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He backtracked the next day at practice and never gave another 20,591 fans a chance to do anything but roar in approval in Game 2. Even still, its gritty style helped it to a big win.

DLO, Dinwiddie, and LeVert combined to score 67 of Brooklyn's 111 points. Simmons had a pair of assists to Embiid for baskets to begin the stretch and closed it out with a steal and breakaway dunk for a 21-point advantage. With a packed house standing, Simmons got a massive ovation when he cupped his hand to his right ear just like Iverson did in his prime. Star point guard Ben Simmons had a terrible 9 points and 3 assists in 32 minutes.

The Magic did win 11 of their final 13 contests to end the season but I'm not expecting them to win this series.

At halftime, the Sixers led by just one - a concerning margin given the importance of the game and the Sixers' aspirations beyond round one. He is followed by Joel Embiid with 22 ppg and a team high 15 boards per game. The Sixers went through a painful years-long process to get to this point.

A Nets win would mark the first time they went up 2-0 in a series since sweeping the New York Knicks in the opening round of the 2004 postseason.

"I think earlier in the season, especially when we were struggling, we'd lose games like that", coach Kenny Atkinson said. "We know it's coming". He was on fire last game, and I have not seen enough consistency from him to bet heavily on him.

"Ben Simmons played lights out but not the game before", Smith said.

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The good news, if you want to spin it that way, is that Boston got all the open looks they wanted. "It's the next-play mentality". The Celtics outscored IN 26-8 IN the third with a flurry of three-pointers on 9/21 overall shooting, while the Pacers were 2/19.

Zach Johnson’s practice swing doesn’t miss the ball
Playing partner Ian Poulter revealed he was a little bit "shocked", although he admitted he didn't actually see what happened as he was getting a drink out of his bag.

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Embiid's health is a key storyline for the Sixers.

Embiid said the voracious booing that was largely absent during the dark days of the Sixers 10-win season was tough to hear. Sixers coach Brett Brown called Johnson's actions "completely unacceptable". "There is zero doubt he is our crown jewel".

It sure seemed like Nets wing Rodions Kurucs felt as if Embiid's elbow was intentional, since he threw a less punishing blow to Sixers star Ben Simmons' face on Philadelphia's next offensive possession, drawing a Flagrant 1 foul of his own.

Speaking before the game about Joel Embiid's sore left knee and the concern over whether his star center would play, Brown said, "I'm numb to it".

Tobias Harris added 19 points, JJ Redick contributed 17, reserve center Boban Marjanovic chipped in 16 and Mike Scott had 15 for Philadelphia, which shot 56.1 percent from the floor.

The crowd stood and applauded the Australian's inspired play. It set a tone for a Sixers team that wasn't as aggressive as it needed to be against a Nets team that is awesome in the backcourt but much less awesome down low. Philly suffered due to having a half fit Embiid and if he isn't fully fit the Sixers will feel they are just better off executing a plan without him than alter everything around his limited minutes and limited play. If you're going to give me that much space, I feel like I can do a lot of things with it and tonight I just chose to be aggressive and drive the ball.

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