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After losing James Harden in Game 1 against Milwaukee, the Nets were able to take care of business by blowing out the Bucks in Game 2, while Kevin Durant has looked as good as he ever has after suffering a torn Achilles in the 2019 NBA Finals. Just like all other teams remaining, the Nets are looking to end a long championship drought. Allen Iverson is one of the best 76ers to ever play. For his birthday, take a look at where he ranks amongst other all-time great Philly hoopers. June 7 also marks the ninth anniversary of LeBron’s phenomenal Game 6 performance against Boston in the 2012 ECF.
Here is the best of the day from June 7, 2021:
Nets pick up the largest playoff win in franchise history vs. Bucks without James Harden
Brooklyn successfully defended their first two home-court games after a near 40-point blowout in Game 2, which was the largest win in the Nets franchise history. Kevin Durant led all scorers with 32 points, and nobody on the Bucks even put up 20 points. The Nets struggled defensively all season but have really picked it up in the playoffs as they held the highest-scoring offense to only 86 points.
Additionally, Giannis and the Bucks really struggled from beyond the arc, shooting below 30% again. It was the opposite story for Brooklyn, who made a playoff franchise-record 21 3PA on 50% 3P. They were also the 1st team ever to win a playoff game by 35+ PTS despite having an MVP winner (James Harden) miss the game after he exited Game 1 with an injury.
KD IS UNFAIR. pic.twitter.com/2rhWoa1xoU— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) June 8, 2021
BLAKE GOT UP 😤 pic.twitter.com/vpNVL6yK6u— NBA TV (@NBATV) June 8, 2021
Brooklyn takes a 2-0 lead over the Milwaukee 👀 pic.twitter.com/qL0n1wkojO— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) June 8, 2021
This is the 53rd time Kevin Durant has scored 20+ points in a playoff half. Over the last 25 postseasons, the only players to do that more are LeBron James (96) and Kobe Bryant (69). pic.twitter.com/vOh89uLEXX— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 8, 2021
No James Harden for the Nets tonight. Brooklyn won 34 of the 42 games in which Harden played since he debuted with the team on January 16 (including postseason) but is 12–11 (.522) in games he missed over that span. #NBAPlayoffs #NBATwitterLive pic.twitter.com/vI0tAUBm5M— Elias Sports Bureau (@EliasSports) June 7, 2021
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NOBODY’S PLAYED AT A MVP LEVEL AFTER SUFFERING THE WORST INJURY IN SPORTS UNTIL NOW
The Slim Reaper suffered a torn achilles, the worst injury in sports, during the 2019 NBA Finals which led to him missing the entire 2019-20 season. This is extremely difficult to come back from but KD looks like he hasn’t missed a beat. He averaged 26.9 PPG during his first season back, his most since the 2015-16 campaign, and is the fifth leading scorer in this year’s postseason.
KD’s 32-pt outing on Monday has Brooklyn up 2-0 in the conference semifinals against who many believe is the Nets top competition in the East, with hopes of a ring on the way. This injury has ended many athletes’ careers, but Durant has never looked better during his first year back, which could be his most impressive feat yet.
KD continues to STORM through the playoffs ☔️— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 8, 2021
A strong comeback from his Achilles injury in 2019. pic.twitter.com/lhcoiKxOhX
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F Kevin Durant, BKN (W v.MIL): 32 PTS (12-18 FG | 4-6 3P), 6 AST, 4 REB, 1 BLK, 1 STL, 3 TO
#PlayerOfTheDay (6/7/21) - F Kevin Durant, BRK— Pro Sports Outlook (@PSO_Sports) June 8, 2021
- Largest win & most 3PM in a Nets playoff game ever
- 1st team to win playoff game by 35+ PTS without a MVP
- No team remaining has won NBA title since 1984
32 PTS, 6 AST, 4 REB, 12-18 FG (67%), 4-6 3P (67%) https://t.co/bJKRTNN8Z0
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Ranking the 5 Greatest Players in Philadelphia 76ers History by Alex Raphael
In honor of AI’s birthday, take a look at where ranks among the greatest 76ers of all time.
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DATE: June 7, 2012
SIGNIFICANCE: LeBron’s legendary performance forced a Game 7 against the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals
FULL story on LeBron's legendary Game 6 performance in Boston en route to his 1st career Championship https://t.co/ODgEOxkctQ— Pro Sports Outlook (@PSO_Sports) June 7, 2021
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