Philadelphia would lead by as many as 26 points, and although things got a little sloppy early in the second half, the Sixers still led by 20 with less than a minute remaining in the third quarter.
Joel Embiid: 37 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, 4 blocks, 5 turnovers
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Quickly putting the fears to rest regarding the health of his knee, Joel Embiid had one of his best quarters ever to start Game 5. The big man shot 8-of-8 from the field for 17 points in the first quarter, hitting his jumpers and bullying Clint Capela and company down in the paint. Embiid finished the half with 24 points and 10 rebounds, having flashed both the Dirk fadeaway and the Hakeem Dream shake.