By Christopher Kline
The Philadelphia 76ers took care of a division rival at home behind another strong Joel Embiid performance.
Few teams outside the upper echelon have given the Philadelphia 76ers more trouble this season than the Brooklyn Nets. A lineup with two dynamic point guards and a dynamic pick-and-roll game seems tailor-made to give Brett Brown’s squad fits. It didn’t matter Thursday night.
The Sixers went to work early against the Nets, riding the hot hands of Joel Embiid and J.J. Redick in the first half. Embiid drilled three first-quarter triples, with Boban Marjanovic hitting one of his own later in the frame. When the Sixers’ 7-foot-plus centers combine for four triples in a quarter, it’s a good day.
Behind an offensive explosion, the Sixers were up 38-23 after one. The Nets were able to trim the lead back to single digits in the second half, using some questionable foul calls to gain momentum, but the Sixers were still up nine at the midway point.
The second half went largely in the Sixers’ favor, with Embiid pounding the interior and the bench making subtle, but effective contributions. It was a resounding win that the Sixers very much needed after two disappointing losses in Atlanta and...