Eastern Conference First Round (Philadelphia 4, Miami 1)
Game 1-April 14 (Miami 103, Philadelphia 130): Kelly Olynyk is no stranger to the postseason. Remember his performance in Game 7 of the 2017 Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Wizards? While Saturday night didn’t result in a victory, Olynyk was ready to rock from the very moment he stepped onto the court in Philadelphia. In fact, the 7-footer had a game-high 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting in the first half, including a nifty drive against an ill-fated Dario Šarić. As the game progressed, Olynyk continued to mix up his offensive approach with strong finishes inside and shots from beyond the arc. He also had a nice sequence in defensive transition against Robert Covington late in the third. In all, Olynyk led the HEAT with 26 points on 9-of-13 shooting and also had seven rebounds and two assists.
Game 2-April 16 (Miami 113, Philadelphia 103): While Dwyane Wade hit a dagger jumper to seal the victory, he also defended a few guys, including Ben Simmons down the stretch. In all, Wade led the HEAT with 28 points on 11-of-16 shooting to go along with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and a team-high plus-16 rating.
Game 3-April 19 (Philadelphia 128, Miami 108): Although Goran Dragić had a nice start to the game and really took advantage from the free-throw line in the first half, Philadelphia didn’t know what was coming in the third. The Slovenian simply went off in the period, as he weaved his way around screens for jumpers, hit a catch-and-shoot three and finished a fantastic play on the break thanks to a great block from James Johnson on Dario Šarić. Otherwise in the contest, the 31-year-old got into the paint and set up his teammates with some great passes. In all, Dragić led Miami with 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting and eight assists.
Game 4-April 21 (Philadelphia 106, Miami 102): Like he’s done multiple times before in his career, Dwyane Wade led Miami with 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting in the fourth quarter and came through with a very tough and-one finish between Dario Šarić and Joel Embiid. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t enough in the end. In all, Wade scored a game-high 25 points and also had three rebounds, three steals and an assist.
Game 5-April 24 (Miami 91, Philadelphia 104):As usual, Kelly Olynyk kept the ball moving all night and did his usual damage off nifty drives and smart rolls to the basket, including one in the third quarter that resulted in an and-one finish. As the game progressed, Olynyk continued to leave the 76ers guessing and led the HEAT with seven points on 3-of-4 shooting in the fourth. In all, KO led the team with 18 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals. Talk about stuffing the stat sheet.