NO JOJO, NO BIGGIE: SIXERS PUMMEL WIZ TO REACH 2ND ROUND!

By Jerry Wein

The were missing MVP finalist Joel Embiid, who sat out last night because of a sore knee.

It mattered not a whit as they pummeled the Washington Wizards in game 5 of the first-round playoff series.

As the Washington Post’s Ava Wallace wrote:

The Sixers simply turned to 35-year-old Dwight Howard to dunk and hang from rims, stirring the bench into a frenzy during a 129-112 clinching victory.

They relied on Tyrese Maxey to drive for layups and get the crowd at Wells Fargo Center on its feet.

They had Furkan Korkmaz to drill their three-pointers.

And all that was after Tobias Harris and Seth Curry (above) had combined to score 48 points through three quarters.

The Wizards ended their season with a 4-1 series loss to a Philadelphia team that was deeper, more consistent and more energized than Washington — even without its best player.

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