Australian Ben Simmons and Cameroonian Joel Embiid each scored 22 points as the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Washington Wizard 120-95 in the NBA and led 2-0 in their first-round playoff series in the Eastern Conference. .
Simmons had a clash with star Russell Westbrook, whom he sent to the ground for several minutes before a leg injury sent the triple-double king into the locker room.
It was then that with Simmons on the rise and Westbrook limited, the Sixers beat the capital team to take a 2-0 lead in their playoff series. Game 3 is Saturday night in Washington.
Westbrook fell again after colliding with Furkan Korkmaz early in the fourth quarter. He limped getting up and was protected by security after a fan threw popcorn at him as he made his way to the locker room.
Simmons and Embiid each scored 22 points and Tobias Harris added 19 for the Sixers, the East’s top seeds.
Simmons added nine rebounds and eight assists after becoming the sixth player in NBA history to have at least 15 rebounds and 15 assists in a playoff game in a 125-118 victory in Game 1.
The three-time All-Star Australian still heard a lot of criticism in Philadelphia after that stellar performance because he only scored six points and missed all six of his free throws.
Simmons was aggressive early on, scoring the team’s first two baskets en route to 12 points in the first quarter, including three dunks.
On the other hand, Bradley Beal had 33 points and Westbrook finished with 10 points and 11 assists for Washington.
Embiid scored on a layup, was brought to the ground and sank a free throw to complete a three-point play in the final minute of the second quarter.
Dwight Howard led the crowd’s chants for “MVP! MVP! » to Embiid, who raised both hands.
The Sixers, who held out 24 points in the first half from Beal, finally led 71-57 at halftime. They held a double-digit lead during the second half.
The Wizards have lost all five games to Philadelphia this season.
The Sixers are 28-5 with Simmons, Embiid, Harris, Seth Curry and Danny Green in the starting lineup.
– Knicks Match Series –
In New York, veteran Derrick Rose scored 26 points, Julius Randle shook off a miserable first half to lead a turnaround in the third quarter and the host Knicks beat the Atlanta Hawks 101-92 to tie the Eastern Conference series. to one win per side.
Randle went 6-0 with just two points on free throws at halftime and the Knicks were 13 points behind, but with Rose moving into the starting lineup to open the third quarter, Randle scored 11 points for the Knicks. took the lead.
The winner of the NBA’s ‘Most Improved Player’ award finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds despite another bad night.
Reggie Bullock, who made four 3-pointers (12 points) in the second half for the Knicks, who have now guaranteed there will be at least one more game at home this surprising season.
Trae Young scored 30 points for Atlanta after having 32 and scoring the tiebreaker in Game 1. Serbian Bogdan Bogdanovic and De’Andre Hunter added 18 each.
Game 3 will be Friday in Atlanta, where the Hawks will be able to host a full-capacity crowd for the first time.
Rose made the basket and gave the Knicks the final lead at 93-91 with 4:45 to play.
Bogdanovic scored eight straight points from Atlanta midway through the second quarter to extend the lead to 43-37. (GG) (AFP)