The Philadelphia 76ers Outscored The Nets By 21 Points In The Series Opener

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The Philadelphia 76ers Outscored The Nets By 21 Points In The Series Opener

James Harden had adjusted far better to playing for the 76ers in this year’s playoffs than last year when he was still adjusting to his new surroundings after being traded. It is beneficial that The Beard is aware of his role-playing alongside Joel Embiid, that he is in good condition, and that his hallmark step-back shot is working well from beyond the three-point line.

According to the head coach, Doc Rivers, “He’s confidence in how we play now.” “Even as he was playing, I was wondering whether I was making the correct decision here last year,” she said.

Harden’s performance against the Nets was flawless in every way.

On Saturday, the Philadelphia 76ers defeated Mikal Bridges and the Brooklyn Nets, scoring 121-101 in Game 1. Harden made seven three-point field goals and finished with 23 points and 13 assists, while Embiid was an NBA Most Valuable Player finalist and scored 26 points.

In the first game of this Eastern Conference playoff series, the Philadelphia 76ers set a new postseason franchise mark by making 21 three-point field goals. Tobias Harris contributed 21 points to the victory. The Sixers haven’t won an NBA title since 1983 and haven’t advanced beyond the second round of the playoffs since 2001. Both of those goals are on the Sixers’ agenda right now.

On Monday, the second game will be played at the home of the third-seeded 76ers.

Bridges scored 30 points and were a key factor in the Nets’ ability to stay competitive in the first half of the game.

But, Embiid, Harden, and a playoff-tested group projected to make a long run in the playoffs proved too much for the star-less roster that Brooklyn fielded. After getting the sellout crowd of 20,913 excited right from the opening tip, the Sixers went on a run in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.

Even without Embiid’s best performance, Philadelphia could pull off the victory.

Embiid looked agitated at times by double teams that chased him all over the court, and he only hit 7 of 15 shots (but all 11 free throws). To elicit a flagrant penalty, Embiid took a blow to the face after an unsuccessful dunk attempt, sending him tumbling to the ground. Royce O’Neale had Embiid’s arm locked up, which caused him to get agitated, and the two engaged in a short scuffle after that.

The lackluster performance on the court was unacceptable to the Nets’ head coach Jacque Vaughn.

Vaughn hoped the referees would call traveling and a three-second penalty on the big man in the next game.

Yet, there is no cause for concern for the Sixers. Harden, who led the league in assists this season, stepped up when the Nets struggled and beat them with step-back 3-pointers.

Harden, who was 33 years old at the time, remarked with a grin, “I couldn’t make a layup.” “But that’s not even the biggest concern I have. My legs and the rest of my body have this incredible sense of power and strength.

The fact that Harden was just one of eight shots near the basket in the first half was compensated for by the fact that he was five of seven from beyond the arc. He knocked down a pair of three-pointers against his previous squad late in the second quarter, helping to push the advantage up to ten points.

Embiid said that the opponent “looked terrific from 3.”

Embiid, the scoring champion of the NBA, could not impose his will on Brooklyn as he did during the rest of the season to become a contender for MVP. In the first half, he only attempted seven shots total.

In contrast to the regular season, in which the Sixers’ performance suffered whenever Embiid was not on the court, the bench units excelled in the postseason. The 76ers remained in command of Game 1 thanks to three-pointers from De’Anthony Melton, Jalen McDaniels, and Georges Niang, who made 13 of 21 attempts throughout the first half.

In a homecoming effort, Bridges prevented Game 1 from becoming an early thrashing for his team.

After graduating from Great Valley High School in Malvern, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia, Bridges played college basketball for three years at Villanova. Banners commemorating the Wildcats’ national championship victories in 2016 and 2018 may be seen hanging in the rafters of the Wells Fargo Center thanks to Bridges’ contributions. When the 76ers selected Bridges with the 10th overall choice in the 2018 NBA Draft, it seemed he would continue his career in the region.

Then, in quick succession, a couple of embarrassing incidents followed: Bridges celebrated on draft night with his mom, who was working for the 76ers then. Bridges’ teammates were embarrassed by this. Bridges were sold to Phoenix in exchange for Zhaire Smith shortly after the emotional reunion, which lasted roughly 15 minutes. Bridges have developed into a legitimate superstar in the NBA, but Smith’s tenure in the league was cut short after only 13 games played.

Fans from Philadelphia can only speculate what it would be like with Bridges in this lineup.

He scored 10 of 16 shots for 23 points in the first half and kept the Nets, who started the season with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant and had championship dreams, within nine points at the halftime break.

Bridges said seeing some of his shots go in was satisfying. “But if I had to choose, I’d rather make mistakes and win. That doesn’t matter,”

TIP-INS

The 76ers attempted 89 shots, while the Nets only took 70 attempts… Lost second-chance points 21-3.

76ers: Nick Sirianni, the coach of the Eagles, rang the ceremonial bell. Backup center Paul Reed scored 11 points. The previous record for most three-pointers in a playoff game was 18, accomplished twice.

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