PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ben Simmons thumped his chest after a large dunk , Joel Embiid pointed towards an overmatched defender on a slam of his personal, and the Philadelphia 76ers flexed their offensive muscle from the hole tip to overcome the Brooklyn Nets 120-100 on Tuesday night time and shut out their Japanese Convention playoff collection in 5 video games.
Up subsequent, a 2nd spherical collection in opposition to the Toronto Raptors, who dropped their playoff opener ahead of successful 4 directly in opposition to Orlando — the similar factor the Sixers did to Brooklyn.
Any overdue arrivals neglected the defining moments of the sport from a jovial Sixers workforce that liked toying with the sickly Nets.
The Sixers shocked the Nets with a 14-Zero run in entrance of the loudest and rowdiest packed area of the season.
Embiid once more shook off a nasty left knee and had six issues and 5 rebounds within the first two mins to chants of “MVP!” The Nets later trailed 20-2, and Simmons put an exclamation level at the surprising first quarter when he drove the paint and used a right-handed jam to make it 32-12 — with a thump of his chest for emphasis.
Brooklyn’s Jared Dudley was once soundly booed all the way through pregame introductions and every time he touched the ball within the first. Dudley had stirred hassle when he stated Simmons was once “reasonable” within the half-court. Dudley bumped Embiid in Recreation four, triggering a skirmish with Jimmy Butler that spilled into the stands. Dudley heard “Dudley sucks!” chants from opening tipoff and were given a view of this rout from the bench in the second one 1/2. He flashed a couple of smiles within the waning moments, his time as a playoff title over.
The groups tangled once more within the ultimate two mins, and the deep reserves needed to be separated. Sixers mascot Franklin ran out dressed in outsized gold boxing gloves to deliver a dose of levity to the ruckus.
Philadelphia’s Jonah Bolden and Greg Monroe, and Brooklyn’s Dzanan Musa and Radians Kurucs had been ejected.
Embiid were given the closing snigger in the second one quarter with a baseline dunk over Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and pointed on the hapless defender. Embiid was once hit with a technical however via then, who cared? Embiid buried a three from the highest of the arc that made it 41-17 and about blew the roof off the sector. Sixers normal supervisor Elton Emblem, who sits within the first row of the click seating, had his eyes locked at the scoreboard for every replay of the massive guy’s Three.
Embiid had 23 issues and 13 rebounds, Simmons had 13 issues and no starter performed greater than 27 mins in a sport that will have been referred to as off after the primary quarter.
Hollis-Jefferson scored 21 issues for the Nets, who head into the offseason after their first playoff collection since 2015.
“We’ve not long past via this. I am demise to look,” Nets trainer Kenny Atkinson stated ahead of the sport. “My wager is we pop out combating like lions.”
The Nets went out like lambs.
Emblem is as a lot to credit score for the Sixers’ good fortune as someone, the use of his rookie season as GM to orchestrate trades for Butler and Tobias Harris that saved Philly buzzing alongside in a 51-win season. However even ahead of the trades, the Sixers had been anticipated to make it this a long way within the playoffs. They did closing season and had been knocked out via Boston within the East semis in 5 video games. The midseason trades for Harris and Butler had been anticipated to push the Sixers to no less than the convention ultimate. Trainer Brett Brown has stated the objective is to play within the NBA Finals.
Brown understood ahead of the sport the Sixers nonetheless had to form as much as believe the collection a good fortune
“If we wish to shut out this collection, we need to do higher,” he stated.
The Sixers did, and now the Raptors are looking forward to what will have to be a extra aggressive collection.
Nets: Joe Harris, the NBA’s best Three-point shooter, hit his first one since Recreation 1 with the ranking smartly out of hand. Harris was once simply Three of 16 during the first 4 video games. … Nets normal supervisor Sean Marks was once suspended for the sport for getting into the referees’ locker room after Brooklyn’s loss to Philadelphia in Recreation four.
76ers: Their 29-point halftime lead was once the most important in playoff franchise historical past. The 31 issues allowed matched the bottom within the shot-clock technology.
The Raptors went Three-1 vs. the Sixers this season.
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