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Ben Simmons on Joel Embiid's 'scary' return in playoffs

10 April 2018

Not only that, but they are just a half-game behind Cleveland for third out east.

Ben Simmons delivered a triple-double of 27 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists as the Sixers earned their 13th consecutive victory, 132-130 over the Cavs.

In the end, that's the important thing: The W. This could've been a moral victory either way, but the Sixers are at that magical point in their timeline where it actually matters whether they literally win the game or not, and last night they did.

Jeff Green had 33 points and Kevin Love 17 in support of LeBron - who had a game-high eight turnovers - but no other Cav reached double digits. Philly has a game in hand.

Friday marked the 18th time this season that James has recorded a triple-double.

In its 111-104 win over the Chicago on Friday night, Boston showed that at the very least it has a remaining group of players eager to step up and contribute to its injury-torn rotation.

For the game, Cleveland shot 42-77 (.545) from the field (11-15 FG in the fourth) and 13-27 (.481) from beyond the arc, and dished out 26 assists. Embiid tops in rebounds with 11.0 while Simmons tops in assists.

"So, we're a prideful team and the only way we get back into the game was just kind of get scrappy and play a little bit more physical, make some shots". Heading into the half, the 76ers were up by 23 points. Cleveland has won five straight, including 10 of its last 11 games.

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New York Knicks guard Damyean Dotson (3.0 ppg) got a month's worth of scoring on Friday, too, going off for 30 points - with 11 rebounds - in a 122-98 win over the Miami Heat.

With a buzz in the city over the Sixers that hasn't been felt since the pre-Process days, they romped to a 30-point lead in the first half and scored 78 points at the break.

Bradley Beal scored 32 points for the Wizards, including seven straight during a 16-6 spurt to open the fourth quarter. They stayed a half-game in front of eighth-place Minnesota, and moved a game in front of ninth-place Denver.

Andre Drummond supplied 19 points, 16 rebounds and five assists for the Pistons, who were eliminated from playoff contention with a loss to Philadelphia on Wednesday.

The Pelicans led by double digits throughout the entire fourth quarter. LeBron James led a furious comeback, but he fell a few free-throws short of completing what would've been one of the best comebacks of the year, or in the Cavs' case this week.

Philadelphia left that game with the third seed in the East, a huge accomplishment.

Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis also were on the list of players the Americans can choose from if they qualify for the 2019 Basketball World Cup and 2020 Olympics.

Ben Simmons on Joel Embiid's 'scary' return in playoffs