Stats, notes and quotes from Monday night’s Game 2 of the 76ers-Nets playoff series.
Among them: Wilt Chamberlain and Charles Barkley getting some company in the Sixers’ record book.
145: The Sixers set a team record for points in a postseason game in the 145-123 win. The previous mark was 141 in Game 1 of the 1967 Finals.
24-4: Sixers run at the start of the third quarter.
19: Points for Tobias Harris, who won a postseason game for the first time in his eight-year career.
16: Points for Boban Marjanovic, a career postseason high, in only 18 minutes.
7: Field goals made by JJ Redick en route to 17 points. He had just five points in Game 1.
0: Number of three-point field goals attempted by Joel Embiid.
Ben Simmons responded from a dismal Game 1 to deliver the second postseason triple-double of his career with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists as the Sixers evened the series. The only other Sixers with multiple TripDubs in the playoffs are Wilt and Sir Charles.
Wilt had eight official playoff triple-doubles as a Sixer, but likely had more since blocked shots were not an official statistic when he was in his prime. Here’s a look via Basketball-Reference.com at the Sixers players who’ve notched double figures in points, rebounds and assists in a postseason game.
The 1966-67 Sixers are considered one of the greatest teams in NBA history. They went 11-4 in three rounds of playoff basketball. Wilt had seven triple-doubles in those 15 games. Again, not including blocked shots.
The Sixers turned Game 2 into a rout thanks to a third quarter in which they outscored the Nets, 51-23. The scoring breakdown:
Key stat: Ben Simmons had seven points and four assists. He took the opening tipoff and raced to the basket. Though he missed the short shot, it was a sign that he was intent on being more assertive than he was in Game 1.
Why it mattered: The Sixers are not the same team without Simmons playing downhill, especially when Joel Embiid is not 100 percent.
Quotable: Simmons said his focus was “just try to be me. Be aggressive. Find my guys and just play the game the right way.”
Key stat: The Nets outscored the Sixers, 30-6, in three-point shooting in the first half.
Why it mattered: The Sixers showed more life on offense than in Game 1, but they still struggled to guard the Nets on the perimeter. Brooklyn shot 10-for-23 in the first half and trailed by one. Even more troubling was that Brooklyn’s best shooter, Joe Harris, didn’t make a three in the half.
Defining play: Joel Embiid was called for an offensive foul — and a flagrant-1 technical — for elbowing Brooklyn’s Jarrett Allen square in the mouth.
Key stat: The Sixers scored the first 14 points of the quarter and outscored the Nets, 51-23. Philadelphia’s starters had 35 points; the Nets’ had 6.
Why it mattered: Embiid had 13 points and five rebounds in less than eight minutes of work in the period. The Sixers led by 29 entering the fourth, and the only thing left was to warm up the EZ-Pass for Brooklyn’s ride back up the turnpike.
Quotable: “We couldn’t stay calm and weather the storm,” Allen said, “and they just broke it open.”
Key stat: Embiid played 27 seconds as the final period was essentially garbage time.
Why it mattered: Embiid (knee) again was a game-time decision. With the series not resuming until Thursday, it was good for the Sixers to give him the extra rest.
Did you notice? Chester High grad Rondae Hollis-Jefferson played the first postseason game of his four-year career. He had 15 points, including 10 in the final quarter, for the Nets.
“Tonight, we made a big point of finding me in the post. I feel like my teammates did a great job of finding me and we moved the ball, we shared the ball, and we were just aggressive.”