Sixers used 51-point third quarter to tie the series at 1-1 against Nets


Philadelphia 76ers tied the series at 1-1 after beating the Brooklyn Nets 145-123. Though Joel Embiid played lesser minutes because of lingering tendinitis in his left knee, he led the team and scored game-high 23 points with 10 rebounds in just 21 minutes. He started to dominate the game after he was called for a flagrant foul on Jarett Allen with 35.6 remaining into the halftime.

Ben Simmons recorded his 2nd career post-season triple double scoring 18 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds. He joined Wilt Chamberlain and Charles Barkley as the only Sixers who had multiple triple-doubles in the post-season.

Tobias Harris and JJ Redick added 19 and 17 points respectively, while Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott had 16 and 15 points respectively off the bench.

It's a historic night for the Sixers as they broke multiple records. They scored 51 points in the third quarter only - tied an NBA record for the highest-scoring quarter in a playoff game that is set by the 1961-1962 Los Angeles Lakers. It was also the 13th time that a team scored at least 145 points in a playoff game and the first instance since 1990 when the Boston Celtics put up 157 points against the New York Knicks.

On the historic third quarter, Embiid started the shooting barrage after he sunks a 10-foot fade away baseline jumper and fouled to complete an and-one. They turn their 65-64 halftime lead to an 116-87 lead coming into the final quarter after Scott drilled a buzzer-beating jumper.

The Nets can't take the win and lose the chance to sweep the Sixers. Spencer Dinwiddie led them who had 19 points and D'Angelo Russell added 16 points. Except of Russell, the other starters didn't scored double-figures. Jarrett Allen, who had 9 points, can't contain Joel Embiid and allowed him to dominate the game.

Game 3 and 4 will be played on Brooklyn having the Nets a home-court advantage and a chance to take the series at 3-1 before going back to Wells Fargo Arena at Philadelphia for the Game 5
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