PHILADELPHIA — Ben Simmons just missed collecting yet another triple-double this season, as the Philadelphia 76ers hammered the Miami Heat 130-103 in Game 1 of their playoff first-round series on Saturday night to extend their undefeated streak.
JJ Redick scored 28 points and reserve Marco Belinelli added 25 to lead the Sixers, but it was rookie Simmons, who stole the show in his NBA playoff debut.
The star guard collected 17 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds for Philadephia, which played without leading big man Joel Embiid.
Ersan Ilyasova had 17 points and 14 rebounds off the bench for the 76ers, who were winning their 17th straight game and had 34 assists on 45 made field goals.
It was the Sixers’ first playoff game in five seasons under coach Brett Brown.
Kelly Olynyk led the Miami Heat with 26 points.
Goran Dragic, returning to the starting lineup after missing the final regular season game with a sore knee scored 15 points for Miami, while James Johnson finished with 13.
Fourteen-year veteran Dwyane Wade had 11 points in 19 minutes off the bench.
Game 2 in this series is on Monday night, again in Philadelphia.