Game 3: The game-time decision to sit Joel Embiid didn’t stop the Sixers from beating the Nets 131-115. Ben Simmons scored 31 points, JJ Redick added 26, but the surprise of the night was the sharpshooting of Tobias Harris who stole the show. Harris scored 29 points, which included an impressive 6-6 from three-point range. In addition to his 29 points, he pulled down 16 rebounds and dished out three assists. Jimmy Butler contributed 16 points while Boban Marjanovic added 14. The win gave the 76ers a 2 to 1 series lead.
Game 4: After sitting out Game 3 due to left knee soreness, Joel Embiid definitely made his presence known in Game 4. Joel played 32 minutes, scored 31 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and handed out seven assists leading the 76ers to a 112-108 victory. Tobias Harris followed up his 29-point, Game 3 performance with 24 points in Game 4. The only 76er not to score a point in this game was Greg Monroe. A hard foul by Embiid caused a series of not so sportsmanlike events. The Nets Jared Dudley reacted to Joel’s foul on his teammate Jarrett Allen by running from where he was standing and bumping Embiid. His bump on Joel led to Jimmy Butler shoving Dudley. The pushing and shoving spilled over to where fans were seated. After sorting out the mess, Joel was hit with a flagrant foul while Dudley and Butler were both ejected. The Sixers returned home for game five on Tuesday leading the series three games to one
Game 5: The Sixers came out on fire and never cooled off closing out this first-round series 122-100. The Nets did not score their first basket until there was 6:09 left in the first quarter. After one quarter, the Sixers lead was 32-15. The game never became competitive. Every 76er player played and scored. Embiid led the way finishing with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Five other Sixers finished in double figures. They now move on to round two and will face the Toronto Raptors.