Philly reports back – Warriors lose historically
Game 2 of the first play-off round caused a furore in the first two series. The third quarter of each series was the deciding factor – in the case of the reigning champion even the historical one.
After the weak start to the post-season including a 102:111 defeat against the Brooklyn Nets, the Sixers, especially their leading players Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, got into the crossfire of criticism. In Game 2, however, the Philadelphia star team equalized the series in front of a home crowd – and like: 123:145, the Nets fell under the wheels, Simmons compensated with a triple double (18 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists), Embiid with a 23-10 double in just 21 minutes playing time.
After both teams were almost level at halftime, Philly Game 2 decided in a brilliant third quarter: 51:23 Brooklyn was downgraded, but with all the possibilities for the wide nets (three of the four best scorers came from the bench) the series for Game 3 and 4 continues in New York.
Curry dives – Harrell perfectly out of the field
Also the West duel first against eighth, many experts had expected a sweep, is balanced after the first two games. Thanks to a mad comeback with champion Golden State, the Los Angeles Clippers triumphed in the end with 135:131 in Oracle. The final minute was tough: First superstar Stephen Curry, who only scored seven points in the second section, threw the Warriors from downtown in front. Sixth Man Lou Williams (36 points, 11 assists from the bank!) and rotation player Landry Shamet turned the score in favour of the Clippers.
Curry’s answer, a three-way attempt to take the lead again, failed – and the subsequently fouled Montrezl Harrell, who sunk all his nine throws out of the field, turned two of two important free throws into a surprise victory. The reason why he came out of nowhere was that the Warriors had already scored 31 points in the third quarter – never before had a team in the play-offs given away such a large lead.
NBA play-offs, results from Monday, April 15:
Philadelphia 76ers – Brooklyn Nets: 145:123
Golden State Warriors – Los Angeles Clippers: 131:135