Brooklyn Nets Lead Off Postseason With Upset Of Philadelphia 76ers

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Ben Simmons only took nine shots and scored nine points. "I'm focused on the Brooklyn Nets".

After starting slowly, Embiid fueled a 21-2 blitz to start the third to turn a 65-64 halftime lead to an 86-66 edge. Jimmy is made for the playoffs because its tight defense and Jimmy is the best 1on1 guy Philly has apart from Joel Embiid (when he is in the paint, he remains a work in progress outside of it). They allowed the Nets to score 31 points in each of the first three quarters and struggled to make both free throws and 3 pointers. Dr. David J Chao, who has gained notoriety for diagnosing National Football League injuries in real time on his Twitter account, believes that Embiid's injury is a long-term issue. PF Tobias Harris was the game's biggest disappointment as he finished with just four points on 2-for-7 from the field. Both teams came in below their regular-season scoring averages in the series opener.

Brooklyn's star point guard D'Angelo Russell was ice-cold to start the game, but ended up posting a team-high 26 points against Philadelphia. Jimmy Butler stepped up with a playoff career-high 36 points but was about the only bright spot.

"I apologise for having my phone on the bench in today's game", Johnson said in a statement released hours after the game by the 76ers.

Granted, Simmons did walk his initial comments back nearly immediately, saying that "It's Philly".

The Philadelphia 76ers are -7.5 and the total for this game is listed at 225 on Monday. Game 2 was much different, as the raucous crowd had plenty to cheer about.

The Sixers look their best when Simmons is in attack mode and the Aussie found his way to the basket at will early in this one, forcing the Nets' defence to collapse on him at the basket, but there wasn't much they could do to stop him.

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Saturday's game made Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich the winningest coach in National Basketball Association history, as he saw his 1,413th victory, both regular season and playoffs combined.

Six Nets players scored in the double digits in the important win, and they never gave up the lead they built in the late first quarter. "So I mean, a few years ago we were winning ten games".

It's amusing, Embiid seemed quiet in his 12 first-half minutes, but had 10 points and five boards. He scored 22 points with 15 rebounds, five blocks and four assists, but even his strong showing wasn't enough.

It seems likely that the All-Star center will suit up, but as far as how many minutes he could see, that'll be the big question.

Philadelphia took a 116-87 lead into the fourth after Scott hit a buzzer-beating jumper.

Philly outrebounded Brooklyn 49-32 on the night, with Embiid (10), Simmons (8) and Marjanovic (8) doing the bulk of the damage on the glass. They show us love.

While his numbers don't leap off the page, Dudley's presence on the defensive end, poking away passes, playing the passing lanes and bothering the Sixers bigs was something that was sorely lacking in Game 2.

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