Whatever the message was at halftime, it definitely worked.
The sixth-seeded Brooklyn Nets look for a surprising 2-0 series lead on the No. 3 76ers when the teams meet in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference playoff series on Monday night in Philadelphia. But they needed someone to step up and be the focal point of the offense, and D'Angelo Russell was more than happy to comply.
The Brooklyn Nets topped the Philadelphia 76ers 111-102 on Saturday, but the top story wasn't even on the court.
In the third, it was much of the same but with the Nets edging the 76ers out in the quarter and extending their lead out to 11 points, 93-82. The 145 points set a playoff franchise record. However, their Game 1 performance is a big concern. He was a man of his word from the opening tip ... literally.More news: Shikhar Dhawan: Eden Gardens pitch different to Delhi
After the halftime break, Philly came out guns blazing, taking it right to the Nets to build a big second-half lead that completely flipped the momentum of the game.
If the Nets can not get their starters going than Philly will run them out of the gym like they did in this one. Aside from hoping to silence the Nets and criticism over using a cell phone on the sideline during a loss, the 76ers will also have to silence the boos coming from their own fans in Game 2. After an excellent take and finish on Jarrett Allen, Simmons raised his arms up, urging the crowd to get louder.
This was the start of a historic quarter - the 76ers finished with 51 points in the frame, tying the all-time NBA Playoff record for points in a quarter.
Brown acknowledged the bind the Sixers find themselves in as they try to allow Embiid time to get healthy while trying to build momentum in the playoffs. He didn't attempt a field goal in his first seven minutes of action. Johnson showed All-Star Joel Embiid whatever message was on the phone and then slid it into his warmup trousers pocket. He used his size and speed to attack the lane and scored 16 points in the half en route to his second career post-season triple-double. The 76ers played one reserve for more than 20 minutes.More news: AP sources Pelicans hiring former Cavs GM Griffin
The Sixers shot a total of 25 threes on Saturday making only three of them.
Redick has been in these situations before. Ben Simmons has shown us that his inability to shoot is a much bigger problem in the playoffs than it tends to be in the regular season, and indeed he spent most of Game 1 getting in the way by doing pretty much nothing to the tune of nine points - most of which were at the end and pretty insignificant - on nine shots for a team-worst minus-21.
Pascal Siakam racked up 24 points and nine rebounds for the Raptors. We might lose, but you're alive - buy three more days.
It was good to see Harris finally get rolling. But the fact that it's after every single miss when shots are not going to fall (every time). Harris made five straight free throws and it must have made the basket grow from a pinhole to an ocean.More news: Southern storms kill 8; knock out power in Virginia