Tobias Harris becomes first Sixer to go perfect from three in a playoff game
The Philadelphia 76ers traded for Tobias Harris before the deadline in February for the purpose of improving their chances of going deep into the playoffs, and it is paying off.
Harris put together one of his finest performances in a Sixers uniform on Thursday night. The 26-year-old forward went a perfect 6-for-6 from the three-point range to help Philadelphia score a 131-115 road win in Game 3 of their first-round series with the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center, becoming the first player in franchise history to go perfect from three in a playoff game.
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Playing without superstar center Joel Embiid, the 76ers needed someone to step up, and Tobias Harris answered the call. He finished with 29 points on 11-for-19 shooting from the field, and also posted a game-high 16 rebounds to go along with three assists and a steal.
It was the second consecutive productive night for Harris, whose readiness for postseason action was questioned after a poor showing in the series opener. In their 111-102 loss to the Nets in Game 1, the former Tennessee standout had just four points in 41 minutes, but bounced back with a 19-point performance in Game 2.
Tobias Harris also got a lot of help on Thursday night. Ben Simmons responded forcefully to widespread criticism for his recently, scoring a playoff career-high 31 points on top of nine assists. The 2018 NBA Rookie of the Year also added four rebounds, three blocks, and two steals.
J.J. Redick, meanwhile, torched the Nets with 26 points with five three-pointers. Jimmy Butler had 16 points, Boban Marjanovic tallied 14 points and eight rebounds, while Greg Monroe, starting in place of Embiid, racked up nine points and 13 boards.
The 76ers took a 2-1 lead in the series, which will resume on Saturday in Brooklyn.