The Nets took control late in the first quarter and held the lead the rest of the way, causing the boo-birds to rain down in Philly as Brooklyn upset the 76ers on Saturday, 111-102, to take Game 1. >> Box score
Five things to know about Saturday's game
1) Brooklyn used an incredible 20-1 run to take a 39-23 lead in the second quarter. After trailing by three, the Nets closed the first quarter on a 12-0 run over the final 2:30. The Sixers would get to within two in the third quarter, but that's as close as they'd get.
2) D'Angelo Russell -- who else? -- led the Nets with 26 points. He paced them in the second half when he scored 19. He shot 10-for-25 from the field, including 2-for-6 from beyond the arc, and added four assists and three rebounds.
3) Brooklyn's bench was a difference-maker in this one. Caris LeVert scored 14 of his 23 points in the second quarter and made all three of his 3-point attempts. Ed Davis had 12 points and 16 rebounds; Spencer Dinwiddie poured in 18 points. Veteran Jared Dudley had a key steal on a Ben Simmons transition late in the fourth quarter and then drew a foul on the other end. The Nets' 59 bench points marks a franchise record for a playoff game, according to ESPN Stats and Info.
4) Despite being listed as doubtful with a left knee issue, Joel Embiid did play for the 76ers and had 22 points, 15 rebounds, five blocks and four assists in 24 minutes, though he shot just 5-for-15 from the field. Jimmy Butler led Philly with 36 points. Boban Marjanovic was the only other 76er in double-digit scoring with 13 points.
5) The Nets broke open a lead in the first half with terrific 3-point shooting. When Russell drained a 3-pointer to put the Nets up 44-27, Brooklyn was 8-for-12 from deep at that time, while Philadelphia was 0-for-11 from 3-point range at that point. The final 3-point tallies were 11-for-26 for the Nets and a dreadful 3-for-25 for the Sixers.
The Nets will try to take a 2-0 series lead when they play Game 2 at Philadelphia Monday at 8 p.m.