The League Pass darlings Brooklyn Nets fell in Game 3 to the Philadelphia 76ers 131-115. The Sixers are up 2-1 in their first-round series against the #WeGoHard squad.
Joel Embiid was out due to an injury, Brooklyn upped its pettiness against Ben Simmons, and the underdog city regained home court in their first-round series.
Just as I wrote a story about Caris LeVert activating Rocky mode and single-handedly trying to will the Nets to victory in Game 3, the boy wonder J.J. Redick stroked four three-pointers in the third quarter to help lift the Sixers over the overwhelmed Nets.
Ben Simmons led all scorers with 31 points while Embiid watched in a tailored suit. Tobias Harris scored 29 points and didn’t miss any of his six three-point shots, and Redick contributed 26 points to pace the Sixers. Simmons even went 9-11 from the charity stripe (Redick missed two free throws in this game).
Social media favorite Boban Marjanovic — a.k.a. the Giant from “Big Fish” — and Greg Monroe helped to expose the Nets’ interior defense with a combined 23 points in Embiid’s absence.
This is how the series was meant to go, after all. The Sixers are more talented and their starting five carried the night, minus Embiid (is it too soon to dub him Mr. Glass?).
The Sixers have skilled players. They are not a reliable threat from 3-point land, but still out-shot the Nets. And the Nets starting unit (beside Deangelo Russell) laid an egg at home.
It was cute in Game 1. But this was the first playoff game in Brooklyn in five years against a “vulnerable” team in the first round. Caris LeVert went Rocky mode in the second quarter, but the rest of the Sixers went Clubber Lang all over the Nets.
Unless Kenny Atkinson can find his next chess move before Game 4 on Saturday, the Nets may be on their way home from the first train out of Philadelphia following Game 5.