PHILADELPHIA 76ers vs BROOKLYN Nets NBA 11 Feb 2023. The Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Brooklyn Nets 101-98 on Saturday night thanks to Joel. Embiid’s 37 points, 13 rebounds, and James Harden’s 29 points in his first game in. Brooklyn since being dealt there a year earlier to start the Big Three separation.
After a video review, Spencer Dinwiddie’s 3-point attempt was determined to be too late. Giving the 76ers the win instead of forcing overtime.
After receiving jeers during the game’s opening moments and introductions, Harden added six rebounds and six assists. He joined the team in January 2021 to play with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, but asked to leave after just 13 months and was traded for Ben Simmons at the trade deadline the previous year.
Since being trad this week, Durant and Irving have also left.
Harden stated, I don’t get distract by outside distractions or homecomings. “I believe that coming here and winning a game was all that was on our minds, and we did a terrific job of that tonight.
In his debut game with the Nets, Mikal Bridges scored 23 points, but he missed a layup with approximately two seconds left that would have given the Nets the lead. With 0.9 seconds left, Harden converted two free throws, and Dinwiddie’s shot after a timeout was too late.
The four players the Nets acquired from Phoenix for Durant and Dallas for Irving this week, Bridges, Cam Johnson, Dinwiddie, and Dorian Finney-Smith, all started for the team. With only one basket made in the final 6 1/2 minutes, the Nets gave off the impression of being a tough defensive club that will miss the production of two All-Stars.
Bridges added, “We were receiving favourable looks, but sometimes you can’t control. They appear good but don’t enter.
Midway through the fourth quarter, the Nets had a nine-point lead before Embiid finished an 8-0 rally with a layup to make it 96-95 with 3:55 left. From that point on, the Sixers had multiple opportunities to seize the lead but failed to do so until Embiid recover Harden’s missed layup and was foul while regaining his footing. With 5.2 left to play, his free throws gave Philadelphia the advantage permanently.
Jalen McDaniels scored five points in 16 minutes after being acquir at the deadline from Charlotte. In the following game, Harden will also take on a previous squad. Houston will visit the 76ers on Monday.
Seth Curry, another player acquired in the Harden-Simmons trade, is out with a left adductor strain for the Nets. Simmons finished with three rebounds and four points. Coach Jacque Vaughn turned 48 years old.