Series Update – The Philadelphia 76ers comprehensively beat the Brooklyn Nets 120-100 on Tuesday night to progress to the second round with a 4-1 in their Eastern Conference playoff series.
Joel Embiid had 23 points and 13 rebounds for the Sixers and Ben Simmons added 13 points.
With the game all but won in the first quarter, no starter played more than 27 minutes for the 76ers. Their 29-point halftime lead was the largest in NBA playoff franchise history.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 21 points for the Nets.
Up next for the Sixers is a second round series against the Toronto Raptors.
Game 5 Update – The Philadelphia 76ers beat the Brooklyn Nets 112-108 on Saturday to take a 3-1 series lead.
After having to sit out the last game with a sore left knee, Joel Embiid had 31 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists and six blocked shots for the Sixers, and supplied the pass to Mike Scott for the go-ahead 3-pointer with 18 seconds left. Tobias Harris had 24 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
Caris LeVert scored 25 points after coming into the Nets’ starting lineup. D’Angelo Russell and Jarrett Allen each added 21 points
Game 5 is Tuesday night in Philadelphia, where the 76ers will have the opportunity to close out the series.
#NBAPlayoffs: Joel Embiid had 31 points and 16 rebounds, and passed to Mike Scott for the go-ahead 3-pointer with 18 seconds left as the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Brooklyn Nets 112-108 on Saturday to take a 3-1 series lead.#HereTheyCome | #PhilaUnite— KYW Newsradio (@KYWNewsradio) April 20, 2019
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Game 4 Update – The Philadelphia 76ers beat the Brooklyn Nets 131-115 on Thursday night for a 2-1 lead in the first-round series.
Ben Simmons scored a career playoff-high 31 total points for the Sixers, while Tobias Harris added 29 points and 16 rebounds.
The Sixers’ All-Star center Joel Embiid was forced to sit the game out as his left knee felt too sore to play. Greg Monroe, who only made his Sixers debut on April 6, started in his place and had nine points and 13 rebounds.
D’Angelo Russell and Caris LeVert each scored 26 points for the Nets.
Game 4 is scheduled to take place on Saturday in Brooklyn.
Game 3 Update – The Philadelphia 76ers beat the Brooklyn Nets 145-123 on Monday night in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference first-round series to level the series at 1-1.
The 76ers’ 51 points in the 3rd quarter level the record for the most points scored by any team in a quarter in NBA playoff history.
Joel Embiid (who finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds in 21 minutes) featured after a game-time decision because of discomfort in his left knee. He also allayed any fears that he had picked up a potential left ankle injury in the 4th quarter.
The series now shifts to Brooklyn for Game 3 on Thursday.
Game 2 Update – It’s an advantage to the Brooklyn Nets after the opening game of their Eastern Conference Round 1 playoff with the Philadelphia 76ers after they won 111-102 on the road.
Philly lost despite Jimmy Butler dropping a playoff career-high 36 points. The Sixers were booed off the court by the home fans, although many had already left with about three minutes to go.
The Sixers’ superstar center, Joel Embiid, did feature despite being a doubt with tendinitis in his left knee. Embiid grimaced and looked lethargic at times and with just two days between Games 1 and 2, he could go back to the bench to try and get healthy.
Sixers' Joel Embiid on booing fans possibly affecting players during Game 1 loss to Nets: "The fact that it's after every single miss… Every miss shot, then you get booed, you get the next one, 'Should I shoot it or not because I'm about to get booed?' Some guys are like that." pic.twitter.com/rymoliAOmq— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) April 13, 2019
Philadelphia 76ers (51-31): The 76ers had one of the more talented teams in the NBA coming into the season and were expected to compete for the Eastern Conference title this year. When they acquired Jimmy Butler early in the year, their odds of following through on those expectations got better. But then they went and acquired another reliable scoring threat in Tobias Harris.
These guys went from Eastern Conference contenders to legitimate NBA title contenders.
With Joel Embiid leading the way, they will definitely be a force to be reckoned with in the playoffs. They definitely have an offense capable of leading them to the NBA Finals (115.2 points/game; 4th) and a defense that is good enough to make sure beating them is not easy (108.9; 13th).
As long as no one gets hurt, they could easily make a deep run in the postseason.
Brooklyn Nets (42-40): After making the playoffs their first three years in Brooklyn, the Nets have missed out the last three seasons. They were not expected to contend for a spot let alone actually earn one this season. While the team does have good players, they lack a marquee player that can put them over the top.
But they ended up proving that you can win without one as long as you are good (or at least good enough) at everything and not really bad at anything. That sums up their offensive and defensive production perfectly this season.
They ranked 15th in the NBA in both with 112.2 points/game and a defensive rating of 109.2. However, if they are going to win a game in the postseason, they will need to figure out a way to improve on both ends of the court.