The first-round action of the NBA playoffs continued on Saturday with a thriller between the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers. A third-quarter scuffle saw Jared Dudley and Jimmy Butler both get ejected, and the two teams traded big shot after big shot down the stretch. Eventually, the Sixers held on for the victory, thanks to a late 3-pointer by Mike Scott, and took a 3-1 lead in the series.
One of the bigger surprises of the opening round has been the success of the seventh-seeded San Antonio Spurs. They currently hold a 2-1 series lead over the No. 2 Denver Nuggets after a 118-108 win in Game 3, thanks to a huge 36-point effort from Derrick White.
Meanwhile, the NBA‘s top-ranked Milwaukee Bucks are looking to take a stranglehold on their series against the No. 8 Detroit Pistons. It was already going to be an uphill battle for the Pistons, but to make matters worse, Blake Griffin has missed the first two games with a knee injury and might remain sidelined for Game 3. The Bucks have won each game by double digits while Giannis Antetokounmpo has scored at least 24 points in each victory.
Finally, the fourth-seeded Houston Rockets have looked like an absolute buzzsaw in their series against the No. 5 Utah Jazz, and will look to continue their dominance as they look to take a commanding 3-0 lead.
NBA playoffs schedule for Saturday, April 20
*All times Eastern
- Philadelphia 76ers 112, Brooklyn Nets 108 (Box Score)
- Denver Nuggets at San Antonio Spurs, 5:30 p.m. (GameTracker) TV: TNT | Streaming: fuboTV (try it free)
- Milwaukee Bucks at Detroit Pistons, 8 p.m. (GameTracker) TV: ESPN
- Houston Rockets at Utah Jazz, 10:30 p.m. (GameTracker) TV: ESPN
Aldridge rocks the rim on the putback
Embiid puts together incredible game
Joel Embiid was a game-time decision for Game 4 on Saturday, but he didn’t appear to be feeling too many ill effects from his sore knee. The big man was everywhere for the Sixers, putting up 31 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists and six blocks to help his squad get a crucial win.
Scott wins it for the Sixers
The Sixers secured a thrilling victory on Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn to take a 3-1 series lead over the Nets, and did so thanks to a huge shot from Mike Scott. The role player drained a 3-pointer in the corner to give the Sixers the lead for good in the closing seconds.
Simmons slams over Allen
Butler, Dudley ejected after scuffle
In the third quarter, Joel Embiid dished out a hard foul on Jarrett Allen. Jared Dudley ended up shoving Embiid, which led to Jimmy Butler shoving Dudley into the stands. Both Butler and Dudley .
LeVert dunks on Embiid
Caris LeVert was inserted into the Brooklyn starting lineup after averaging 20.7 points off the bench in the first three games of the series. LeVert got involved in the offense early on as he threw down this huge two-handed slam dunk on Joel Embiid in the opening quarter.