Nets stun 76ers in first game of playoff series
D’Angelo Russell scored 26 points, and Caris LeVert added 23 to lead the Brooklyn Nets to an impressive 111-102 win Saturday over the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.
Poised for a postseason breakthrough, Russell flourished and hit a string of jumpers in the third quarter that never let the Sixers seriously chip away at the lead.
LeVert’s third 3 in the fourth quarter made it a 16-point game, and there was no looking back for one of the biggest wins since the Nets moved to Brooklyn. Russell raised his arms in celebration as he headed down the tunnel into Brooklyn’s locker room.
Jimmy Butler scored 36 points, and Joel Embiid scored 22 points and had 15 rebounds on his bum left knee for the Sixers.
The Nets' D'Angelo Russell goes up for the shot as he gets past the 76ers' Joel Embiid during the second half in Game 1 of a first-round playoff series Saturday in Philadelphia. The Nets won 111-102.