After a sluggish series opener, the Philadelphia 76ers looked unbeatable during many stretches in Game 2 against the Brooklyn Nets. The Sixers will try to build some momentum off that impressive win while stealing back homecourt advantage when they visit the Nets for Game 3 of their Eastern Conference best-of-seven series Thursday night.
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Ben Simmons posted a triple-double and Joel Embiid added 23 points and 10 rebounds as Philadelphia soared to a 145-123 victory Monday night to even the series 1-1, utilizing a 51-point third quarter to take charge. "We did what we tried to do in the first half, just kind of harder, better, longer type stuff," Sixers coach Brett Brown told the media of the second-half performance. "We didn't really change stuff schematically, we just did what we wanted to do, better." The Nets, who were in control for much of Game 1, were within a point at halftime in Monday's loss and feel the second-half meltdown won't knock them off their mission. "I know the Barclays Center is going to be jumping in there [for Game 3]," guard D'Angelo Russell told reporters. "The buzz around the city is what we needed."
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ABOUT THE 76ERS: Embiid is averaging 22.5 points and 12.5 rebounds in just 22.5 minutes in the series as he continues to play through a sore knee, and Philadelphia is getting a nice boost from backup center Boban Marjanovic, who produced 16 points and eight rebounds in 18 minutes Monday. "We already played one game, and I figured out, this is my thing," Marjanovic told the media. "They cannot take away my jumpshot. I didn't take [jumpshots] through my career a lot, but I can shoot, to be honest." Marjanovic was part of a bench that shot 60 percent from the floor, with forward Mike Scott burying 3-of-5 3-pointers en route to 15 points.
ABOUT THE NETS: Russell had scored at least 20 points in seven consecutive games before being held to 16 in Game 2, while sharpshooter Joe Harris was limited to four points, his lowest total since Jan. 6. "It's tough, they were blocking a lot of the screening situations," Harris told reporters. "They were forcing me to the rim, taking away any sort of 3-point threats. But a lot of it is on me, just being able to move a little more aggressively, hunt different shots maybe in transition." Center Jarrett Allen also struggled to nine points in 23 minutes while having his issues defending Embiid, an issue made more glaring when fellow big man Ed Davis hampered by a sprained ankle and foul trouble.