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Nets vs Sixers: A look at Games 1 and 2

Nets vs Sixers: A look at Games 1 and 2

As the series shifts to Brooklyn for Game 3 on Thursday, there could be more boos in store for Simmons and the Sixers.

Game 2 in the series takes place in Philadelphia on Monday.

Now, Dudley isn't completely wrong with his view on Simmons' game, and the first two games of their opening-round playoff series are ideal examples.

Brett Brown says Amir Johnson's using his cellphone on the bench during the 76ers' Game 1 loss to the Nets is "completely unacceptable".

The 76ers shot the lights out in Game 2, posting 51 points in the third quarter.

And he gingerly moved back down the court, clearly limping on his left leg.

Poised for a postseason breakthrough, Russell flourished and hit a string of jumpers in the third that never let the Sixers seriously chip away at the lead.

The Nets win in Game 1 was no fluke.

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The Sixers hit 56.1 percent (55-for-98) overall and were 9-for-23 (39.1 percent) from deep after a 3-for-25 showing in Game 1.

Sixers center Joel Embiid earned some much-needed rest after igniting Philadelphia's record-tying 51-point third quarter. The two combined for just 13 points in the loss as game two is set for tonight.

In just 21 minutes, Joel Embiid scored 23 points and grabbed 10 boards in Game 2. Philadelphia is tied for 3 in field goal percentage as they shoot 48.9 percent from the floor. Simmons' playoff woes from past year continued in Game 1 as he only scored nine points on nine shots. Brooklyn was down six after the opening quarter and after trailing by double figures, cut the deficit to one at the half.

The Nets were unable to take their first 2-0 playoff lead since sweeping the Knicks in the 2004 first round, largely because they had few answers for Embiid.

The NBA playoffs started on Saturday as the Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic, San Antonio Spurs, and Golden State Warriors defeated their opponents to take the Game 1 lead. Brooklyn's bench group outscored the starters 80-43 in the game. Brooklyn is 15 in the league in scoring defense as they allow 123.5 points a game.

Embiid checked out with 7:02 remaining in the third and the Nets made a small dent, getting within 89-74 on a layup by Dinwiddie with 5:57 remaining.

The always reliable three-point shooter, JJ Redick only managed to score 5 points in the entire game. D'Angelo Russell leads the team with 21 points per game in the postseason. The sixth-seeded Nets turned Philly in the city of 20,000 boos - and that's just counting the ones echoing throughout the Wells Fargo Center - as they smoked a Sixers team that resembled one straight out of the early Process era. "That was a man and I think that especially like we've seen it from time, we see it here in Philly in the regular season, fourth periods stand out a lot, you saw it kind of consistently spread throughout the game".


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