Six­ers even se­ries with Nets

Em­biid keys big third quar­ter

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The Philadel­phia 76ers seized con­trol in a 51-point third quar­ter, set a team record for points in a quar­ter and a play­off game, and evened their first-round se­ries at one game apiece with a 145-123 vic­tory over the vis­it­ing Brook­lyn Nets on Mon­day night.

Game 3 is Thurs­day in New York.

Joel Em­biid col­lected 23 points and 10 re­bounds to lead Philadel­phia. For the se­cond straight time, Em­biid was a game-time de­ci­sion due to the lin­ger­ing ten­dini­tis in his left knee, but he played in both con­tests.

Em­biid to­taled 13 and five re­bounds in the third quar­ter Mon­day as Philadel­phia shot 72 per­cent and outscored Brook­lyn 51-23.

Em­biid’s dom­i­nance oc­curred af­ter he was called for a fla­grant-one foul on Jar­rett Allen with 35.6 sec­onds left in the first half.

Philadel­phia also matched the 1962 Los An­ge­les Lak­ers for the most points scored in a quar­ter in a play­off game. It was the 13th time a team scored at least 145 points in a play­off game and first in­stance in a reg­u­la­tion game since the Bos­ton Celtics put up 157 points in 1990 against the New York Knicks.

Ben Sim­mons contributed his se­cond ca­reer post­sea­son triple-double with 18 points, 12 as­sists and 10 re­bounds. He joined Wilt Cham­ber­lain and Charles Barkley as the only Six­ers to get mul­ti­ple triple-dou­bles in play­off ac­tion, and he ex­ited a stand­ing ova­tion from fans af­ter crit­i­ciz­ing their boo­ing fol­low­ing Game 1.

To­bias Har­ris added 19 points, JJ Redick contributed 17, reserve cen­ter Boban Mar­janovic chipped in 16 and Mike Scott had 15 for Philadel­phia, which shot 56.1 per­cent from the floor.

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 added 15 while Caris LeVert and Shabazz Napier had 13 apiece.

Luke Wal­ton is of­fi­cially the new coach of the Sacramento Kings.

Spec­u­la­tion be­came re­al­ity on Mon­day when the Kings an­nounced the hir­ing of the 39-year-old Wal­ton.

Terms weren’t re­vealed but The Ath­letic’s Sam Amick re­ported Satur­day that the two sides had reached agree­ment on a deal that is ex­pected to run through the 202223 sea­son.

Wal­ton and the Lak­ers mu­tu­ally parted ways on Fri­day and the Kings quickly pur­sued him as a re­place­ment for Dave Jo­erger.

“I have known Luke for many years and I am so ex­cited to wel­come him and his fam­ily to the Sacramento Kings,” Kings gen­eral man­ager Vlade Di­vac said in a state­ment. “I look for­ward to his lead­er­ship on the court as we work to build a win­ning cul­ture for many years to come.”

Wal­ton com­piled a 98148 record in three sea­sons as coach. Los An­ge­les missed the play­offs in all three sea­sons.

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