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Without Embiid, 76ers roll past Heat in playoff opener

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Joel Embiid used some body english as he scampered down the baseline and tried to will Marco Belinelli's off-balance 3-pointer through the net.

Belinelli buried it, because of course he would. Even the wild ones go in of late for the Sixers.

With their injured Embiid on the bench, the 76ers proved one more time in their biggest game in six years they can romp without their All-Star. Embiid wore a white mask as he rang a miniature Liberty Bell - then the Miami Heat got their bell rung in Game 1 of the first-round series.

Ben Simmons had 17 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds in his playoff debut, and the Sixers rolled to a 130-103 victory on Saturday night for their 17th straight win.

''I feel this group has something special in it,'' coach Brett Brown said.

Led by four each from JJ Redick and Belinelli, the 76ers hit a team playoff-record 18 3-pointers (on 28 attempts).

The Sixers have stormed through the NBA since mid-March and the Heat were just another victim in a winning streak that includes nine straight without Embiid.

He was a spectator because of a broken orbital bone around his left eye and has remained hopeful from the outset he can return early in the series. The Sixers could end this one in a hurry with Embiid back in the lineup.

Simmons helped compensate for his absence and dished and dazzled in the paint.

The Heat also had no answer for Sixers super subs Ersan Ilyasova and Belinelli; the duo combined to hit four 3-pointers in the third quarter that helped shift the tone from physical and foul-filled to a long-distance game that allowed the Sixers to put away this one. They used a 15-0 run in the third in their first postseason game in five seasons under Brown to get the rout rolling.

Brown, who won championships as an assistant in San Antonio, won 47 games his first three seasons as the Sixers underwent the Process - and 52, plus Game 1 this season.

''The NBA playoffs is the greatest professor you've ever had,'' he said.

The 76ers aced their first test.

Redick, who said he briefly lost vision in his left eye following a hard fall early in the game, scored 28 points to lead the Sixers, who host Game 2 on Monday. Belinelli had 25 and Ilyasova 17.

Embiid ditched the black mask he's been wearing in light shooting drills for a white ''Phantom of the Opera'' mask to ring the ceremonial Liberty Bell before tipoff.

The Sixers crowd roared as Embiid, the self-proclaimed ''Phantom of the Process,'' waved his arms toward the crowd and exhorted them to get louder. Sixers fans started tailgating in the sports complex about seven hours before tipoff and one group posted a sign on their tent that read ''Saturdays Are For The Process.'' The Sixers had a blue-out and gave away free T-shirts in preparation of their first playoff game since 2012.

''There is a gratitude that I have, we have. Finally, here we are and our fans genuinely have something to be proud of with us,'' Brown said.

The Game 1 victory sure didn't surprise Embiid.

He had already mapped out the 76ers' road to an NBA championship on his Instagram feed.

''It's about that time!!! (hash)Playoffs (hash)PhantomofTheProcess

Embiid posted a photo burst of teams in order of a potential road toward a Process title. He started with the Heat, followed by Boston, then a picture of him hugging Cleveland's LeBron James, and ending with Embiid looking at Golden State's Draymond Green.

The Heat would swipe left on the collage.

For a half, the Heat got what they needed against one of the NBA's toughest teams and James Johnson and Kelly Olynyk helped them take a 60-56 lead at the break. Olynyk led the Heat with 26 points.

The Sixers, who set an NBA record with 16 straight wins to end the season, got the rout in full swing with a raucous crowd behind them. The Heat shot 26 percent in the third and were outscored 34-18.

''We all felt good going into the second half and they kind of unleashed a fury of tough shots,'' Olynyk said.

Simmons assisted on Ilyasova's 3 and then hit a jumper for a 66-63 lead. Dario Saric, who the Sixers waited for two years to come over while he played overseas, also buried a 3 off an assist from Simmons. Simmons made a statue out of Olynyk, crossing him up and busting through for a two-handed slam that brought down the house.

All that was left was the ''Trust the Process!'' chants and they rang out inside the Wells Fargo Center once Saric buried a 3 in the fourth for a 109-87 lead.

''The atmosphere was amazing,'' Simmons said.

So were the Sixers.

TIP-INS

Heat: G Goran Dragic was back in the starting lineup after missing the season finale with a sore knee.

76ers: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was at the game. ... Hall of Famer Allen Iverson received a roaring standing ovation and former Eagles star running back LeSean McCoy was at the game.

FADE TO BLACK

Embiid's bell ringing made him more of a factor in the game than Hassan Whiteside. Whiteside had just two points and he didn't seem pleased at one point with coach Erik Spoelstra.

''It's not about him,'' Spoelstra said. ''This series and this game, it's going to move quickly. It's not necessarily an indictment to his (play).''

UP NEXT

Game 2 is Monday in Philadelphia.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:51   Ben Simmons missed turnaround jump shot  
11:49   Defensive rebound by Hassan Whiteside  
11:30 +2 James Johnson made driving layup, assist by Josh Richardson 2-0
11:15   Lost ball turnover on JJ Redick, stolen by Tyler Johnson  
11:10   Goran Dragic missed driving layup, blocked by Robert Covington  
11:09   Offensive rebound by Goran Dragic  
11:09   Shooting foul on Dario Saric  
11:09 +1 Tyler Johnson made 1st of 2 free throws 3-0
11:09 +1 Tyler Johnson made 2nd of 2 free throws 4-0
10:58 +3 Robert Covington made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Amir Johnson 4-3
10:44   Goran Dragic missed hook shot  
10:42   Offensive rebound by Hassan Whiteside  
10:41 +3 Goran Dragic made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Hassan Whiteside 7-3
10:26   Ben Simmons missed finger-roll layup, blocked by Hassan Whiteside  
10:23   Offensive rebound by Ben Simmons  
10:22   Ben Simmons missed hook shot  
10:20   Offensive rebound by Amir Johnson  
10:18 +3 Marco Belinelli made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Amir Johnson 7-6
10:00   Goran Dragic missed driving layup  
9:58   Defensive rebound by Ben Simmons  
9:54   Robert Covington missed floating jump shot  
9:50   Defensive rebound by Tyler Johnson  
9:39   Shooting foul on Amir Johnson  
9:39 +1 James Johnson made 1st of 2 free throws 8-6
9:39   James Johnson missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
9:37   Defensive rebound by Ben Simmons  
9:27   Marco Belinelli missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:23   Defensive rebound by James Johnson  
9:17   Tyler Johnson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:14   Defensive rebound by Robert Covington  
9:10   Shooting foul on Josh Richardson  
9:10 +1 Ben Simmons made 1st of 2 free throws 8-7
9:10 +1 Ben Simmons made 2nd of 2 free throws 8-8
8:56   Out of bounds turnover on James Johnson  
8:47 +2 Dario Saric made alley-oop shot, assist by Ben Simmons 8-10
8:32   Tyler Johnson missed floating jump shot  
8:27   Defensive rebound by Marco Belinelli  
8:20   Dario Saric missed driving layup, blocked by Hassan Whiteside  
8:17   Offensive rebound by Marco Belinelli  
8:14   Lost ball turnover on Ben Simmons, stolen by Josh Richardson  
8:12   Shooting foul on Robert Covington  
8:12 +1 Josh Richardson made 1st of 2 free throws 9-10
8:12 +1 Josh Richardson made 2nd of 2 free throws 10-10
8:01 +3 Marco Belinelli made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Robert Covington 10-13
7:39   Personal foul on Ben Simmons  
7:30 +2 Tyler Johnson made jump shot, assist by James Johnson 12-13
7:19 +2 Ben Simmons made driving dunk 12-15
6:58   Josh Richardson missed jump shot  
6:54   Defensive rebound by Amir Johnson  
6:50 +2 Robert Covington made layup, assist by Ben Simmons 12-17
6:24   Hassan Whiteside missed floating jump shot  
6:22   Defensive rebound by Ersan Ilyasova  
6:06 +2 Marco Belinelli made layup, assist by Ben Simmons 12-19
5:51   James Johnson missed jump shot  
5:48   Offensive rebound by Hassan Whiteside  
5:45   Lost ball turnover on Hassan Whiteside, stolen by Marco Belinelli  
5:37   Ersan Ilyasova missed driving layup  
5:33   Defensive rebound by Josh Richardson  
5:29 +2 Hassan Whiteside made layup, assist by James Johnson 14-19
5:19   Out of bounds turnover on Ben Simmons  
5:02 +3 James Johnson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Wayne Ellington 17-19
4:44   Dario Saric missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:42   Defensive rebound by Goran Dragic  
4:32 +2 Kelly Olynyk made reverse layup, assist by Goran Dragic 19-19
4:32   Shooting foul on Ersan Ilyasova  
4:32 +1 Kelly Olynyk made free throw 20-19
4:16 +3 JJ Redick made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ben Simmons 20-22
3:54 +2 Dwyane Wade made dunk, assist by Kelly Olynyk 22-22
3:41   JJ Redick missed jump shot  
3:37   Defensive rebound by Kelly Olynyk  
3:32   Shooting foul on Richaun Holmes  
3:32 +1 Dwyane Wade made 1st of 2 free throws 23-22
3:32 +1 Dwyane Wade made 2nd of 2 free throws 24-22
3:22   Ben Simmons missed hook shot  
3:19   Defensive rebound by Kelly Olynyk  
3:11 +3 Wayne Ellington made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Justise Winslow 27-22
2:56   Ben Simmons missed jump shot  
2:52   Defensive rebound by Justise Winslow  
2:46 +3 Kelly Olynyk made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Justise Winslow 30-22
2:30   Shooting foul on Justise Winslow  
2:30   Ben Simmons missed 1st of 2 free throws  
2:30   Team rebound  
2:30 +1 Ben Simmons made 2nd of 2 free throws 30-23
2:13 +2 Dwyane Wade made jump shot 32-23
2:00   Ersan Ilyasova missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:56   Defensive rebound by Dwyane Wade  
1:51   Bad pass turnover on Dwyane Wade, stolen by Ben Simmons  
1:46   Ersan Ilyasova missed layup, blocked by Wayne Ellington  
1:43   Defensive rebound by Wayne Ellington  
1:39 +3 Kelly Olynyk made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Justise Winslow 35-23
1:21 +2 Ben Simmons made driving dunk, assist by Robert Covington 35-25
1:02   Offensive foul on Kelly Olynyk  
1:02   Offensive foul on Kelly Olynyk  
0:48   JJ Redick missed jump shot  
0:47   Defensive rebound by Wayne Ellington  
0:37   Dwyane Wade missed jump shot  
0:37   Team rebound  
0:31   Markelle Fultz missed jump shot  
0:28   Defensive rebound by Dwyane Wade  
0:11   Lost ball turnover on Justise Winslow, stolen by Markelle Fultz  
0:04 +3 Robert Covington made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by JJ Redick 35-28
0:02   Bad pass turnover on Justise Winslow, stolen by Markelle Fultz  
0:00   Shooting foul on Justise Winslow  
0:00   Markelle Fultz missed 1st of 2 free throws  
0:00   Team rebound  
0:00 +1 Markelle Fultz made 2nd of 2 free throws 35-29
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:44   Wayne Ellington missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:40   Offensive rebound by Kelly Olynyk  
11:40   Kelly Olynyk missed dunk  
11:40   Offensive rebound by Kelly Olynyk  
11:40   Shooting foul on Robert Covington  
11:40   Kelly Olynyk missed 1st of 2 free throws  
11:40   Team rebound  
11:40   Kelly Olynyk missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
11:37   Defensive rebound by Dario Saric  
11:17   Dario Saric missed reverse layup, blocked by Bam Adebayo  
11:15   Defensive rebound by Josh Richardson  
11:10 +2 Kelly Olynyk made dunk, assist by Josh Richardson 37-29
10:58   Marco Belinelli missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:53   Offensive rebound by Robert Covington  
10:53   Robert Covington missed dunk  
10:52   Defensive rebound by Bam Adebayo  
10:42   Dwyane Wade missed driving layup  
10:40   Defensive rebound by Ersan Ilyasova  
10:32 +2 Ersan Ilyasova made layup, assist by Dario Saric 37-31
10:20   Josh Richardson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:19   Defensive rebound by Ersan Ilyasova  
10:13 +3 Ersan Ilyasova made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Markelle Fultz 37-34
9:53   Personal foul on Marco Belinelli  
9:39   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
9:27 +2 Marco Belinelli made finger-roll layup, assist by Markelle Fultz 37-36
9:08   Shooting foul on Ersan Ilyasova  
9:08   Dwyane Wade missed 1st of 2 free throws  
9:08   Team rebound  
9:08 +1 Dwyane Wade made 2nd of 2 free throws 38-36
8:53 +3 Dario Saric made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Marco Belinelli 38-39
8:38   5-second inbounding violation turnover  
8:31   Personal foul on Dwyane Wade  
8:23   Marco Belinelli missed jump shot  
8:21   Team rebound  
8:21   Personal foul on Hassan Whiteside  
8:14 +2 Dario Saric made layup, assist by Ben Simmons 38-41
7:54   Wayne Ellington missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:50   Defensive rebound by Ben Simmons  
7:48   Personal foul on Wayne Ellington  
7:46   Personal foul on Goran Dragic  
7:37   Dario Saric missed reverse layup  
7:35   Defensive rebound by Hassan Whiteside  
7:27   Lost ball turnover on Hassan Whiteside, stolen by Marco Belinelli  
7:22   Marco Belinelli missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:18   Defensive rebound by Josh Richardson  
7:07 +2 James Johnson made driving layup, assist by Josh Richardson 40-41
6:59   Personal foul on Josh Richardson  
6:59 +1 Marco Belinelli made 1st of 2 free throws 40-42
6:59   Marco Belinelli missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
6:56   Defensive rebound by Justise Winslow  
6:51   Goran Dragic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:48   Defensive rebound by Dario Saric  
6:34   Bad pass turnover on JJ Redick, stolen by Josh Richardson  
6:30 +2 Justise Winslow made dunk, assist by James Johnson 42-42
6:25   Offensive foul on Ben Simmons  
6:25   Offensive foul on Ben Simmons  
6:13   Goran Dragic missed finger-roll layup  
6:13   Team rebound  
6:13   Personal foul on Kelly Olynyk  
6:13 +1 Robert Covington made 1st of 2 free throws 42-43
6:13   Robert Covington missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
6:11   Defensive rebound by Kelly Olynyk  
6:00   Bad pass turnover on Goran Dragic, stolen by JJ Redick  
5:52   Ben Simmons missed reverse layup  
5:47   Offensive rebound by Ben Simmons  
5:47 +2 Ben Simmons made dunk 42-45
5:43   Personal foul on Robert Covington  
5:43   Personal foul on Amir Johnson  
5:43 +1 Goran Dragic made free throw 43-45
5:35   Lost ball turnover on Goran Dragic, stolen by Ben Simmons  
5:18   Dario Saric missed jump shot  
5:14   Offensive rebound by Amir Johnson  
5:13   JJ Redick missed 3-pt. floating jump shot  
5:12   Team rebound  
5:10   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
4:56 +2 Kelly Olynyk made finger-roll layup 45-45
4:40 +2 JJ Redick made layup, assist by Amir Johnson 45-47
4:28 +2 James Johnson made driving layup, assist by Goran Dragic 47-47
4:20   Traveling violation turnover on Ben Simmons  
4:11   Justise Winslow missed turnaround jump shot  
4:08   Defensive rebound by Ben Simmons  
4:02   Ersan Ilyasova missed driving layup  
4:02   Team rebound  
4:02   Traveling violation turnover on Ersan Ilyasova  
3:50   Justise Winslow missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:46   Offensive rebound by Goran Dragic  
3:38 +2 Goran Dragic made reverse layup 49-47
3:28   Marco Belinelli missed driving layup  
3:25   Defensive rebound by Justise Winslow  
3:23   Kelly Olynyk missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:20   Offensive rebound by Justise Winslow  
3:18 +2 Justise Winslow made floating jump shot 51-47
3:08   Personal foul on James Johnson  
3:08 +1 Ben Simmons made 1st of 2 free throws 51-48
3:08   Ben Simmons missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
3:04   Ersan Ilyasova missed dunk  
3:04   Offensive rebound by Ersan Ilyasova  
3:03   Offensive rebound by Amir Johnson  
3:02   Amir Johnson missed dunk  
3:00   Offensive rebound by Ben Simmons  
3:01   Out of bounds turnover on Ben Simmons  
2:41   Kelly Olynyk missed driving layup  
2:38   Defensive rebound by Ersan Ilyasova  
2:22   Ersan Ilyasova missed driving layup  
2:18   Offensive rebound by Ersan Ilyasova  
2:18 +2 Ersan Ilyasova made dunk 51-50
2:11   Personal foul on T.J. McConnell  
2:11 +1 Goran Dragic made 1st of 2 free throws 52-50
2:11 +1 Goran Dragic made 2nd of 2 free throws 53-50
2:03   Personal foul on Goran Dragic  
2:03 +1 Marco Belinelli made 1st of 2 free throws 53-51
2:03 +1 Marco Belinelli made 2nd of 2 free throws 53-52
1:51   Goran Dragic missed jump shot  
1:47   Defensive rebound by Ersan Ilyasova  
1:47   Out of bounds turnover on Ersan Ilyasova  
1:41   Offensive goaltending turnover on Bam Adebayo  
1:26 +2 Amir Johnson made hook shot 53-54
1:11 +3 Tyler Johnson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by James Johnson 56-54
0:56   Marco Belinelli missed fade-away jump shot  
0:54   Defensive rebound by Tyler Johnson  
0:34 +3 James Johnson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dwyane Wade 59-54
0:26   Shooting foul on Dwyane Wade  
0:26 +1 Markelle Fultz made 1st of 2 free throws 59-55
0:26 +1 Markelle Fultz made 2nd of 2 free throws 59-56
0:01   James Johnson missed floating jump shot  
0:01   Personal foul on Marco Belinelli  
0:01   Team rebound  
0:01 +1 Kelly Olynyk made 1st of 2 free throws 60-56
0:01   Kelly Olynyk missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
0:00   Defensive rebound by Ersan Ilyasova  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:45   James Johnson missed jump shot  
11:41   Defensive rebound by Ersan Ilyasova  
11:28   Dario Saric missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:23   Defensive rebound by James Johnson  
11:06