This time the 51 points came in a crucial Game 2 of a first-round series between third-seeded Philadelphia and sixth-seeded Brooklyn. The good news is that after being doubtful prior to Saturday's game, he's only questionable at this point.
En route to Monday's 145-123 victory, the squad tied an all-time playoff record for most points in a single quarter, with 51 in the third period.
Don't be surprised if a message is sent when these teams meet for game three Thursday night.
The Clippers and Golden State are meeting for just the second time in the playoffs after the Clippers took a seven-game series in 2014.
What you saw out of the Sixers in the third quarter in Game 2 likely isn't repeatable, but it does show what this team is capable of when they're attacking the rim and defending the pick-and-roll and three-point line.
Seven players scored in the double digits for the Magic, as they took back the home court advantage from the Raptors.
Johnson was caught by TV cameras sitting on the bench and scrolling through his phone late in the fourth quarter, with the Sixers down 16 points in an eventual 111-102 loss. They then won the game with the third-quarter blitz.
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But after Game One, it appears that fans may need to reevaluate what the future holds for the Nets.
The Sixers hit 56.1 percent (55-for-98) overall and were 9-for-23 (39.1 percent) from deep after a 3-for-25 showing in Game 1. Joel Embiid had a rough shooting night, but still finished with 22 points and 15 rebounds.
Kurucs told reporters afterward that the contact was motivated by Simmons' dismissive comments on Sunday about the defense by Jared Dudley and "that kid" on him in Game 1.
Embiid was once again a last minute decision to start the all-important Game 2 at the Wells Fargo Center. They were 55 of 98 from the field and also hit nine 3-pointers. Even if he's able to step it up, the Nets looked fully capable of handling the Sixers with Embiid less than 100 percent. Brooklyn didn't seriously threaten the rest of the way.
Tobias Harris, limited to four points in Game 1, scored 19 and JJ Redick, who had five points in the opener, added 17.
The Nets are 6 in the league during the postseason in scoring offense with 117 points per game. Brooklyn averages 46.6 rebounds per game and is 28-18 when out-rebounding opponents.
Nets star D'Angelo Russell scored a team-high 26 points, followed close behind by Caris LeVert with 23 points. Simmons added the exclamation point with a triple-double of 18 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists - a much-needed bounce back after getting on the Sixers fans for booing the team in Game 1.
In case you were wondering if Embiid took the situation seriously, I don't think he did.
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