NBA roundup: Sixers extinguish Heat in opener

NBA roundup: Sixers extinguish Heat in opener
By Reuters

15/04/2018 at 07:31Updated 15/04/2018 at 07:33

Ben Simmons narrowly missed a triple-double, and the Philadelphia 76ers punished the visiting Miami Heat from long range en route to an easy 130-103 victory Saturday in an Eastern Conference first-round series opener.

Simmons had 17 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds for the Sixers. JJ Redick
scored 28 points and Marco Belinelli added 25 off the bench, and Philadelphia
sank 18 of 28 3-point attempts in the win.

Dario Saric tallied 20 points and Ersan Ilyasova had 17 points and 14 rebounds
for the third-seeded 76ers, who played without star center Joel Embiid
(orbital fracture). Redick, Belinelli and Saric each made four 3-pointers
apiece and Ilyasova knocked down three.

Kelly Olynyk scored 26 points off the bench for the sixth-seeded Heat. Goran
Dragic tallied 15 points, James Johnson had 13 and Dwyane Wade added 11 for
Miami, which committed 18 turnovers.

Warriors 113, Spurs 92

Klay Thompson scored a game-high 27 points and Kevin Durant chipped in with 24
as the Golden State began its title defense with an easy win over San Antonio
in Oakland, Calif.

Thompson (11-for-13) and Durant (9-for-17) combined to hit 20 of their 30
shots for the No. 2 seed Warriors, who burned the Spurs' defense for 54.3
percent shooting.

Rudy Gay had 15 points, while LaMarcus Aldridge and Bryn Forbes added 14
apiece for the Spurs, who fell into the No. 7 seed when they lost their
regular-season finale at New Orleans.

Raptors 114, Wizards 106

Serge Ibaka scored 23 points as host Toronto stared down its postseason
demons, earning its first opening playoff win in the franchise's history.

Delon Wright and CJ Miles each had big games off the bench, combining for 30
points for the top-seeded Raptors, who snapped a streak of 10 straight Game 1
losses. Toronto's bench outscored Washington's reserves 42-21.

John Wall led eighth-seeded Washington with 23 points and 15 assists, and
Markieff Morris scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

Pelicans 97, Trail Blazers 95

Anthony Davis scored 35 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as visiting New Orleans
held off Portland to win the opener of their first-round Western Conference
playoff series.

Jrue Holiday scored 21 points, Nikola Mirotic collected 16 points and 11
rebounds, and Rajon Rondo contributed six points, eight rebounds and 17
assists for the sixth-seeded Pelicans.

CJ McCollum scored 19 points and Damian Lillard 18 for the Trail Blazers, who
rallied from a 19-point, third-quarter deficit but could never take the lead.

--Field Level Media