Tyrese Maxey hit six 3-pointers and scored 33 points to lift the host Philadelphia 76ers to a 96-84 victory and a 2-0 series lead over the Brooklyn Nets in the opening round of the Eastern Conference playoffs on Monday
Game 3 will be Thursday in Brooklyn.
Joel Embiid added 20 points, 19 rebounds, seven assists and three blocked shots, and Tobias Harris had 20 points and 12 rebounds. James Harden chipped in with eight points, seven assists, five rebounds and four steals.
Leading 85-78 in the fourth quarter, Embiid threw down a dunk and followed with a tough turnaround jumper for an 89-78 advantage with 2:35 left.
Cameron Johnson led the Nets with 28 points, while Mikal Bridges added 21 points, seven assists and five rebounds. Spencer Dinwiddie finished with 12 points
Bridges' jumper had pulled the Nets within 85-78 with 3:34 left
Philadelphia took a 76-68 lead with 7:30 remaining in the fourth quarter when Harris drove to the basket and scored.
Seth Curry knocked down a 3-pointer on Brooklyn's next trip to quickly close within five.
Moments later, Maxey's trey put the Sixers ahead 83-73, but Royce O'Neale came right back with a 3-pointer with 4:29 left to cut the deficit to seven.
The Nets went ahead 43-35 in the second quarter when O'Neale dropped in a 3-pointer from the wing with 3:57 left. After an empty Sixers possession, Johnson capped a 14-3 run with a dunk and a 10-point advantage
Maxey hit a deep trey and the Sixers closed within 47-42 with about one minute remaining.
The Nets led 49-44 at halftime thanks in large part to Johnson's 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting
Maxey kept the Sixers close with 15, while Embiid pulled down 15 rebounds.
The Sixers came out hot from 3-point territory in the third and took a 64-56 lead with 6:06 left after consecutive treys from Harden and Harris.
Philadelphia held a 68-63 advantage at the end of the third.
--Field Level Media