Behind Joel Embiid’s 23 point, 13 rebound double-double, the Philadelphia 76ers dominated the Brooklyn Nets en route to a 122-100 victory to win the series 4-1.
Speaking after the game Embiid said that the team did not want to squander its 3-1 lead at home. “I think everybody was focused and we did our job,” Embiid said of the win.
The 76ers opened Game 5 of the Eastern Conference playoffs with a 32 point first quarter, including a 14-0 run to begin the contest.
Philadelphia never looked back and the Nets were unable to catch up. At halftime, the 76ers led 60-31 and continued to build on their lead in the second half.
Meanwhile, the Nets tried to play catch up with 33 and 36 point third and fourth quarters, but it was not enough.
Sixers head coach Brett Brown commended his team’s win over Brooklyn, but noted it was just one part of a larger goal. “We still have more to do,” Brown said. “A lot more to do.”
Tobias Harris added an additional 12 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals for the 76ers. Ben Simmons contributed 13 points, five rebounds and six assists in the win.
Caris LeVert led the Nets starting five with 18 points, three rebounds and four assists. Point guard D’Angelo Russell scored just eight points on 3-16 shooting, 1-6 from the three-point line.
Despite the poor scoring night for their starters, the Nets were boosted by their bench. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 21 points on 9-13 shooting in the loss. Rodions Kurucs added 14 points and seven rebounds off of the bench as well.
The 76ers will now turn their attention to the Toronto Raptors who closed out against the Orlando Magic on Tuesday as well.
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Philadelphia lost the season series to Toronto 3-1, but Embiid was quick to note that his team has gotten better since. “We’ve definitely gotten better,” Embiid said. “So, I’m excited for that matchup”
Speaking on the future Brown discussed the challenge his team will face in going up against Toronto. “It’s going to be an incredibly tough series,” Brown said. “We will be tested immediately when we get up into Toronto.”
A Game 1 start date has not been announced.
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