SportsPulse: After the debacle and drama of Game 1, the 76ers bounced back with a record-setting night. USA TODAY Sports’ AJ Neuharth-Keusch breaks it all down.
At halftime of Game 2 between Brooklyn and Philadelphia in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, the 76ers had a one-point lead.
By the end of the third quarter, the 76ers had a 29-point lead and were well on their way to a 145-123 victory, evening the series at one game apiece.
Philadelphia’s 51-point third quarter tied an NBA playoff record for points in a quarter, according to basketball-reference.com. The 1962 Los Angeles Lakers had 51 in a quarter against the Detroit Pistons. The 2018 Houston Rockets (50 vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves) are the only other team to score at least 50 in a quarter in a playoff game.
Here are five impressive stats from Philadelphia’s third quarter:
23-4 — That’s the run the Sixers used to start the third quarter and build an 89-68 lead. It transpired quickly, too, in the first four minutes, 19 seconds of the quarter.
72% — The Sixers’ shooting percentage from the field, making 18-of-25 shots, including 4-of-6 on 3-pointers. They were also 11-of-11 from the foul line.
3 — Number of players in double figures in the quarter for Philadelphia. Joel Embiid had 13, Tobias Harris 12 and Mike Scott 10.
5 — Number of assists Ben Simmons had, playing just seven minutes, 38 seconds. Simmons finished with a triple-double: 18 points, 12 assists, 10 rebounds.
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10 — Second-chance points the Sixers had in the third, thanks to five offensive rebounds, one more than Brooklyn had total rebounds in the quarter.
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