Ben Simmons Leads 76ers To First Playoff Win

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The defending champion Warriors, without injured two-time MVP Steph Curry, led throughout and ran away with a 113-92 victory in game one of their western conference first-round series at Oakland's Oracle Arena.

Serge Ibaka had 23 points and 12 rebounds, Delon Wright scored 11 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, and the Toronto Raptors snapped a 10-game losing streak in playoff series openers by beating the Washington Wizards, 114-106, on Saturday.

The Spurs' starting five only contributed a combined 33 points, with veteran Rudy Gay coming off the bench to net a team high 15 points.

Philadelphia will host Miami for Game 2 on Monday at 8 p.m. on TNT.

The 76ers were forced to play without their best player, center Joel Embiid.

Sitting Whiteside didn't do anything to slow the Sixers.

Heat All-Star point guard Goran Dragic, who has been battling a bone bruise in his right knee for the past month, had his own struggles. Josh Richardson was 1 for 7 with four points, four assists and two steals.

The Heat have countered with a successful balanced attack, led by Kelly Olynyk (14 points) and James Johnson (13 points). Miami has come back to win eight of 19 previous playoff series in which has lost the first game.

Here are some of the top highlights from the first half.

"We had one turnover in the entire second half and I give Ben Simmons a tremendous amount of credit, " Brown told reporters.

The Heat jumped out to an early lead and took command at the end of the first quarter, 35-29. Wearing a mask similar to the one worn in Phantom of the Opera, Embiid rang a miniature version of the Liberty Bell before the Sixers players were introduced and the fireworks began.

Down 60-56, the Sixers turned it on in the third period, outscoring Miami 34-18.

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