By Owen Althouse, PSO Asst. Director of Sports Operations
Jun 08, 2021

The ‘Best of the Day’ is a daily PSO original series showcasing the most significant stories, highlights, and facts going on in the land of the NFL, NBA, & MLB every day. Get a recap on EVERYTHING that happened on 6/7 here

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.

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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. 


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KD’s crossover leads the Nets to a 2-0 lead

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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

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Denver Nuggets (105) vs. Phoenix Suns (122)

[Highlights#2 @SUNS (-200; $14.78) d. #3 NUGGETS (+173; $10.80122-105 [PHX -5 | o221.5] (PHX 1-0)

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A Championship drought will be ended this year

  • None of the 8 teams still alive in the NBA playoffs have won a Championship since the playoffs expanded to 16 teams in 1984
  • 5 of the 8 teams have NEVER won a NBA Championship

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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

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