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76ers escape first-round series vs. Wizards despite Joel Embiid injury, but far stiffer test awaits vs. Hawks

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Before the Philadelphia 76ers played Game 5 of their first-round series against the Washington Wizards Wednesday, Ben Simmons and Seth Curry played “Call of Duty.” Simmons told reporters after the win that during that gaming session, he told Curry that the Sixers needed 30 points out of him. Curry carried the Philadelphia offense without Embiid on Wednesday, and he’ll have to keep that up against a far less forgiving Hawks defense.

The 76ers did just fine in that arena with Embiid, making nearly 39 percent of their 3-pointers in their first games against the Wizards, but aside from Curry and Tobias Harris, they made just four of their 16 other attempts from behind the arc in Game 5. Simmons will need scoring support from the entire roster, and if he gets it, Philadelphia will have a real chance at advancing to the Eastern Conference finals with or without Embiid.

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