PHILADELPHIA – First the nets lost their star, then they lost a heartbreaker.
Hours after Kyrie Irving was chosen for shoulder surgery at the end of the season, the Nets clinched the best win of the season, losing a late lead on Thursday with a loss of 112-104 overtime against the 76s.
It was a devastating way to get out of the All Star break for the nets (25-29), who had won four out of five since Irving's knee injury. Now he's going to miss the rest of the season for shoulder surgery.
The Sixers got the nets from the 2019 playoffs and dominated in three games this season. Despite Joel Embiid's usual dominance, the networks had improved from an early 16-point hole to 101-95 with 2:16 in regulation.
It was a head start that they couldn't keep. They had the Sixers close in an 8-2 run and were blocked on summer to send the game into extra time. Then Philadelphia wrestled the game away.
Spencer Dinwiddie (22 points, eight assists at play) made the second of two free throws to break the ice. But Alec Burks turned a three-point game at the other end into a duel against Philadelphia, then Dinwiddie and Caris LeVert (team high 25 points, six rebounds) flipped the ball into consecutive possessions.
Shake Milton's drive increased the Sixers' lead to 108-104, and Burk's 16-foot jumper made it half a dozen. Kenny Atkinson called a 1:32 break, but the damage was done.
DeAndre Jordan had 14 points and 15 boards from the bank to spell an ineffective Jarrett Allen. The center of the young nets was dominated by Embiid, who had 11 of his 39 strong points in the first five minutes to put the nets in a 20-4 hole.
Long Island-born Tobias Harris added 22 for the Sixers, who are 35-21.
"Enormous respect. They dominated us for three games, ”Atkinson said earlier. “We had a shot to hit them in the last game, some regret there. Listen, Brett [Brown] did a fantastic job. I don't want to play them in the playoffs. You are better than last year. "
The Sixers improved to 26-2 at home.
After seeing how Allen was treated by Embiid, Atkinson moved to his young center and installed Jordan. The impact of the bloody veteran, standing from head to toe with embiid, was clear and immediate. The nets immediately broke a 24-6 spurt to give a two-point advantage over Wilson Chandler's 3-pointer.
The extended run reached 40-10 when Allen checked in at 5:42 in half. And when Joe Harris took a Taurean Prince lining for a moving layup, Brooklyn had padded the pillow to 50-30. The Sixers demanded a break and were showered with boos from the local crowd, which were spoiled by the success.
But it would never be that easy. Philadelphia halved the lead at 52-42 during the break and wiped it out completely when Milton converted a three-point game into a 76-75 lead. A missed 3 by LeVert resulted in a quick break for Furkan Korkmaz and an 83-78 Philadelphia lead of 9:50.
The nets even pulled at 89-, 91- and 93-all. And after a brief six-point lead, they flushed him out and were put into extra time when Chandler was blocked by Embiid.