The Philadelphia 76ers have defeated the Brooklyn Nets 123-117. The Nets fall to 37-18, good for 2nd in the Eastern Conference. On the other hand, the 76ers improve to 38-17, good for 1st in the Eastern Conference.
The game got off to a competitive start. The game was very close throughout the quarter, as there were 2 lead changes and 1 tie. Although he had 10 points in the quarter, Joel Embiid got off to a cold start. Embiid shot 3 for 9 from the field, including 2 for 4 from 3 for 10 points. DeAndre Jordan was doing a phenomenal job on both sides of the ball. In addition to playing good defense on Embiid, Jordan added 6 points and 11 rebounds. Jeff Green also had a good quarter with 6 points, but also with 3 turnovers. Kyrie Irving also had a great quarter with 10 points and 4 assists. The 76ers were capitalizing off the Nets 5 turnovers, scoring 10 points off of them. Philadelphia, on the other hand, had 0 turnovers. At the end of the 1st quarter, the 76ers led 32-28.
The 76ers were very hot from 3 point land. The 76ers shot 7 for 11, 64% from 3 in the half. This propelled the 76ers to go on a 12-2 run to take a 48-36 after leading by just 2 earlier in the quarter. Tobias Harris was cooking for the 76ers, easily scoring post up after post up on the smaller Nets. Harris went 7 for 9 from the field with 15 points in the half. Despite the Nets continued lapses on defense, Irving was keeping the Nets within striking distance. Whenever Irving was out of the game, the Nets found trouble scoring and this led to the Nets nearly double digit deficit. Finally, the 76ers led 65-58 at the end of the 2nd quarter.
For the Nets to take the lead and finish out the game, they will need to take better care of the basketball. Brooklyn had 9 turnovers in the first half, compared to Philadelphia’s 3. Philadelphia scored 17 points off the Nets turnovers, whereas the Nets only capitalized for 2 points off of Philadelphia turnovers. Additionally, Brooklyn will need to defend better as a whole. There were multiple possessions where it looked like the Nets asleep on defense and this led to easy scores for the 76ers. Furthermore, the Nets thin bench will need to step up. Of the Nets 58 first half points, only 4 of them came from the bench unit. If the bench cannot pick up the slack and scoring efforts when Irving is not in the game, Brooklyn may not be able to pull off this upset win.
Embiid was dominating early in the second half, willing Philadelphia to a 77-63 14 point lead, this being their biggest lead of the game. The 76ers stellar defense was able to lead to a lot of their scores. Philadelphia continued pouring it on the second half and there was nothing Brooklyn was doing about it. Embiid was hitting shot after shot and getting to the free throw line with ease. After trailing 85-69, the Nets went on a 8-0 to cut their deficit back to 8. While the 76ers offense was very good, the Nets defense was just poor. The 76ers were not missing, as they were even hitting circus shots while getting fouled as well. At the end of the 3rd quarter, the 76ers led 94-84.
A 18-6 start to the 4th quarter gave Philadelphia a 112-90 21 point lead. At this point of the 4th quarter, the Nets threw in the towel and allowed the reserves to play the rest of the game. However, the reserves played amazing. They went on a 27-11 run to finish the game. Halfway through the quarter, the Nets reserves even forced 76ers coach Doc Rivers hand to put his starters back in. Despite Brooklyn outscoring Philadelphia 33-29, it was not enough to get them the win. Philadelphia was able to hang on for a 123-117 win.
Upcoming Game for the Nets
Brooklyn will be off tomorrow as they travel back to Brooklyn. On Friday, the Nets will take on the Charlotte Hornets. The game will start at 7:30 PM EST and will be broadcasted on YES2.
Performances of Note
Kyrie Irving – 37 points, 9 assists, 2 steals, 13-22 FG, 10-10 FT, 33 minutes
Landry Shamet – 17 points, 4-10 FG, 1-5 3PT, 8-9 FT, 36 minutes
Jeff Green – 15 points, 4 rebounds, 7-14 FG, 1-5 3PT, 28 minutes
Bruce Brown – 14 points, 5 rebounds, 4-8 FG, 1-2 3PT, 5-5 FT, 31 minutes
DeAndre Jordan – 12 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists, 6-7 FG, 26 minutes
Joel Embiid – 39 points, 13 rebounds, 2 blocks, 13-29 FG, 3-6 3PT, 10-11 FT, 33 minutes
Tobias Harris – 26 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks, 11-17 FG, 2-3 3PT, 34 minutes
Ben Simmons – 17 points, 4 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 steals, 6-11 FG, 5-8 FT, 34 minutes
Shake Milton – 15 points, 4 assists, 6-8 FG, 3-4 3PT, 25 minutes