'Emotional' win shows Nets can hang with 76ers

Joel Embiid

"We've got the right pieces to keep it going", Russell said.

A pair of two free throws from LaMarcus Aldridge and Derrick White with just under seven seconds left to play helped the San Antonio Spurs beat the Denver Nuggets 101-96. Superstar center Joel Embiid was limited to just 24 minutes of action where he scored 22 points and grabbed 15 rebounds but he made only 5 of his 15 shots. They're going to give you s--, they talk s--, it is what it is. That was their most all season and tied a franchise playoff high also done on April 27, 1989, at Utah in the first round.

Kevin Durant and Patrick Beverley were ejected with 4:41 to go, just 19 seconds after they received double-technicals when Durant stripped Beverley and the Clippers guard fell into the scorer's table. "Coach set us up earlier this season with a routine and recipe for the offense, and it's been flowing ever since". He believes the boos will stop if the 76ers play better. When you get the affirmation on the court over the course of a season, it's the kind of thing that allows you to deliver a looks-like-we've-been-here-before performance against a team featuring one of the NBA's most high-powered starting lineups.

The Nets (42-20 SU) will be emboldened after winning game 1 against the odds. Starting point guard Kyle Lowry had a awful game where he scored ZERO points in 34 minutes of action.

The Philadelphia 76ers entered the 2019 NBA Playoffs as a team widely viewed as one who could be a "Cinderella" of sorts. Sixers have better percentages both in field goals (47% to 44.8%) and in 3-pointers (35.7% to 35.4%). Caris LeVert had 23 points in 23 minutes off the bench and Spencer Dinwiddie 18 points.

For the 76ers, Jimmy Butler seemed to be the only player who came to play as he scored a career playoff high 36 points.

COUSINS' NEXT CHANCE: DeMarcus Cousins fouled out of his playoff debut after a nine-year wait, so the big man will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing playoff opener in which he had nine points, nine rebounds and four assists.

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. All in all it was a awful performance and the 76ers were never really in the game. That said, there's a lot of positive noise coming out of their locker room ahead of game 2.

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