NBA roundup: Philadelphia 76ers, Golden State Warriors advance

NBA roundup: Philadelphia 76ers, Golden State Warriors advance

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) reacts along side guard JJ Redick (17) and guard T.J. McConnell (12) after scoring against the Miami Heat during the fourth quarter in game five of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center.

JJ Redick scored 27 points to lift the Philadelphia 76ers past the visiting Miami Heat 104-91 to clinch the teams' first-round playoff series in five games Tuesday night.

Redick scored 20 or more points in consecutive playoff games for the first time in his career as the third-seeded Sixers advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals for the first time since 2012. They will meet either the second-seeded Boston Celtics or the seventh-seeded Milwaukee Bucks.

Joel Embiid scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds while Ben Simmons had 14 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Marco Belinelli chipped in with 11 points and Robert Covington had 10.

Kelly Olynyk led the Heat with 18 points, Tyler Johnson added 16 and Goran Dragic had 15. Justise Winslow scored 12 points and Dwyane Wade had 11.

Warriors 99, Spurs 91

Golden State responded to its first loss of the postseason with a championship-type defensive effort, suffocating San Antonio to complete a 4-1 win in the first round of the NBA playoffs at Oakland, Calif.

The defending champions, seeded second in the West this year, advance to a Western Conference semifinal matchup with the sixth-seeded New Orleans Pelicans, who scored a surprising four-game sweep of the third-seeded Portland Trail Blazers.

Kevin Durant had a team-high 25 points, Klay Thompson 24 and Draymond Green a 17-point, 19-rebound double-double for the Warriors, who won their 12th consecutive home playoff game. LaMarcus Aldridge had a 30 points and 12 boards for the Spurs, who were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs for just the fifth time in the past 21 years.

Celtics 92, Bucks 87

Al Horford scored 22 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to help host Boston take a 3-2 series lead against Milwaukee Bucks on a night when Marcus Smart returned for the Celtics.

Terry Rozier added 16 points, Jaylen Brown had 14 and Marcus Morris had 10 for the Celtics, who can clinch the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinals series with a win in Game 6 on Thursday in Milwaukee. Khris Middleton led the Bucks with 23 points.

Smart had nine points, five rebounds, four assists and three blocks off the bench after missing the first four games of the series and the last 15 games of the regular season while recovering from right thumb surgery.


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