Even though the 76ers didn't have Joel Embiid for Game 3 because of a left knee injury, the Nets couldn't keep pace with the 76ers in a 131-115 Game 3 loss in Brooklyn Thursday night. The Nets now trail the first-round series, 2-1. >> Box score
Five things to know about Thursday's game
1) After trailing by six at halftime, the 76ers opened up an 18-point lead in the third quarter before the Nets closed the third on a 14-3 run. They got to within six in the fourth but the Sixers took control down the stretch.
2) D'Angelo Russell and Caris LeVert each led the Nets with 26 points. LeVert scored 19 of his points in the second quarter and Russell had scored nine straight for the Nets when they cut the deficit to 107-101.
3) Tobias Harris followed that up with a 3-pointer to put the Sixers up nine. Harris had a postseason career high with 29 points on 11-for-17 shooting (6-for-6 from 3-point range) and grabbed 16 rebounds. Ben Simmons was a two-way force for Philly, putting up 31 points, nine assists, four rebounds, three blocks and two steals while shooting 11-for-13. This came after Jared Dudley said Simmons was "average" in half-court.
4) The Nets were cold from beyond the arc, making just eight of 40 3-point attempts while the Sixers shot 11-for-27 from deep. Russell was 2-for-9 from 3-point range. Joe Harris went 0-for-4 from deep.
5) JJ Redick was another X-factor in this one. He scored 26 points while making five of nine 3-point attempts. Jimmy Butler had a modest night compared to his teammates, scoring 16 points. It was Harris, Simmons and Redick that Brooklyn couldn't stop.
N:OW or never ❄❄❄ pic.twitter.com/QFSrLgoBPP- Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) April 19, 2019
4️⃣- Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) April 19, 2019
The teams meet in Game 4 on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Barclays Center.