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76ers' Embiid: 'Pretty good chance' I'll play in Game 2 or 3

15 April 2018

He finished just one rebound short of a triple-double with 17 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds as the 76ers extended their winning streak to 17 games, despite the continued absence of injured All-Star centre Joel Embiid. After Dragic buried a three to increase the Heat's lead to 63-56 with 11:02 left in the third quarter, Philadelphia went on to outscore the Heat 34-15 in the third quarter, holding Miami to 5 of 19 shooting (26.3 percent) in the period.

"If it was my decision, I would play, but I can't get back out on the court if I don't have the OK from them", said Embiid. "I feel good but I'm not satisfied".

Defending NBA champions the Golden State Warriors swept aside the San Antonio Spurs 113-92 to open their playoff campaign.

The win marked the Sixers' first in the Playoffs since March 23rd, 2012, when they defeated the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.

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"He knocked down shots tonight", said Warriors' All-Star forward Kevin Durant, also impressive with 24 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

"That's what Klay is best at, knocking down the jump shot".

Patty Mills and his San Antonio Spurs were not so fortunate.

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The Spurs' starting five only contributed a combined 33 points, with veteran Rudy Gay coming off the bench to net a team high 15 points.

It was a fine display of the harmony and success that have enveloped this team over the past two months, and the Heat - after keeping things tiht in the first half - were helpless to find answers to the array of weapons Bryan Colangelo has assembled.

Serge Ibaka had 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Delon Wright scored 11 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter for the east's top seeds.

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76ers' Embiid: 'Pretty good chance' I'll play in Game 2 or 3