Friday’s 122-97 victory over the Orlando Magic gave Philadelphia its first No. 1 seed in the East in 20 years, something coach Doc Rivers said the team should not take for granted.
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“It means what we said we wanted to do at the start of the season was get that No. 1 seed,” Ben Simmons said. “Obviously have home-court advantage, but besides that, we’ve got to get ready for the playoffs. We’ve got one more game to finish out and then the real job starts. We put ourselves in a good position but ultimately we want to win the championship.”
Home-court advantage could be big for the Sixers; they hold the best home record in the East at 27-7, compared to a road record of 20-16.
“Being the top seed helps a lot from home-court advantage,” Embiid said. History has not been kind to No. 1 seeds out East since then.