NBA Playoffs 2018: Philadelphia 76ers to face Miami Heat in first round

NBA Playoffs 2018: Philadelphia 76ers to face Miami Heat in first round

NBA Playoffs 2018: Philadelphia 76ers to face Miami Heat in first round

It is quite a scene whenever Joel Embiid walks into a room, a proverbial parting of the Red Sea as people try to get out of the way of Philadelphia's enormous center.

On the final, frenzied night of the 2017-18 regular season, the Milwaukee Bucks were torn apart by the streaking Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night, losing 130-95. With Philadelphia in the midst of a 15-game winning streak, Embiid does not feel a rush to return that he might have if they were struggling.

Ben Simmons has taken the league by storm in his de facto rookie year, leading the Sixers to their first 50-win season since 2001 and achieving multiple personal milestones along the way.

The Jazz slipped from third to fifth and crucially lost home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs in which they face a tough Oklahoma City Thunder, who boast the NBA's most-parochial crowd. Defensively, the 76ers are yielding 105.4 points per game against the opposing teams. Redick sidelined with injuries, Fultz received a career-high 25 minutes of action and rewarded the team's confidence by delivering his first triple-double as a pro with 13 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists while coming off the bench. He's the youngest player in National Basketball Association history to record a triple-double. Fultz was properly doused with water prior to his post-game interview. Marco Belinelli scored 13 in place of Redick in the starting lineup and Ben Simmons only had four points on the night, making the win even more impressive without Embiid and JJ.

After getting a sweat in, Embiid joined reporters in the locker room and relayed his progression to date, which he says has been steady and positive but may not be good enough for him to suit up early in Philadelphia's first-round series.

For how much the game had been pulled out from under them to that point, the Bucks followed up their first 12 minutes with an equally porous second quarter, one that finished with them trailing 80-44 heading into halftime.

Ingles had five points, including just one three-pointer from two attempts, and Exum had six points and three assists.

- shot 46 percent on 3s (11 of 24).

"I should be first-team All-NBA, too", he said. Embiid, Simmons and Fultz all played crucial roles in leading the Sixers (52-30) to their best record since the 2001 Eastern Conference champs went 56-26.

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