Simmons triple-double leads 76ers to Game 2 win over Nets

Carrie Guzman
April 16, 2019

Both No. 2s lost, and the Brooklyn Nets won the game and the crowd in Philadelphia, where home fans turned on the third-seeded 76ers during an ugly performance. While Curry remains a key player in this series, the biggest and most obvious headache for Doc Rivers and the Clippers has got to be how they will defend Kevin Durant.

Simmons had a disastrous Game 1, on the court (nine points) and from a PR perspective after he criticized fans for booing during a game the Sixers were never really in.

The Nets weren't favored to win the first game, but they still did it anyway. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, took a 1-0 series lead with a 111-102 win in Philly.

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.

Joel Embiid is questionable to play. The All-Star centre filled up the box score with 11 points, four rebounds, an assist and a steal in the run.

For Denver, with Jamal Murray shooting at a 33 percent clip, they needed Jokic, and Jokic had a triple-double with 10 points, 14 rebounds, and 14 assists, but they'll likely need more offensively from him if Murray continues to struggle.

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. They shot poorly, particularly from three, which was a problem all down the stretch of the regular season; but they didn't play poorly.

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D'Angelo Russell scored 26 points to lead Brooklyn to the victory.

Jimmy Butler seemed to be the only one that truly came to play all game.

Having a reliable bench is great, especially when the 76ers' depth is widely considered to be their biggest weakness. "I thought Joel's lack of playing and his inevitable lack of conditioning, which is connected, didn't let us try to go to him as much as I wished in just basic paint touches".

The series now heads up to Brooklyn for Game 3 Thursday tied, 1-1. "What do we do to help him most now?" While his playoff play has been up and down in his career, you know he's a veteran and he ended the regular season on an absolute tear. Before locking in any Nets vs. Sixers picks or any National Basketball Association predictions for Monday, you'll want to see what the SportsLine Projection Model is saying. "In the end I think we just got to do better". While the loss was a big story, the bigger narrative involved an incident on the bench with Joel Embiid and Amir Johnson. He scored 22 points with 15 rebounds, five blocks and four assists, but even his strong showing wasn't enough.

Philly, on the other hand, was burdened by foul trouble, as Redick wasn't able to stay on the floor much.

Philadelphia took a 116-87 lead into the fourth after Scott hit a buzzer-beating jumper. "They show us a lot of love", Embiid said. In Game 2, it worked out quite well.

Jimmy Butler was Philadelphia's best player in the opener.

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