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NBA roundup: Sixers extinguish Heat in opener

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 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.

–Field Level Media


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