Sixers crush Nets to advance

Wednesday April 24 2019

Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers drives to the basket against Jarrett Allen #31 of the Brooklyn Nets in the third quarter of Game Five of Round One of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at the Wells Fargo Center on April 23, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. PHOTO | MITCHELL LEFF |

Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers drives to the basket against Jarrett Allen #31 of the Brooklyn Nets in the third quarter of Game Five of Round One of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at the Wells Fargo Center on April 23, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. PHOTO | MITCHELL LEFF |  AFP

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Joel Embiid led the Philadelphia 76ers into the NBA Eastern Conference playoff semi-finals on Tuesday with 23 points in a 122-120 blowout against the Brooklyn Nets.

After an ill-tempered Game Four where Embiid was at the centre of a mass brawl, the Sixers ruthlessly dispatched Brooklyn to claim a 4-1 series victory at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center.

The Sixers, who will now face the Toronto Raptors in the next round, were always in control after surging into a 17-point lead at the end of the first quarter.

They led 60-31 at half-time as Brooklyn's challenge effectively collapsed.

Embiid was again immense for Philadelphia, hauling in 13 rebounds to go with his points tally.