Well, that was a lot of fun. After making Sixers fans sweat through the first 4 games of the series against the Celtics, they finally gave us an easy one. The Sixers sailed to a 12-point win in game 5. And if it wasn’t for the Celtics’ reserves hitting a few 3s in garbage time, the lead would have been even greater. Everything went the Sixers’ way. Joel Embiid looked great. Tyrese Maxey snapped out of his cold streak. Tobias Harris had a nice game. James Harden played a solid down-the-middle game. And they even got something from Danuel House off the bench. But even better, is that they didn’t do anything that will be tough to repeat in game 6.
It didn’t take some crazy scoring performance from any one member of the team. Or a truly awful night from one of the Celtics stars. Everything that led to this win was sustainable.
The Sixers need just one more win. Either tomorrow night at home, or if not there, then they will have another chance on Sunday back in Boston. They are in the driver’s seat of the series now with a 3-2 lead. One more good game like this, and they will be advancing to likely play the Miami Heat, assuming the Knicks down come back from down 3-1 in that series.
So can they do it? Based on last night, it is easy to be confident. Here are all the reasons the Sixers could easily repeat their performance from last night, to win either game 6 or 7.