JOEL EMBIID (31 PTS., 16 REBS., 32 MINS.) POWERS SIXERS TO 3-1 LEAD!

By Michael Bennett

If game 3 was a romp for the Sixers, game 4 was a grind.

But they left Brooklyn with what they needed, a 112-108 win and a 3-1 lead in this seven-game series. They’ll have a chance Tuesday night to move into the second round with a win in Philly.

Mike Scott hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 19.7 seconds left, giving the Sixers a 110-108 lead. The Nets had a chance to tie, but center Jared Allen had the ball taken from him in the lane, essentially handing the game to the Sixers.

Joel Embiid was brilliant in his return, scoring 31 points, pulling down 16 rebounds and dishing out seven assists — including the pass on the go-ahead three-pointer to Scott.

Caris LeVert led the Nets with 25 points.

What seemed to be a turning point in the game came midway through the third quarter, when the Nets and Sixers got into a shoving match near the Sixers bench.

It started with a hard foul from Embiid, who knocked Nets center Jared Allen to the ground. Nets forward Jared Dudley took exception, shoving Embiid. From there, Butler shoved Dudley and the pile spilled all the way into the first and second rows behind the basket.

Once everyone got to their feet, the referees conducted a lengthy review. Embiid was charged with a Flagrant 1, and both Butler and Dudley were charged with technical fouls and ejected. The punishment, on all three calls, was arguably overly harsh. But the referees were clearly trying to maintain control of a series that has become highly emotional.

The edge seemed to go to the Nets, who were losing a role player compared to the Sixers, who were losing one of their best players.

But Philly, which was down six points at the time of the ejections, still managed to find a way to rally and win a critical game.

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