Philadelphia looks to close out against the Wizards

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Washington Wizards v Philadelphia 76ers

2020-21 NBA Playoffs

Eastern Conference First Round, Game 6
Friday 4 June 2021
Capital One Arena, Washington

The Philadelphia 76ers will look to close out against the Washington Wizards when the teams meet in a possible Game 6 clash for their NBA Playoff First Round series, set for the Capital One Arena in Washington on Friday 4 June 2021.

The 76ers were well in charge of the series at 3-0 up, but Game 4 earlier this week saw the Wizards remain alive thanks to a 122-114 victory. The teams will meet for a potential decider at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Thursday in which Washington must again upset the odds to keep the tie heading for a sixth game.

“Each guy thought they had to win the game for us,” Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers said about what happened to his team's offence after star man Joel Embiid limped off with a sore knee on Tuesday morning. “You've still got to play right. Tonight we didn’t play right, on either end.”

“Obviously, we need Joel to win. He's a big part of this team,” said Ben Simmons, who was targeted for repeated fouling by Washington and is likely to get similar treatment later this week.

Washington will need to rekindle the bulldog spirit that kept them alive in Game 4, according to coach Scott Brooks: “They [Philadelphia] are a very talented, experienced team. They are championship-ready right now.”

He added, “We got one more crack at it, that is what I told the guys; we want to play better and give ourselves one more chance to play better. But yeah, they got a lot of talented players that really know how to play.”

In head-to-head stats, the 76ers and the Wizards have met in 28 Playoff games since 1961-62, with Philadelphia claiming 16 wins compared to 12 for Washingron. The teams’ last Playoff series prior to 2020-21 was in 1985-86, with the 76ers winning 3-1 in a five-game series.

The winner of this Playoff series will advance to face the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference semifinals later this month.

Wizards v 76ers – 2020-21 Playoff series results thus far

Game 1: 76ers 125-118 Wizards
Game 2: 76ers 120-95 Wizards
Game 3: Wizards 103-132 76ers

Game 4: Wizards 122-114 76ers


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Published: 06/04/2021