MANILA, Philippines – The Philadelphia 76ers’ 51-point outburst in the third quarter overpowered the Brooklyn Nets, 145-123, in Game 2 of the 2019 NBA Playoffs on Monday, April 15, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
The crucial third-period surge turned out to be a league milestone as it matches the most points in a quarter by any team in a playoff game in NBA history.
With the revenge win, the Sixers evened the best-of-seven series at 1-1.
Joel Embiid – who was a game-time decision due to a sore left knee – topscored for the team with a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds while Ben Simmons recorded a triple-double of 18 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.
He joined Wilt Chamberlain and Charles Barkley as the only Sixers to get multiple triple-doubles in the postseason, and this time he left to a standing ovation from the home fans.
From a 65-64 lead at the half, the dynamic duo of Simmons and Embiid sparked Sixers’ 21-2 run at the start of the third quarter to stretch the gap to 20 points, 86-66.
The 76ers virtually sealed the win with a massive 116-87 lead heading into the fourth.
Tobias Harris added 19 points, JJ Redick scored 17, reserve center Boban Marjanovic had 16 and Mike Scott scored 15 for Philadelphia.
Spencer Dinwiddie scored 19 and D’Angelo Russell added 16 for the Nets, who set a team record for points allowed in a postseason game.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson got 15, while Caris LeVert and Shabazz Napier scored 13 each.– with reports from Agence France-Presse/Rappler.com