(CBS) PHILADELPHIA — The Wells Fargo Center was rocking as the Sixers won Game 1 of their NBA Playoff series against the Washington Wizards. In the Sixers’ triumph on Sunday afternoon, Tobias Harris led the team with 37 points, while Ben Simmons had a double-double with 15 rebounds and 15 assists.
While the Wells Fargo Center isn’t exactly at full capacity, the audience in South Philadelphia seemed like it was.
A fan described the atmosphere as “wild,” adding that “every time a bucket was scored, everybody was yelling.”
Another fan remarked, “I thought the roof was going to come off because that’s how it felt.”
It was the Sixers’ first playoff game in more than two years in South Philadelphia, and head coach Doc Rivers couldn’t believe only 11,160 people showed up.
“I can’t believe that was ten to eleven thousand people,” Rivers added. “It felt like there were 30,000 people in the audience. They were fantastic; let’s keep it up.”
During his postgame press conference, Danny Green also acknowledged the supporters.
Green said their energy as “incredible.”
They came out with a bang and didn’t take their foot off the throttle pedal. After a foul was issued against MVP candidate Joel Embiid early in the first quarter, they began the classic “ref you suck” chant.
Throughout the game, fans chanted “MVP” to show their support for Embiid. As Embiid stood at the free-throw line at the end of the third quarter, a chorus of “Trust the Process” reverberated throughout the Wells Fargo Center.
Embiid scored 30 points in the game.
Ben Simmons had a double-double with 15 rebounds and 15 assists.
Doc Rivers stated, “I thought he was terrific tonight; anybody he guarded had difficulties scoring.” ” He’s a gem in this league, something you don’t see very frequently. All I see in him is greatness, and all I want him to do now is keep doing what he’s doing.”
The COVID-accredited COVID-accredited COVID-ac On Friday, 19 limitations were lifted, just in time for the Sixers playoffs to begin. The Wells Fargo Center can now hold up to 50% more people, virtually tripling the audience size, and fans are now separated by three feet instead of six.
“They put it up nicely in there, so even though there were only 10,000 people in there, it felt like it was packed,” a fan stated.
While indoors in Philadelphia, masks are still mandatory.
Fans are hoping that on June 11, Philadelphia will relax its limits once again, removing all capacity-related limits just in time for the NBA Finals’ second round.
The second game will be held in Philadelphia on Wednesday night.