NBA Playoff Recap- Day 5

On a night where the start of game 3’s begin in the opening round, we had 3 games that had interesting outcomes. So let’s take a look at what you might have missed on Thursday night in the NBA Playoffs.

No Embiid, No Problem

The Philadelphia 76ers Ben Simmons had an interesting 24 hours in between games 2 and 3.

  • His All-Star Center teammate Joel Embiid was ruled out minutes before their game 3 showdown with the Brooklyn Nets.
  • There were comments made from Jared Dudley about him being an average player.
  • On top of that, a couple of Nets fans were placing a few photos about his missing part of his offensive game.

By the time the buzzer sounded to end the game, Simmons had the last laugh and the 76ers took a 2-1 series lead. Ben scored a career playoff high 31 points and had 9 assists as the 76ers defeated the Nets by the score of 131-115.

Simmons shot 11 for 13 from the floor and dominated the game offensively. He also made 9 of his 11 free throws in the game as well.

Tobias Harris added 29 points and 16 rebounds and JJ Redick knocked down 5 three-pointers (26 points) to help lead the charge.

Both D’Angelo Russell and Caris LeVert both had 26 points for Brooklyn. But the one of the best three-point shooting teams in the league, shot 8 for 30 as a team from downtown.

Game 4 is set for Saturday afternoon at 3pm in Brooklyn.

Derrick White Comes Up Huge For Spurs At Home

Thursday night was the perfect time for the Spurs point guard to have his best playoff game of his young career. White finished with a career-high 36 points as he lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 118-108 victory over the Denver Nuggets.

Derrick just made play after play and there wasn’t much the Nuggets defense could do to stop him. Two days after being on the floor when Nuggets Jamal Murray had his breakout 21 point fourth quarter, White came out on a mission.

With a combination of drives, jumpers, shots from 3 and free throws, Derrick had set a new career-high in points (26) by halftime.

The Spurs had 6 players finish in double figures in scoring and now have a 2-1 lead in the series.

Game 4 will be San Antonio at 5:30 pm on Saturday.

Golden State Dominates Game 3

One game after allowing the L.A Clippers to comeback from the largest single game deficit in NBA playoff history, the Golden State Warriors wasn’t going to allow that to happen again. Kevin Durant lead an offensive onslaught as Golden State now was a 2-1 series lead with an 132-105 victory over the Clippers.

Durant scored 38 points as the Warriors jumped out to a large lead that L.A couldn’t come back from. He scored 10 of his team’s first 15 points to start the game and Stephen Curry had 13 points in the quarter as the Warriors went up by 17 after the first quarter.

The sellout crowd was taken out the game early and Durant and company cruised to a victory. Even though the Clippers bench outscored the Warriors 59-40, they only had one starter (Ivica Zubac) score in double-figures.The Clippers will have another chance to make the series even on Sunday as they play game 4 at Staples Center.