Three teams are officially moving on into the second round of the NBA Playoffs after Wednesday night. Two of them just so happen to be the #1 seeds in their respective conferences, and all three that moved on did so via 4-1 series wins. The Philadelphia 76ers downed the Washington Wizards 129-112 despite not having the services of Joel Embiid. Seth Curry scored 30 points while Ben Simmons did a little bit of everything, producing a triple-double that included 19 points, 11 assists, and ten rebounds. We also know who they’ll be facing in the second round, and that team is the Atlanta Hawks. They went to Madison Square Garden and finished off the New York Knicks 103-89 in Game 5.
Trae Young played the role of villain perfectly, scoring 36, including a massively long three-pointer deep in the contest that riled up the crowd. Now, the Sixers will be pitted against them, though the fans were already clamoring for a much-anticipated match-up with the Brooklyn Nets… The Utah Jazz, the #1 seed out West, also made sure to punch their tickets to the second round after defeating the Memphis Grizzlies. They did so by a score of 126-110, winning four in a row, to secure their passage. Donovan Mitchell had 30 points and ten assists, making sure his team didn’t slide from a 3-1 advantage this time around. Rudy Gobert was also a monster, collecting 15 rebounds and dropping 23 points in the victory. They will now await the winner of the Dallas Mavericks/Los Angeles Clippers series. That one swung back Dallas’ way on Wednesday, as Luka Doncic scored 42 points and dished out 12 assists (he was two rebounds shy of a triple-double) in a 105-100 triumph. Neither team has won at home yet, and now the Mavs have a chance to do so in order to advance.