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Playoffs 2019

NBA Playoffs 2019: Three Takeaways as the Philadelphia 76ers blowout the Brooklyn Nets by 22 in series-clinching Game 5

Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons
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After a competitive Game 4 that the Philadelphia 76ers clinched in the closing seconds at the Barclays Center, the Joel Embiid-led squad was back to their dominating ways in Game 5.

Taking control of Game 5 right from tip-off in front of their home fans at the Wells Fargo Center, the Sixers, having clinched this first-round series 4-1, now advance to the Conference Semifinals to face the second-seeded Toronto Raptors.

After a five-year playoff drought, this is the Sixers' second straight Conference Semifinals appearance.

Here are the takeaways from the Sixers series-clinching Game 5 win:

Sixers first half domination

You can't lose a game in the opening few minutes, but the Philadelphia 76ers went as close as humanly possible to wrapping the series up with their dominance.

Opening the game behind a 14-0 run, the Sixers never took their foot off the gas in the opening half as they stretched their lead out to an incredible 29 points.

Joel Embiid was the catalyst offensively, but it was on both ends of the floor where the Sixers were just simply unstoppable.

Their suffocating on a string defense kept the Nets to a lowly 31 points, the least amount of points they've scored in a first half all season long and the lowest Philly have allowed in the shot-clock era.

When they're as in sync as they were in this contest, they're every chance of going all the way into the NBA Finals and really shaking things up.

Levert's lone hand for the Nets

It wasn't pretty for Brooklyn in the opening half of the game. The lid was glued on the basket for them and defensively they continued to breakdown and get picked apart.

After being inserted into the starting lineup in Game 4, Caris Levert continued his stellar individual play and was the only Nets player able to make an offensive impact.

In the first half alone Levert accounted for 14 of the teams 31 points and did so on 5-9 shooting. The remaining points from the rest of the squad came on 7-37 shooting.

The Sixers turned their attention onto Levert in the second half as he only had three shots in the last two quarters.

He ended with 18 points on 6-12 shooting and was the only member of the starting five to record double-figure scoring in the contest.

Sixers' starters

No one of the Sixers starters played more than 28 minutes as they set up the team's commanding win.

The All-Stars, especially, came to play. Joel Embiid had 23 points, 13 rebounds, and 2 assists on 9-of-18 shooting in just 21 minutes while Ben Simmons recorded 13 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds on 6-of-10 shooting and a team-high +34 in 28 minutes.

Sharpshooter JJ Redick had 11 points and 2 assists on 4-of-8 shooting in 27 minutes while forwards did a little bit of everything. Jimmy Butler finished with 9 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals in 27 minutes while Tobias Harris registered 12 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals on 5-of-8 shooting in 27 minutes.

In 17 minutes together on the floor, the starters had a net rating of 86.0 with an offensive rating of 118.4 and a defensive rating of 32.4.

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