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PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 15: James Harden #1 of the Philadelphia 76ers dribbles the ball against Mikal Bridges #1 of the Brooklyn Nets in the first quarter during Game One of the Eastern Conference First Round Playoffs at the Wells Fargo Center on April 15, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Everything went exactly how Sixers fans would have wanted in game 1 vs the Nets. Not only did they win, but they did so in pretty convincing fashion. They beat the Nets 121-101. That dominant win came in the form of a record-breaking number of 3s for the Sixers in a single playoff game.

The old record for 3s was 18, which they did twice. Both of those came against the Heat in 2018. But today they dropped 21 3s. 7 from James Harden. 3 a piece from Tobias Harris and Tyrese Maxey. Two each by PJ Tucker and Georges Niang, And one by both Jalen McDaniels and Joel Embiid. As a team, they shot 48.8% from deep.

Obviously, Harden is the standout from 3 in this game. After struggling from deep in the playoffs last year, he got this run started going 7-13 from beyond the arc. He scored 23 points, with 13 assists to go with that. Tobias added 21 points of his own, and Maxey had 13. They didn’t even need the usual dominant performance from Joel Embiid to do so. The big man led the team with 26. But it never felt like they were relying on him. The Nets double-teamed him every time he touched the ball. But the rest of the team helped him deal with the relentless doubles. It was just a great overall team effort to crush the Nets.

And who could forget what Paul Reed did? His 11 pts and 4 rebounds do not tell the full story of what he did in game 1. There was a stretch in the 4th quarter where Reed could seemingly do no wrong. Multiple flashy buckets with a couple of offensive rebounds mixed in had the crowd chanting B Ball Paul at one point, and had Joel Embiid off his feet celebrating.

Mikal Bridges gave them a very tough time in the first half. 23 points by halftime for the local guy. But they held him to just 7 in the 2nd half. And turned a 9-point halftime lead into a 20-point win where they were able to give their starters a break at the end.

An encouraging game from nearly every Sixers player. Their bench has been inconsistent at times. But if the Sixers can get 32 points off their bench every game, and shoot 5-13 from deep, the Sixers could be a very dangerous team this post-season.

Up next is game 2, which takes place Monday night at 7:30 pm.

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Brooklyn Nets Round 1 Schedule

The Philadelphia 76ers are BACK in the playoffs and have locked up the 3 seed. The team will take on the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the NBA playoffs. The Nets will be without Ben Simmons who doesnt want to play basketball is dealing with another injury. The rest of the makeshift roster is led by former Villanova standout, and Sixers draft pick Mikal Bridges. Even with Bridges elevating his play since coming over in the Kevin Durant deal, the team didnt see a ton of wins in the column.

Hopefully the Sixers can wrap this up in 4 games, but just in case, here is the schedule for the first round series!

  • Game 1: Saturday at 1pm in Philadelphia

    Game 1 starts this SATURDAY for some day basketball!It will be broadcasted live on ESPN

  • Game 2: Monday at 7:30pm in Philadelphia

    After the Sixers take a 1 game lead (I hope) theyll have one day off before game 2 tips off at 7:30 on TNT.

  • Game 3: Thursday at 7:30 in Brooklyn

    The Sixers will then head up to Brooklyn for game 3, and get 2 days off in between games. The game will be on TNT

  • Game 4: Saturday at 1pm in Brooklyn

    Could the Sixers close it out in game 4? We hope. Just like games 2 and 3 it will be on TNT

  • Game 5: Monday, TBD in Philadelphia

    Well if they need a game 5 it will be Monday. While we dont know the official tip off time we can say with GREAT confidence that it wont be 1pm. Likely a 7 or 7:30 tip off. No word on who will broadcast this game on TV but the Fanatic has you covered ALWAYS

  • Game 6: Thursday, TBD in Brooklyn

    The Sixers once again have a lot of time in between games as they prepare to head to Brooklyn. But they wont need it. Were just talking hypotheticals here. And hypothetically speaking, if they need this one it will be Thursday in Brooklyn. No word on start time or TV broadcast.

  • Game 7: Saturday, TBD in Philadelphia

    If we need this game lord help us all. But if the series goes 7 it will be broadcast on TNT. No word on start time.

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