After the Philadelphia 76ers had been booed off their home courtroom in the opener of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff assortment, Nets Coach Kenny Atkinson had a feeling that they may punch once more laborious in Game 2.
“We expect a haymaker,” Atkinson said. “They’re too good, too well-coached. How are we going to react to it?” Atkinson said. As it turned out, not very successfully.
Propelled by a 51-point third quarter that tied an N.B.A. playoff file set by the Los Angeles Lakers once more in 1962, the 76ers flattened the Nets, 145-123, on Monday night time time to even their assortment at a sport apiece. The 145 elements by the Sixers moreover set a playoff franchise file; likewise it was the most elements the Nets have allowed in a playoff sport.
It was that kind of night time time.
The Nets had regarded sturdy early in the sport, trailing by merely a stage at halftime — 65-64 — nevertheless then obtained right here the 51-point onslaught in the third quarter. “I thought we did a good job holding the fort in the first half,” Atkinson said. “The third quarter was the story of the game.”
Philadelphia Coach Brett Brown said he thought the 76ers’ safety was the distinction in the sport, although the closing ranking would advocate in another case. Still, he cited guard Ben Simmons’s play in opposition to Nets star D’Angelo Russell, who was held scoreless in the second half.
Simmons accomplished with 18 elements, 10 rebounds and 12 assists after struggling in Game 1. Meanwhile, Joel Embiid had 23 elements and 10 elements for the Sixers after being restricted to 24 minutes in Game 1.
In Game 2, he regarded further cosy, bullying Nets center Jarrett Allen alongside together with his large physique and sharp elbows, though a sort of elbows led to him being charged with a flagrant foul.
In any case, there was no booing by the Philadelphia followers on Monday. By the fourth quarter, with the sport in hand for his or her group, the stands began to empty. With the assortment now tied at 1-1, the 76ers head to Brooklyn for video video games on Thursday and Saturday. And they would seem to have the momentum.
Indeed, with their dominating win on Monday, the 76ers distanced themselves from their playoff-opening flop and regarded further like a group with the East’s most proficient starting lineup — Embiid, Simmons, Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris and J.J. Redick.
Philadelphia moreover distanced itself from the criticism that erupted when 76ers center Amir Johnson was caught by TV cameras scrolling by means of his phone late in the fourth quarter of Game 1 alongside together with his group trailing. Johnson turned to Embiid on the bench and confirmed him the message on his phone. Johnson was subsequently fined for “conduct detrimental to the team” and he apologized in a assertion.
Simmons moreover confronted criticism after the assortment opener for his suggestions about the boos that stuffed Wells Fargo Center as the Nets pulled away. “If you’re going to boo, then stay on that side,” Simmons said. “That’s how I feel. If you’re a Sixers fan and you’re going to boo, stay on that side.”
On Monday, these boos had been modified by cheers. And by a lot of Sixers baskets.
And for the Nets, it was a humbling experience. Certainly, the third quarter was. “We can’t have another third quarter like we did,” Allen said. “We just let it blow open.”