Sixers look to close out Heat in Game 5

Matt Leon
April 24, 2018 - 3:54 pm
Ben Simmons (25) dribbles against the defense of Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow (20) during game two of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The 76ers will look to advance out of the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 2012 tonight when they host Miami in Game 5 of the first-round Eastern Conference playoff series.

The Sixers lead this best-of-seven three games to one after winning the last two games in Miami. Brett Brown's squad found a way to win game 4 on Saturday, 106-102, despite turning the ball over an alarming 26 times and shooting just 7 of 31 from three (22.6 percent).

Rookie point guard Ben Simmons has been outstanding in this series for the Sixers, nearly averaging a triple-double through the first four games (19.3 PPG, 10.8 RPG and 9.8 APG, respectively). Simmons is one of six Sixers averaging double-figure points in this series.

On the injury front, the Sixers come into tonight with everyone available. Miami guard Josh Richardson (shoulder) is questionable, but he did do work at shootaround earlier today.

Tom Moore of the Bucks County Courier Times and Marc Zumoff, the television voice of the Sixers on NBC Sports Philadelphia, provided some additional insight on tonight's match.