Russell gets hot as Nets top 76ers

Joel Embiid caught checking cellphone on Sixers bench during Game 1 loss to Nets

Russell gets hot as Nets top 76ers

Curry shot 8 for 12 from deep to pass Ray Allen (385) for career postseason 3s with 386, had a postseason career-high 15 rebounds, seven assists and the 31st 30-point postseason performance of his career. They are led in scoring by Jimmy Butler with 36 ppg, adding 9 boards per game.

Embiid is being listed as questionable once again. The 76ers played one reserve for more than 20 minutes.

Fatigue was the biggest factor in limiting the minutes of Joel Embiid and that is absolutely vital to the Nets continuing success. Augustin made a layup to tie it again with 44 seconds left, then connected from long range for the fourth time to win the game.

Even with the Sixers seeming like they would have an extra advantage from an experience perspective after reaching the semifinals a year ago before falling to the Boston Celtics, this still didn't help after falling to the Nets.

Kevin Durant and Patrick Beverley were ejected with 4:41 to go, just 19 seconds after they received double-technicals when Durant stripped Beverley and the Clippers guard fell into the scorer's table. Kerr also reminded the reporters that Durant picked up two technical fouls during this game and a 7 technical foul will automatically result in a one-game suspension for him.

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"It gives you that sense of confidence that, obviously it is a different atmosphere but at the end of the day, it is basketball and we've played a lot of games this season, we've won a lot of games", said Harris.

The Nets win in Game 1 was no fluke.

For the Raptors, superstar Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points, Pascal Siakam scored 24, while starting point-guard and All-Star Kyle Lowry racked up nil in 34 minutes of action.

Back in the postseason for the first time since 2015, the Brooklyn Nets defended well, produced plenty of offense and flustered the Philadelphia 76ers at times in Game 1. Sixers have better percentages both in field goals (47% to 44.8%) and in 3-pointers (35.7% to 35.4%). His 64 games played marked a personal high in a young career that's been marred by injuries. Tobias Harris was a major bust with just four points, and Ben Simmons had only nine. He's been at the center of fans' boos in the past while he was still playing with the Timberwolves after demanding a trade. Favorites getting less than 50% of bets, like the 76ers, have gone 230-198-14 (54%) ATS since 2005 in the playoffs.

As Game 2 approaches, Simmons knows he has to move on from the postgame comments and be better.

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