Nets stun 76ers in first game of play­off se­ries

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Sports -

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.

CHRIS SZAGOLA AP

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.

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