Sixers even series with Nets
Embiid keys big third quarter
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.