After winning the first two games of their Eastern Conference first round matchup against the Brooklyn Nets, the Philadelphia 76ers are looking to take an imposing 3-0 lead tonight when the series shifts to Brooklyn. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET from Barclays Center in Brooklyn and will air on TNT. The 76ers won Game 1 by a score of 121-101 before winning Game 2 by a score of 96-84.
The only notable injury is Philadelphia’s Jaden McDaniels, who is questionable due to a non-COVID illness.
The Philadelphia 76ers aim to put a stranglehold on a 2023 NBA playoff first-round series on Thursday evening. The Sixers visit Barclays Center to take on the Brooklyn Nets in Game 3, with Philadelphia leading 2-0. The matchup opens a three-game night of playoff action in the NBA, with the Nets seeking a much-needed win to climb back into the series. Brooklyn was 23-18 at home this season, while Philadelphia was 25-16 in road games in 2022-23.
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Embiid blocked a potential tying basket with 8.8 seconds left and the 76ers beat Brooklyn 102-97 on Thursday night to take a 3-0 lead in the first-round series.
Tyrese Maxey made the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 44 seconds left for the 76ers, who can sweep their way into the second round with a victory Saturday in Brooklyn.
With James Harden having been ejected in the third quarter for another groin shot and Embiid not looking like his usual dominant self, Maxey took over the offense and scored eight straight points, turning a five-point deficit into a 99-96 lead on his 3-pointer.
“Tonight, when our ballhandler, our leader went out, take that role in the fourth quarter and help us get into our stuff, help us win the game,” Maxey said.
Spencer Dinwiddie made one free throw, then appeared to have a path to the basket for a tying layup before Embiid rose up and swatted it. P.J. Tucker made a free throw to make it 100-97, and the Nets turned it over on their next possession.
Maxey scored 25 points and Harden had 21 for the 76ers. Embiid shot just 5 for 13 but had 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Mikal Bridges scored 26 points and Dinwiddie had 20 for the Nets, who have lost nine straight playoff games and are on the verge of being swept for the second straight year. Cam Johnson scored 17 points.
“I told the group they didn’t give up, they grew up tonight,” Nets coach Jacque Vaughn said.
Embiid went to the locker room for treatment after checking out in the first quarter, then was limping multiple times later.
The 76ers might’ve been lucky he was still in the game at that point.
Nets fans loudly booed the decision not to eject him for kicking his leg up toward Nic Claxton’s groin in the first quarter, after the Nets center stepped over him after he dunked and Embiid fouled him and fell to the court. Those not in the arena took to social media to ask why he wasn’t tossed, as Golden State’s Draymond Green was for stepping on Sacramento’s Domantas Sabonis in Game 2 of their series. Green was then suspended by the NBA for Game 3.
He will have an excellent chance to win the 2023 MVP Award and helped lead the 76ers to the third seed in the Eastern Conference with a 54-28 record.
Last year, the team lost in the second round of the playoffs to the Miami Heat, but they have a very talented roster that will give them a chance to make a deep run.
Currently, the 76ers have a 2-0 lead over the Nets, so a win on Thursday night would give them a commanding 3-0 lead and a chance to pull off a sweep in Game 4.
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