The Nets surged back into the game to close out the second quarter, leaving the 76ers with a slim one-point lead despite playing marginally better in the first half than they did at any point in Game 1.
After the disappointing setback, a frustrated Simmons took aim at the dissenting voices.
In just four minutes, their 65-64 halftime lead had turned into an 86-66 lead thanks to a 21-2 run. Montrezl Harrell scored 26 points and fellow reserve Lou Williams contributed 25 points and nine assists as Los Angeles returned to the playoffs after missing last season following six straight appearances. He shot 48.4 percent from the field and 30 percent from 3-point range. Embiid scored 13 points in the third as the Sixers raced to a 29-point lead.
Ben Simmons had a bad game 1 and all the flaws in his game were exposed.
In Game 1, you could make a case that the Nets' bench won them the game.
Philly lost 111-102 on their home floor in Game 1 behind 26 points from D'Angelo Russell, along with Caris LeVert's 23 and Spencer Dinwiddie's 18 off the bench. Butler top scored with 36 points and pulled 9 rebounds, many of which were offensive rebounds.
In fact, their starting unit was outscored by the 76ers' starting unit 84-43!
"Now you're going to get me emotional".
In our Game 1 preview, in which we did have the Nets covering (but not winning), it was mentioned that the Nets did have the deeper team.
The Sixers look their best when Simmons is in attack mode and the Aussie found his way to the basket at will early in this one, forcing the Nets' defence to collapse on him at the basket, but there wasn't much they could do to stop him. Brooklyn played great, but they'll need another strong performance to take another win off the higher-seed 76ers.
Players like Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris must step up if Embiid is going to be hampered. The Sixers had no answer in this game, and the outlook may get even tougher with Joel Embiid's status again up in the air. Embiid had 22 points with 15 rebounds and five blocks in Game 1, but the 76ers couldn't shoot from the arc. The more he has the ball in his hands, the more likely the Nets are to succeed.
Fast forward to Monday night, and Simmons has been fully vindicated. They show us love. They are 2-14 all-time in Game 1's in franchise history.
As Tom Haberstroh pointed out pre-game, his ability to guard multiple positions and guard them well is invaluable to the Nets' success.
However, one of the most important players on Brooklyn's bench was power forward and center Ed Davis, a veteran journeyman who continues to churn out productive outings for his fifth National Basketball Association team.
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