NBA Playoffs Recap- Day 3

With only two games on the Monday playoff schedule, both games provided an NBA record comeback in Oakland and a triple-double in the city of brotherly love.

Sixers Even The Series

The Philadelphia 76ers opened up the playoffs by getting booed by their fans as the Brooklyn Nets won game 1 in dominating fashion. But by the end of the third quarter in game 2, the 76ers fans were back to believing in their chances at a NBA Finals run.

Ben Simmons had a triple-double (18 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists) as he was a catalyst in a 51 point third quarter as the 76ers defeated the Nets 145-123. Simmons found Joel Embiid twice for baskets in 30 span, that sparked a 14-0 run in the opening 2 minutes 18 seconds to blow the game wide open.

By the time the game ended, the 76ers had 6 players score more than 15 or more points and one of them wasn’t game 1 leading scorer Jimmy Butler (He finished with 7 points on 3 for 10 shooting).

Joel Embiid led the 76ers with 23 points and 10 rebounds. He only played 21 minutes. Tobias Harris had 19 and backup big man Boban Marjanovic had 16 points and 8 rebounds.

The Nets return home for game 3 on Thursday night knowing they can’t allow the Sixers to shoot 56% if they want to win a crtical game 3.

Clippers Set League Record In Comeback Win On The Road

Down by 31 points with 7 minutes and 34 seconds, Doc Rivers didn’t have the expression of a coach who was worried about the scoreboard. Nineteen game minutes later, the L.A Clippers will now enter game 3 in a tied series.

Lou Williams scored 36 points and Landry Shamut’s go-ahead three pointer with 16.5 seconds left, allowed the Clippers to defeat the Golden State Warriors 135-131 on Monday night.

Los Angeles comeback was the largest in the NBA history. Before Monday’s comeback another team from Los Angeles, the Lakers overcame a 29 point deficit in a game against Seattle in 1989 Western Conference semifinals game.

The Clippers scored 85 second half points and got 83 points from the NBA’s highest scoring bench unit. Montrezl Harrell had 25 points and 10 rebounds off the bench as well.

The Warriors bulit a huge lead even after losing starting center DeMarcus Cousins to a leg injury early in the first quarter. Cousins was chasing a loose ball and went down in a non-contact injury. He will have an MRI on Tuesday, the fear from the Warriors that it could be a quad tear.

Stephen Curry had 29 points, but only 8 of them came in the second half. Game 3 is will be at Staples Center on Thursday night.