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Can we get a series-deciding game three, please?
The excuse of last year’s playoff run being fluky due to the one-game elimination format is ringing hollow at this point.
Sixers GC is now the third of three teams, so far, to sweep its opponent in this year’s playoffs. However, it is the first series “favorite” to move on.
Regardless, the Sixers were impressive, taking game one, 55-50.
It was a close contest. The Pacers had plenty of chances to take handle of the game, even leading at halftime, 27-24. But the Sixers found their rhythm and pulled away in the second half, mostly sparked by Radiant’s offense and Newdini’s defense.
Newdini is considered the “X-factor” for this Sixers team, and his play bodes well for Philly.
76ers GC then won game two, 69-55, completing the sweep.
The second half of game one seemed to carry over into this one, regardless of the Pacers’ lineup switch. Indy couldn’t take care of the ball, committing eight turnovers in the first quarter. This allowed Philadelphia to jump out to a 24-8 lead. After that, the Pacers just couldn’t get back into it, at one point going down by as much as 20 points late in the third.
76ers GC moves onto the semifinals for the second consecutive year, where they’ll play Celtics Crossover Gaming, a matchup between two MVP-finalists in point guards Radiant and oFab.