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Russell, LeVert leads Nets to Game 1 stunner over 76ers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) D'Angelo Russell rang up a scoring burst that helped Brooklyn dial up an upset and filled Philly's home court with a barrage of boos.

All-Star Ben Simmons wants to put the fans on mute - and the Sixers could stand to silence their cellphones.

''If you're going to boo, then stay on that side,'' Simmons said.

Russell flashed some postseason magic, playing like the All-Star leader Brooklyn needed with 26 points, and Caris LeVert scored 23 to lead the Nets to an impressive 111-102 win Saturday over the 76ers in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.

''We've got the right pieces to keep it going,'' Russell said.

Check out this update on a mobile device: A Nets team that got hot late just to make the playoffs has the upper hand on the road over a 51-win team stocked with stars.

''I think earlier in the season, especially when we were struggling, we'd lose games like that,'' coach Kenny Atkinson said.

Not in April.

Russell, LeVert and Spencer Dinwiddie gave the Sixers fits off the dribble, buried open looks from 3-point range (11 of 26) and smoked a Sixers team that resembled one straight out of the early Process era.

Russell got the first win of his playoff career and the last laugh, scoring 14 points in the third quarter and leading the Nets to one of the biggest wins since they moved to Brooklyn. It came days after Los Angeles Lakers executive Magic Johnson, who dumped Russell on the Nets, resigned. Russell, who scored 19 points in the second half, can safely scroll through his phone to see his Nets are trending.

The 76ers might want to keep their phones on lock.

Sixers benchwarmer Amir Johnson was caught by TV cameras sitting on the bench and scrolling through his phone late in the fourth quarter and the Sixers down big. Johnson showed All-Star Joel Embiid whatever message was on the phone and then slid it into his warmup pants pocket.

Embiid said Johnson received an update on a sick daughter. Sixers coach Brett Brown called Johnson's actions ''completely unacceptable.''

So was Philadelphia's performance.

Jimmy Butler scored 36 points and saved the Sixers, widely considered a favorite to at least reach the East semis, from losing by 25. Embiid slogged his way through 24 forgettable minutes on his bum left knee. Simmons was a postseason dud against Russell, his high school teammate.

The sixth-seeded Nets turned Philly in the city of 20,000 boos - and that's just counting the ones echoing throughout the Wells Fargo Center - as they phoned in one of their worst efforts of the season.

Sixers starters Simmons, Tobias Harris and JJ Redick combined to shoot 11 of 31 from the floor for 18 points. The Sixers missed 22 of 25 3-pointers.

''We all got to do a better job. Us. The fans. We have to bring the fun,'' Embiid said.

Poised for a postseason breakthrough, Russell flourished and hit a string of jumpers in the third that never let the Sixers seriously chip away at the lead. LeVert's third 3 in the fourth made it a 16-point game and there was no looking back - at least not for Russell as he raised his arms in celebration as he headed down the tunnel into Brooklyn's locker room.

''I trust our offense. We got great minds behind it,'' Russell said. ''Coach set us up earlier this season with a routine and recipe for the offense and it's been flowing ever since.''

Embiid was introduced to a roaring standing ovation and heard chants of ''MVP!'' and ''Trust the Process'' when he opened the game with two free throws.

But he just wasn't ready to play at an All-Star level for any serious length of time. He was hit with a technical when he shoved Jared Dudley to the ground and went back to the locker room for more treatment with about 3 minutes left in the first half. He scored 22 points - including 12 free throws - and had 15 rebounds.

Butler kept the Sixers in the game with a sensational first half that showed why the franchise surrendered so much to land the four-time All-Star. He buried a 3 at the horn to send the Sixers into the break down 62-54. He was 6 of 10 and scored 23 points while the rest of the Sixers shot 10 of 38 for 31 points.

Embiid has always fancied himself a 3-point shooter, and with tendinitis in his left knee that cost him most of the final month of the season rendering him immobile, he decided to camp out a bit more beyond the arc. He missed all five 3s in the half - and the Sixers missed their first 11.

''I thought that Joel looked like he hadn't played for a while yet was still dominant,'' Brown said.

With or without a healthy Embiid, the Nets were about unstoppable for much of the half with the Sixers clearly not ready to play. Dinwiddie and DeMarre Carroll hit consecutive 3s during a 12-0 run. LeVert hit two straight 3s for a 14-point lead and the Sixers - who had been the darlings of the city during the Process - were soundly booed off the court by 20,000 fans ticked off at a supposed East contender.

TIP-INS

Nets: C Jarrett Allen was whistled for fouls on Philadelphia's first two possessions.

76ers: Butler and Tobias Harris are both eligible for free agency and could stick around after they were acquired in mid-season trades. Team owner Josh Harris said both players could be re-signed. ''It's really hard to get good players of their caliber. Now that we've attracted them into our system, we're going to work really hard at keeping them around for a while,'' Harris said.

VOTE OF CONFIDENCE?

Harris said Brown was a ''great coach'' but offered no assurance he would return to the bench for another season if the Sixers failed to make a deep run in the playoffs.

''We think he's the right leader to take us where we need to go in the playoffs,'' Harris said. ''I'm focused on the Brooklyn Nets.''

UP NEXT

Game 2 is Monday in Philadelphia.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:39   D'Angelo Russell missed fade-away jump shot  
11:37   Defensive rebound by Ben Simmons  
11:30   Joel Embiid missed jump shot  
11:26   Shooting foul on Jarrett Allen  
11:26 +1 Joel Embiid made 1st of 2 free throws 0-1
11:26 +1 Joel Embiid made 2nd of 2 free throws 0-2
11:15   DeMarre Carroll missed floating jump shot  
11:10   Defensive rebound by Joel Embiid  
11:07   Shooting foul on Jarrett Allen  
11:07 +1 Joel Embiid made 2nd of 2 free throws 0-4
10:59   Defensive rebound by Tobias Harris  
10:41   JJ Redick missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:38   Defensive rebound by DeMarre Carroll  
10:27 +3 Joe Harris made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by D'Angelo Russell 3-4
10:15   Joel Embiid missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:57   Defensive rebound by Ben Simmons  
9:45 +2 Ben Simmons made dunk 3-6
9:45   Offensive rebound by Ben Simmons  
9:37   Shooting foul on Ben Simmons  
9:37 +1 D'Angelo Russell made 2nd of 2 free throws 5-6
9:28 +2 Joel Embiid made layup, assist by Ben Simmons 5-8
9:28   Shooting foul on DeMarre Carroll  
9:28 +1 Joel Embiid made free throw 5-9
9:08   Tobias Harris missed dunk, blocked by Jarrett Allen  
9:05   Defensive rebound by DeMarre Carroll  
8:59   Offensive rebound by Jarrett Allen  
8:47   PHI team rebound  
8:47 +1 Joel Embiid made 2nd of 2 free throws 5-10
8:35 +2 Jarrett Allen made layup, assist by D'Angelo Russell 7-10
8:27   Turnover on JJ Redick  
8:27   Offensive foul on JJ Redick  
8:02   Bad pass turnover on JJ Redick, stolen by Rodions Kurucs  
7:52   Offensive rebound by DeMarre Carroll  
7:40   Defensive rebound by Tobias Harris  
7:26   Jimmy Butler missed floating jump shot  
7:16   Defensive rebound by D'Angelo Russell  
7:12 +1 DeMarre Carroll made 1st of 2 free throws 8-10
7:12 +1 DeMarre Carroll made 2nd of 2 free throws 9-10
6:56   PHI team rebound  
6:56   Personal foul on Jared Dudley  
6:56 +1 Boban Marjanovic made 1st of 2 free throws 9-11
6:56   Boban Marjanovic missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
6:54   Defensive rebound by Jarrett Allen  
6:45 +3 Joe Harris made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by D'Angelo Russell 12-11
6:34   Lost ball turnover on JJ Redick, stolen by D'Angelo Russell  
6:29   D'Angelo Russell missed driving layup, blocked by Jimmy Butler  
6:26   Offensive rebound by Jarrett Allen  
6:21   Out of bounds turnover on D'Angelo Russell  
6:07   T.J. McConnell missed turnaround jump shot  
6:05   Defensive rebound by Jarrett Allen  
5:41   Bad pass turnover on D'Angelo Russell, stolen by Boban Marjanovic  
5:20 +2 T.J. McConnell made driving layup, assist by Tobias Harris 12-13
5:09 +3 Joe Harris made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by D'Angelo Russell 15-13
4:53 +2 Jimmy Butler made jump shot 15-15
4:38   Out of bounds turnover on Joe Harris  
4:30   Shooting foul on Jarrett Allen  
4:30 +1 Jimmy Butler made 1st of 2 free throws 15-16
4:30 +1 Jimmy Butler made 2nd of 2 free throws 15-17
4:11   Shooting foul on T.J. McConnell  
4:11 +1 Spencer Dinwiddie made 1st of 2 free throws 16-17
4:02 +2 Boban Marjanovic made jump shot, assist by T.J. McConnell 17-19
3:39   PHI team rebound  
3:39   Personal foul on Ed Davis  
3:39   PHI team rebound  
3:20 +2 Ed Davis made layup, assist by Jared Dudley 19-20
2:58   Defensive rebound by Ed Davis  
2:52   Spencer Dinwiddie missed floating jump shot  
2:52   Defensive rebound by Boban Marjanovic  
2:38 +2 Boban Marjanovic made layup, assist by Tobias Harris 19-22
2:28 +1 Caris LeVert made 1st of 2 free throws 20-22
2:17   BKN team rebound  
1:58 +2 DeMarre Carroll made jump shot, assist by Caris LeVert 23-22
1:27   Lost ball turnover on Joel Embiid, stolen by DeMarre Carroll  
1:23 +2 DeMarre Carroll made layup, assist by Spencer Dinwiddie 25-22
1:13   Defensive rebound by Ed Davis  
1:11 +3 Spencer Dinwiddie made 3-pt. jump shot 28-22
0:52   Joel Embiid missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:50   Defensive rebound by Caris LeVert  
0:43   Ed Davis missed layup, blocked by Joel Embiid  
0:40   Defensive rebound by JJ Redick  
0:23   Joel Embiid missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:16   PHI team rebound  
0:14   Jonathon Simmons missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:10   Defensive rebound by Ed Davis  
0:03 +3 DeMarre Carroll made 3-pt. jump shot 31-22
0:00   PHI team rebound  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:43   Joel Embiid missed hook shot  
11:41   Offensive rebound by Joel Embiid  
11:41   Shooting foul on Jared Dudley  
11:41   Spencer Dinwiddie missed free throw  
11:41   Joel Embiid missed 1st of 2 free throws  
11:41   PHI team rebound  
11:41 +1 Joel Embiid made 2nd of 2 free throws 31-23
11:24 +3 Caris LeVert made 3-pt. jump shot 34-23
11:05   Defensive rebound by Ed Davis  
10:53   Defensive rebound by Joel Embiid  
10:43   Spencer Dinwiddie missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:13   Caris LeVert missed fade-away jump shot  
10:08 +3 Caris LeVert made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jared Dudley 37-23
9:51   Ben Simmons missed jump shot  
9:49   Defensive rebound by Ed Davis  
9:32 +2 Caris LeVert made driving layup 39-23
9:18 +2 Tobias Harris made jump shot 39-25
8:52 +2 Ed Davis made alley-oop shot, assist by Caris LeVert 41-25
8:35   Shooting foul on Ed Davis  
8:35 +1 Joel Embiid made 1st of 2 free throws 41-26
8:24 +3 D'Angelo Russell made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ed Davis 44-27
8:10   Offensive rebound by Ben Simmons  
8:02   Shooting foul on D'Angelo Russell  
7:41 +2 Caris LeVert made running Jump Shot 46-29
7:29 +3 Mike Scott made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Tobias Harris 46-32
7:15   D'Angelo Russell missed fade-away jump shot  
7:15   BKN team rebound  
7:15   Personal foul on Mike Scott  
7:04   DeMarre Carroll missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:53 +2 Boban Marjanovic made finger-roll layup, assist by T.J. McConnell 46-34
6:37   Shooting foul on Mike Scott  
6:37 +1 Treveon Graham made 1st of 2 free throws 47-34
6:37 +1 Treveon Graham made 2nd of 2 free throws 48-34
6:21   Jimmy Butler missed driving layup  
6:17   Offensive rebound by Jimmy Butler  
6:16 +2 Jimmy Butler made jump shot 48-36
5:48   Shooting foul on Treveon Graham  
5:48   Jimmy Butler missed 1st of 2 free throws  
5:48 +1 Jimmy Butler made 2nd of 2 free throws 48-37
5:31   Out of bounds turnover on Treveon Graham  
5:18   Jimmy Butler missed turnaround jump shot  
5:17   Offensive rebound by Jimmy Butler  
5:17   Personal foul on Spencer Dinwiddie  
5:17 +1 Jimmy Butler made 1st of 2 free throws 48-38
5:17 +1 Jimmy Butler made 2nd of 2 free throws 48-39
4:50 +2 T.J. McConnell made fade-away jump shot, assist by Boban Marjanovic 48-41
4:12   T.J. McConnell missed fade-away jump shot  
4:08   Defensive rebound by Joe Harris  
3:57   D'Angelo Russell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:55   Defensive rebound by Mike Scott  
3:44   Boban Marjanovic missed fade-away jump shot  
3:42   Defensive rebound by D'Angelo Russell  
3:36 +2 D'Angelo Russell made finger-roll layup 52-41
3:15   Offensive foul on Boban Marjanovic  
3:15   Turnover on Boban Marjanovic  
3:02 +2 Spencer Dinwiddie made finger-roll layup 54-41
2:45   Jimmy Butler missed jump shot  
2:42   Defensive rebound by Caris LeVert  
2:31   Shooting foul on JJ Redick  
2:31 +1 Spencer Dinwiddie made 1st of 2 free throws 55-41
2:31 +1 Spencer Dinwiddie made 2nd of 2 free throws 56-41
2:19 +2 Jimmy Butler made floating jump shot 56-43
2:09   Shooting foul on JJ Redick  
2:09 +1 Caris LeVert made 1st of 2 free throws 57-43
2:09 +1 Caris LeVert made 2nd of 2 free throws 58-43
1:57   Personal foul on Rodions Kurucs  
1:57 +1 Jimmy Butler made 1st of 2 free throws 58-44
1:57 +1 Jimmy Butler made 2nd of 2 free throws 58-45
1:41 +2 Caris LeVert made driving dunk 60-45
1:22   Offensive rebound by Jonathon Simmons  
1:17   Personal foul on Mike Scott  
1:17 +1 Jared Dudley made 1st of 2 free throws 61-47
1:17 +1 Jared Dudley made 2nd of 2 free throws 62-47
1:00 +2 Jimmy Butler made dunk 62-49
1:00   Offensive rebound by Jimmy Butler  
0:44   Caris LeVert missed jump shot  
0:36   Ben Simmons missed driving layup  
0:35   Offensive rebound by Jimmy Butler  
0:35 +2 Jimmy Butler made dunk 62-51
0:17   Joe Harris missed driving layup  
0:15   Defensive rebound by Jimmy Butler  
0:00 +3 Jimmy Butler made 3-pt. jump shot 62-54
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:38   Personal foul  
11:38 +1 Ben Simmons made 1st of 2 free throws 62-55
11:38   Ben Simmons missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
11:34   Defensive rebound by DeMarre Carroll  
11:26 +3 D'Angelo Russell made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jarrett Allen 65-55
11:11 +2 Jimmy Butler made finger-roll layup, assist by Joel Embiid 65-57
10:55   Defensive rebound by Joel Embiid  
10:49 +2 Joel Embiid made jump shot, assist by Tobias Harris 65-59
10:32   Jarrett Allen missed layup, blocked by Ben Simmons  
10:27 +2 JJ Redick made jump shot, assist by Ben Simmons 65-61
10:09   Personal foul on JJ Redick  
9:56   Offensive rebound by Jarrett Allen  
9:56   Jarrett Allen missed dunk  
9:54   Defensive rebound by Joel Embiid  
9:51 +2 Joel Embiid made finger-roll layup, assist by Tobias Harris 65-63
9:51   Shooting foul on Jarrett Allen  
9:51   Joel Embiid missed free throw  
9:49   Personal foul on Tobias Harris  
9:31   Lost ball turnover on DeMarre Carroll, stolen by Jimmy Butler  
9:31   Jumpball  
9:24   Personal foul on Joe Harris  
9:17   Jonathon Simmons missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:17   Jonathon Simmons missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:17   BKN team rebound  
9:17   Personal foul on Joel Embiid  
8:55 +2 Ed Davis made dunk 67-63
8:55   Offensive rebound by Ed Davis  
8:55 +2 Ed Davis made dunk 67-63
8:44   Defensive rebound by Rodions Kurucs  
8:44   Personal foul on Ben Simmons  
8:28   BKN team rebound  
8:28   BKN team rebound  
8:21   Lost ball turnover on Rodions Kurucs, stolen by Tobias Harris  
8:21   Lost ball turnover on Rodions Kurucs, stolen by Tobias Harris  
8:16   Jimmy Butler missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:12   Defensive rebound by Rodions Kurucs  
8:01 +2 D'Angelo Russell made jump shot 69-63
7:32   Defensive rebound by Rodions Kurucs  
7:32   Defensive rebound by Rodions Kurucs  
6:59 +2 D'Angelo Russell made jump shot 73-65
6:59 +2 D'Angelo Russell made jump shot 73-65
6:59 +2 D'Angelo Russell made jump shot, assist by Ed Davis 73-65
6:22   Defensive rebound by Mike Scott  
6:11 +2 Jimmy Butler made jump shot, assist by Boban Marjanovic 73-69
6:11 +2 Jimmy Butler made floating jump shot, assist by Boban Marjanovic 73-69
6:11   Shooting foul on Joe Harris  
6:00 +2 Joe Harris made finger-roll layup 75-70
5:42   Jimmy Butler missed jump shot  
5:39   Defensive rebound by Ed Davis  
5:25   Jimmy Butler missed driving layup  
5:25   PHI team rebound  
5:25   Traveling violation turnover on Jimmy Butler  
5:06 +2 D'Angelo Russell made jump shot 77-70
5:06   Shooting foul on Boban Marjanovic  
4:47 +2 Jimmy Butler made jump shot, assist by Boban Marjanovic 78-72
4:33   Spencer Dinwiddie missed driving layup  
4:25 +2 Ed Davis made hook shot, assist by Jared Dudley 80-72
3:35 +1 Boban Marjanovic made 1st of 2 free throws 82-75
3:16 +3 Spencer Dinwiddie made 3-pt. jump shot 85-76
3:04   JJ Redick missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:02   Defensive rebound by Ed Davis  
2:42   Caris LeVert missed layup, blocked by Boban Marjanovic  
2:38   Defensive rebound by Tobias Harris  
2:36 +2 Tobias Harris made jump shot 85-78
2:17   Personal foul on Ben Simmons  
2:17 +1 Ed Davis made 1st of 2 free throws 86-78
2:17 +1 Ed Davis made 2nd of 2 free throws 87-78
2:00   Defensive rebound by Caris LeVert  
1:51   Offensive rebound by Ed Davis  
1:51   Offensive rebound by Ed Davis  
1:47   Personal foul on Jared Dudley  
1:47   PHI team rebound  
1:47   PHI team rebound  
1:47   Ben Simmons missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
1:44   Defensive rebound by Caris LeVert  
1:27 +1 DeMarre Carroll made 1st of 2 free throws 90-78
1:01 +2 Joel Embiid made turnaround jump shot, assist by Tobias Harris 91-80
0:45 +2 Ben Simmons made alley-oop shot, assist by Joel Embiid 93-82
0:31   Spencer Dinwiddie missed driving layup  
0:26   Defensive rebound by Mike Scott  
0:19   Bad pass turnover on Joel Embiid, stolen by Caris LeVert  
0:00   Defensive rebound by Mike Scott