PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania — D’Angelo Russell continued his stellar play in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference plays, as he finished with 26 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds and 1 steal to lift the Brookln Nets to a 111-102 road win over the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center.
The Nets All-Star guard scored 14 points in the third quarter — leading Brooklyn to one of the biggest victories since the sixth — seed relocated.
“Now you’re going to get me emotional,” said Nets Coach Kenny Atkinson. “I don’t want to get emotional. I don’t think about that stuff. We’re in such a fight. Listen, I know we have to stay humble. I have to stay humble. So I’m not going to celebrate this victory. I’m sure I’m going to look back on it and be extremely happy [with] how far we’ve come, that we won our first playoff game. It’s very cool. But they lost their first playoff game last year, too, so we’re a humble group and we know how far we’ve got to go. Yes, I’m emotional about it, happy about it, but just got to put that in a little closet or little drawer until after the season.”
The Nets who took control in second quarter, pushing their lead to 17 points, got 23 points from Caris LeVert and 18 points from Spencer Dinwiddie.
Ed Davis added 12 points and 16 rebounds, while Joe Harris contributed 13 points and DeMarre Carroll had 11 points for the Nets.
Brooklyn shot 42.3 percent from 3-point range (11-26) and 92.3 percent from the line (24-26). The Nets made 8-of-15 3-pointers (53.3 percent) in the first half.
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Jimmy Butler led the Philadelphia 76ers with 36 points. Joel Embiid finished with 22 points and 15 rebounds.
Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris and JJ Redick combined to shoot 11-of-31 from the floor for 18 points. The Sixers missed 22 of 25 3-pointers.
Overall the Sixers shot 16-for-48 (33.3 percent) and 2-14 (14.3 percent) from 3-point range.
Game 2 is Monday night in Philadelphia at 8 p.m.
Written by Andrew Mitchell for Woodlawn Post Sports (NBA)
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