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Philadelphia 76ers Bounce Back in Game 2 to Even the Series 1 – 1 against the Brooklyn Nets

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NBA – the 3rd seeding Philadelphia 76ers host Game 2 of Round 1 of the 2019 NBA Playoffs against the visiting 6th seeded team Brooklyn Nets in their own best of seven series at Wells Fargo Center in 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

The 76ers were stunned in Game 1, after the Brooklyn Nets steal the home advantage in a 111 – 102 win at Wells Fargo. Nets star player and point guard D’Angelo Russell lead the Nets in scoring with 26 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. While the 76ers forward Jimmy Butler dropped 36 points and 9 rebounds in losing effort.

Game 2 is a must win for the 76ers despite their superstar player Joel Embiid is nursing an injury but available to play the game. While the Nets must continue what they do in Game 1 in order to get a commanding 2 – 0 lead before shifting the series at their home count at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York.

In the game, the 76ers came strong as expected to take the 1st quarter by a storm leading by as much double digit but ending the quarter up by only 6 points, 34 – 28.

In the 2nd quarter, the Nets are still down by a double digit lead, but came back strong in the later minutes and even won the quarter 36 – 31 to finish the 1st half down by a single point 64 – 65.

At the start of the 3rd quarter, the 76ers came strong with 14 – 0 unanswered points 79 – 65 with 9:25 in the quarter. The 76ers never look back exploding for 51 points setting an NBA record in franchise history.

At the 4th and final quarter where the game is officially over after a massive 3rd quarter by 76ers that bounce back from Game 1, humiliating loss.

Ben Simmons sets a franchise record, becoming the 3rd player in 76ers to post a triple double in the NBA Playoffs. Simmons finishes the game with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists while Joel Embiid leads the 76ers in scoring with 23 points and 10 rebounds.

Meanwhile, Nets superstar D’Angelo Russel l was limited to 16 points.

Piston, Hornets and the Heat Battles for the 8th Spot in the East

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NBA – The cast for the 2018 – 2019 NBA Playoffs is almost completed with only one remaining spot in the Eastern Conference, where three teams battles for the last and the remaining spot on the right to advance in the 2019 post season. 

The Detroit Piston is currently holding the 8th spot in the East with 39 wins and 41 losses and in a 4 – game losing skid.

The Charlotte Hornets tied with the Miami Heat at 10th and 11th places respectively with 38 wins and 42 losses, the Hornets are in 3 – game winning streak while the Heat ate in 4 – game losing skid.

Among the three teams, the Detroit Piston has a much better chances of making the post season with lighter assignment in their last two games of the regular season against the Memphis Grizzlies and the New York Knick's.

For the Charlotte Hornets they will still have to rely upon on the result of the Piston remaining games, should the Piston losses one of their two last games? Hornets must win both of their last games which has a tougher match in their final game against the Orlando Magic.

Meanwhile, The Miami Heat is also in a must win situation, but in a much tougher assignment in their last two games against the Philadelphia 76ers and the Brooklyn Nets. It has been a rough week for the Heat losing 4 – closed games against the Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves and the Toronto Raptors.

So, let’s just wait the result of upcoming games for these three teams and let’s see who will make the final spot or the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference? Will it be the Detroit Piston? the Charlotte Hornets or for the final time in the post season Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat?

Miami Heat Trying to Hold on the No. 8 Spot in the East

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NBA – 3 – time NBA Champion the Miami Heat visits the 17 – time NBA Champion the Boston Celtics in their 3rd meeting at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. 

The Boston Celtics are already booked a spot in the post season, which currently rank them at the 4th spot in the East Standing tied with the Indiana Pacers at 45 wins and 32 losses. A win against the Heat will remain at 4th spot, but a loss will send them down to 5th spot. 

The Miami Heat is currently holding the 8th spot in the East with 38 wins and 38 losses, which is a very tight spot that a slight mistake will endanger their chance of making the post season? Teams from 6th seed to 9th seed are just a game behind from each other so this spot is a circus spot that a slight mistake will turn every team's chances of making the 2019 NBA Playoffs.

The game between the Celtics and the Heat is a very important game for the Heat to hold on the 8th spot or even further up their chances of grabbing the 7th seed in the East if the Brooklyn Net loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in their match tonight?

But a loss to the Celtics tonight will drop the Heat's record to 38 wins and 39 loss tied at the 8th and 9th spot with the Orlando Magic but again if the Magic wins tonight against the Toronto Raptors the Heat will be in 9th spot but a loss by the Magic means the Heat will remain in the 8th seed.

So this game is very important game to the Miami Heat they must win their match tonight against the Celtics and not rely on other teams to loss just to hold on the 8th spot.

Whatever happen on tonight’s game between the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics they will still face one another for their 4th and final match of the 2018 – 2019 NBA Regular Season at Americans Airlines Arena in Downtown, Miami this coming April 4 (PH Time).