Ben Simmons‘ first sport in Philly in opposition to Joel Embiid was at all times going to be intense. Nobody anticipated it to be this chippy.
The primary quarter of Nets-76ers featured 4 technical fouls, and there have been seven whole all through the sport. The most important dustup occurred between the groups’ beginning facilities, when Joel Embiid and Nic Claxton acquired double technicals, shortly after Claxton emphatically rejected Embiid’s dunk try.
Embiid went up for a jam halfway by way of the primary quarter and acquired packed by Claxton. The 76ers massive man fell to the bottom, however he ended up with an uncontested layup when Matisse Thybulle’s steal disrupted the next Brooklyn quick break.
The play left Embiid shook — and never simply bodily. Embiid began jawing at Claxton moments later, and the officers referred to as him for a technical foul. Claxton will need to have mentioned one thing equally intense again, as a result of he additionally acquired T’d up.
The Philadelphia crowd booed Simmons each time he touched the ball. They acquired even louder each time Simmons matched up on Embiid on a swap. When Simmons acquired whistled for a technical after shoving Georges Niang, the group was happier than on half-price cheesesteak day at Geno’s.
To not be outdone, Kyrie Irving acquired right into a verbal change with a Sixers fan as properly.
Beginning issues off early, Nets coach Jacque Vaughn acquired a technical lower than three minutes into the sport. He spent a timeout, seemingly so he may spend the whole break complaining to the officers.
James Harden additionally acquired a technical within the first quarter, after not seeming to do a lot, so maybe the Claxton name was to even out the technicals whereas telling each groups to knock it off. In any case, commissioner Adam Silver was in attendance, and the referees wanted to appear like they have been sustaining management in entrance of their boss.
Maybe appropriately for a sport that featured 45 private fouls and 7 technicals, the sport got here right down to free throws. The 76ers went 35-of-36 from the road of their 137-133 victory, together with excellent taking pictures down the stretch, when the Nets repeatedly reduce the result in two factors.
Embiid completed 13-of-13 from the road and had 26 factors, whereas Simmons went a stunning 2-of-Three from the road and had 12 factors. In fact, it would not be Simmons in Philly with out him passing up an open dunk.
Some issues by no means change.