It took a team effort to get it done for the Nets, as six players scored in double figures.
The injury alone creates a ton of problems that could get people fired, Brett Brown in particular.
Embiid missed 14 of Philadelphia's final 24 games with left knee soreness and his participation in the team's practice on Friday was limited. If Embiid isn't giving them 27 and 13, the team isn't good enough to win. Past year in the playoffs, Simmons averaged 16.3 points and 7.7 assists in 11 games.
76ers: Butler and Tobias Harris are both eligible for free agency and could stick around after they were acquired in mid-season trades.
Butler finished with a playoff career-high 36 points and nine rebounds, shooting 50% from the field. This is the playoffs, I expect him to play.
Spencer Dinwiddie and Caris LeVert combined for 41 of Brooklyn's franchise playoff-record 59 bench points.
The Nets beat the Sixers 111-102 in Game 1 in a game that was a disaster for the organization before the opening tip.
Stop us if you've heard this before: Ben Simmons struggled in a playoff game.
Russell led the Nets with 26 points, while LeVert had 23 and Dinwiddie 18. It's the normal 2-2-1-1-1 format, meaning the Sixers start - and, if it goes seven games, end - the series in Philadelphia. "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.