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Simmons Flirted With Triple-Double, Sixers Roll Past Heat In Game 1

Simmons Flirted With Triple-Double, Sixers Roll Past Heat In Game 1

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.

Philadelphia Sixers' Center Joel Embiid has cleared the NBA's concussion protocol.

Embiid suffered an orbital bone fracture around his left eye in a March 28 collision with teammate Markelle Fultz and underwent surgery to fix the injury.

In Embiid, the Sixers have a big-game player that who excels on the national stage.

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"Sixers head coach Brett Brown appeared on NBCSN's Dan Patrick Show (h/t NBC Sports Philadelphia) on Friday and said: "[Embiid] will not play in Game 1. "And it's been determined that he shall not play Game 2 for that reason.".

He's the first rookie in history to record that many points, rebounds and assists in their first playoff game.

Toronto Raptors guard Delon Wright (55) shoots against the Washington Wizards during the first half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Toronto on Saturday, April 14, 2018. The timetable for return was 2-to-4 weeks. "We gonna see how it feels in the next couple of days". And the fact that we won Game 1 also doesn't influence it. And I feel great.

Goran Dragic, returning to the starting lineup after missing the final regular season game with a sore knee scored 15 points for Miami, while James Johnson finished with 13.