Sixers beat Nets 127-125: Game Recap
November 26, 2018
Sunday evening in Brooklyn, the Nets hosted the Philadelphia 76ers. The Sixers are healthy, while the Nets are playing without injured shooting guard Caris LeVert.
We're experimenting with new game notes formats lately. Here's our old-school live game notes format, discussing the actual in real time, taking you through the action as it happened:
Sixers: Ben Simmons, JJ Redick, Jimmy Butler, Wilson Chandler and Joel Embiid.
Nets: D'Angelo Russell, Allen Crabbe, Joe Harris, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Jarrett Allen.
The first basket of the game was from Ben Simmons, operating inside, using his unique blend of size and quickness.
The Nets compete. And so does D'Angelo Russell, who is quietly having an excellent season and deserves more recognition for it. And has a quick nine points on 4-of-4 shooting, plus two rebounds and two assists in just six minutes.
Barclays Center blasting Chubb Rock, a rapper who deserved more mentions for what he did back in the 90's, during a timeout.
The Nets keep rolling. They're up 20-18, mid first quarter.
Simmons draws another foul, using a sweeping motion during a drive. It seems hard not to foul him on that sort of move. But he's 1-of-4 so far and 1-of-4 free throws, for just three points and no rebounds or assists yet.
There's no sign of Sixers defense yet.
D-Russ is doing work: 11 points and four assists already.
A Shabazz Napier bucket puts the home squad up 24-19 at 2:51.
End of first quarter: Nets 32, Sixers 25. Russell has 11 points and four assists, Embiid seven points. The Nets shot 65% FG, the Sixers just 39%.
The Sixers aren't clicking yet. And they look a step slow on defense. Though on offense early second quarter they just got several open outside shots and simply didn't connect on them. Meanwhile, a deep Dudley three puts the Nets up 39-25. The home squad is on a 10-0 run.
D-Russ is now up to 13 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Foul on Butler, and a tech on him as well. He made a defense play on a driving D-Russ and may have gotten all-ball. He certainly thought so.
Simmons is 1-for-6 and has no rebounds or assists yet, halfway through the second quarter.
Sixers shooting guard Furkan Korkmaz is 0-of-3. His outside shooting motion didn't look right to me on a miss just now.
D'Angelo Russell now with 16 points, six rebounds and five assists, no turnovers.
It's Spencer Dinwiddie time. He just threw down a huge dunk, then a play later tossed in a close bucket plus the foul, hitting the free throw.
Everything is going the Nets' way. They're now up 19. Embiid has 14 points and five rebounds. Butler has nine points but on nine shots, and Simmons has nine points on eight shots.
Half: Nets 68, Sixers 54. Russell has 16 points, six rebounds and five assists. Dinwiddie also has 16 points, on just six shot attempts, plus five assists. Embiid has 14 points and five rebounds.
The game continues to belong to the Nets. And especially D-Russ.
The Sixers aren't making each other better today. Certainly not on offense...
... until later in this quarter. When they finally put together a few runs to get this thing a bit closer. The Nets are still up nine at 2:02 but now this feels less one-sided.
Now this was a play: Embiid faked, drove, threw the ball off the backboard to himself, caught it and threw down a powerful dunk.
As the seconds of the quarter ticked down, Dinwiddie drove, and as has been the case most of this game, the Sixers' defense failed to do its job. Layup at the buzzer.
End of third quarter: Nets 102, Sixers 89.
D-Russ is at 29 points, eight rebounds, six assists and just one turnover.
And now 31 for Russell as he glides right past T.J. McConnell for a layup.
At 10:16 the Nets are up 13. If the Sixers are going to show anything positive today as a team, now is the time, because they can still rally and win this.
And, Philly is answering. A little. Now down just eight points at 8:20.
D'Angelo Russell now at 38 points. Dinwiddie now with 29, on 10-of-13 shooting.
Here it is. The Sixers rally. Now only down four at 3:50.
And an Embiid hang-on-the-rim dunk makes it a two-point game at 2:20.
But a Jarrett Allen follow-up dunk on a Nets miss makes it four again, at 1:50.
Embiid then drove, and may have taken an extra step on the way to a dunk that made it a two-point game again. It may have been two extra steps. Maybe five. But it counted.
And then a Redick three put the Sixers up one. This has been the Sixers' quarter.
Off a timeout, Joe Harris found himself open and splashed from outside.
But Embiid immediately answered with a bucket plus a foul. Free throw good. Sixers up 124-123.
Then Dinwiddie went one-on-one and splashed a jumper in Redick's face, putting the Nets up one with 26.5 seconds left.
Redick missed a jumper around 17 seconds left, resulting in a jumpball, Nets still up one.
Sixers ball, down 1, 10.2 seconds left.
And, the Butler did it. Again. Jimmy Buckets, isolated, one-on-one at the right elbow, creates a shot for himself and splashes a three-pointer with 0.4 seconds left. Almost the exact same play as his recent game-winner against the Hornets.
FINAL: SIXERS 127, NETS 125.
For the Sixers: Butler finished with 34 points, 12 rebounds and 4 steals, Embiid had 32 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks, Shamet 16 points, and Simmons 13 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks.
For the Nets: Russell finished with 38 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists, Dinwiddie had 31 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists on 11-15 FG, J. Allen 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Hollis-Jefferson 13 points and 6 rebounds.