Brooklyn Nets upset Philadelphia 76ers in play-off opener

Tanya Simon
April 16, 2019

Curry finished with 38 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists in the game as he knocked down eight treys. "I think at the end of the day we just came out, we would rather get fouls rather just letting these guys push us around".

The Nets shocked the National Basketball Association world by not only covering on the road against the 76ers in Game 1, but winning outright by nine points.

The Sixers have fined forward Amir Johnson for conduct detrimental to the team for using his cell phone from the bench during their Game 1 loss to the Brooklyn Nets.

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The 76ers have not given a ton of information regarding Embiid's injury, and he is listed as questionable for Game 2. They played very well throughout the season and ended up with the 2 best record in the tough Western Conference.

Fatigue was the biggest factor in limiting the minutes of Joel Embiid and that is absolutely vital to the Nets continuing success. Dr. David J Chao, who has gained notoriety for diagnosing National Football League injuries in real time on his Twitter account, believes that Embiid's injury is a long-term issue. Despite the 76ers being a heavy favorite, they ended up losing against the Nets by a score of 11-102. When you get the affirmation on the court over the course of a season, it's the kind of thing that allows you to deliver a looks-like-we've-been-here-before performance against a team featuring one of the NBA's most high-powered starting lineups. Leonard scored 25 points, Pascal Siakam had 24 and Fred VanVleet had 14 for the second-seeded Raptors, who reclaimed the lead after trailing by 16 points in the second quarter, but couldn't hold on down the stretch. A few years ago we were winning 10 games. Sixers will not let that happen again and Vegas odds give them a -7.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home win. Starting point guard Kyle Lowry had a awful game where he scored ZERO points in 34 minutes of action. LeVert finished with 23 points and Dinwiddie added 18. Forbes knocked down shots and did it at a high percentage, making 3-of-4 three-pointers and 6-of-9 from the field overall. 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. All in all it was a awful performance and the 76ers were never really in the game. Harris was even worse with four points on seven attempts. The Clippers found some success running the pick-and-roll with Williams and Harrell, specifically when DeMarcus Cousins was in the game, so they may look to get back to that more in Game 2.

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