Can the 76ers take a 2-0 series lead after a dominant Game 1 against the Heat?
The Philadelphia 76ers laid waste to the Miami Heat in the first round of the 2018 NBA playoffs, and will try for a 2-0 series lead on Monday. The 76ers ride a 17-game winning streak into Game 2, which will begin at 8 p.m. ET on TNT (live streaming via TNTDrama.com or the TNT App on various devices).
Philadelphia, a young, aggressive team, controlled the pace and every aspect of their first meeting with Miami, a grinding team that could not grind the 76ers. At least in Game 1. They’ll try and slow Philadelphia down again on Monday, but there are several key contributors and keeping up with all of them is a tall order for the sixth-seeded Heat.
JJ Reddick had 28 points, including hitting 4-of-6 from range. Marco Belinelli had 25 points and 33 minutes off the bench, and also hit four 3-pointers. Ben Simmons, in his playoff debut, had 17 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds.
Kelly Olynyk had 26 points for the Heat, who had the lead at the half, but were out-scored 34-18 in the third quarter. The Sixers took that game by a wide margin — 130-103 — and many believe they will keep rolling on Monday.
It’s all about pacing and momentum for the 76ers at this point. If they can hit the ground running in Game 2, and the Heat have no immediate answer, they just might take a 2-0 series lead. They have to hit the ground running and carry the same kind of intensity they had in the first outing.
How to watch Heat vs. 76ers Game 2
Date: Monday, April 16
Location: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pa.
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Online Streaming: TNTDrama.com, TNT App