PHILADELPHIA – Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers did what they were supposed to against the Brooklyn Nets. They beat an inferior opponent in five games to advance in the NBA playoffs. The series was packed with drama, thanks to Brooklyn ambushing Philadelphia in Game 1 and Jared Dudley inserting himself into the public discourse. The game-to-game theatre was compelling, but any suspense in the series result was removed when the series shifted to Brooklyn last Thursday. Two road victories by Philadelphia served as the precursor to their 122-100 demolition of the Nets in Game 5.
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