Sixers record most points in a quarter in franchise playoff history
The Philadelphia 76ers had a very slow start to the 2019 NBA Playoffs. Game 1 resulted in a 111-102 loss to the sixth-seeded Brooklyn Nets, and Game 2 didn’t start much better on Monday. After the first half, the heavily-favored Sixers led by only a single point.
Something must have happened in the locker room at halftime. The 76ers turned it on and put together a third-quarter performance for the ages.
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The 76ers outscored the Nets 51-23, tallying the most points in a single playoff quarter in franchise history. Center Joel Embiid and forward Tobias Harris led the charge as the Sixers stomped Brooklyn. They cooled off in the fourth quarter, and by then it was too late for the Nets. Philadelphia cruised to a 145-123 victory over Brooklyn to even the series.
The main engine of that 51-point third quarter was a 21-2 run at the beginning of the period which quickly turned a very tense evening into a relaxing romp. The 76ers might still have legitimate concerns about their ability to win in the second or third round of the NBA Playoffs, but their outlook for this series is very bright.
Embiid led all scorers with 23 points. The All-Star also tallied 10 rebounds and one assist. 76ers point guard Ben Simmons posted a triple-double with 10 rebounds, 12 assists and 18 points. It was a team effort for the 76ers. Six players tallied at least 15 points in the contest.
The Nets have some work to do if they want to upset the third-seeded 76ers and take the series. Outside of D’Angelo Russell, their starters struggled. Brooklyn relied on its bench for most of its scoring in Game 2. Guard Joe Harris was held to just four points. The Nets will need more consistent production from their starters.
Game 3 will be held in Brooklyn on Thursday. Game time is 8 p.m. Eastern time.