorded 10 rebounds and dished six assists in recording his fourth double-double of the postseason. His four double-doubles this postseason are tied for the most by any player, joining Davis, LEBRON JAMES, and RUSSELL WESTBROOK (Basketball-Reference).
Simmons is the first rookie to record at least four double-doubles in his first five postseason games since Duncan in 1997-98 (Basketball-Reference).
The Australian has totaled 91 points, 53 rebounds and 45 assists through his first five postseason games. No other rookie since 1963-64 has posted such numbers in their first five playoff games (Basketball-Reference).
Sixers forward ERSAN ILYASOVA posted 10 rebounds and four points in 32 minutes off the bench in Game 5. He’s posted three 10-rebound games this postseason and now has five in his career – he posted three previous two in 2010 (Basketball-Reference).
Ilyasova’s 9.2 rebounds per game are 13th among all players in the 2018 NBA Playoffs (stats.nba.com). His 8.8 rebounds per game coming off the bench lead all players in the postseason (stats.nba.com).