The opening game was far from smooth but the Sixers pulled away late for a 125-118 victory.
They’ll need even more in Game 2 in order to even the series against the heavily favored Sixers.
“We didn’t play great at all and we were still in the game, still had an opportunity to win,” Beal said. “That’s what kind of keeps me going, keeps me motivated – the fact that I don’t think I played great. I don’t think I had a good game. I think we’ve still got a couple levels we could tap into from everybody across the board.”
Washington will continue to try and slow down Embiid with Robin Lopez, Alex Len and Daniel Gafford.