Jimmy Butler and Jared Dudley ejected as Sixers win Game 4 over feisty Nets
Tempers in a already chippy first-round playoff series amongst the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets finally boiled in Saturday afternoon’s Game 4 when Jimmy Butler and Jared Dudley were both ejected throughout the third quarter following a dust-up nearby the baseline that spilled in to the seats.
Brooklyn’s Dudley sparked the extracurriculars after teammate Jarrett Allen landed hard following a foul by Joel Embiid, rushing straight into shove the Sixers’ 7ft star center with two hands. Butler then hurried to Embiid’s defense, pushing Dudley from behind as well as fracas tumbled into your floor seats beneath Nets’ basket.
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An extended video review led to a flagrant 1 foul for Embiid and double technical fouls for Butler and Dudley. But the Sixers, who trailed 67-61 in the time the incident, overcame have an effect on their high-scoring unawares behind Embiid and Ben Simmons for your 112-108 victory to stake a commanding three-games-to-one lead while in the best-of-seven-games series.
Dudley, the 6ft 7in forward whose peripatetic 12-year NBA career has included seven stints with six teams, introduced with a principal role inside the first-round series that belies his modest regular-season averages of 4.9 points and two.6 rebounds per game. He’s been a pebble in Philadelphia’s shoe both don and doff a legal court, thriving as the stretch five in Brooklyn’s Game 1 win, dismissing Simmons an “average” half-court player after Game 2 – which sparked a great 31-point breakout on the young Aussie in Game 3 – and messing around with a physicality the young Nets have rallied around in their upset bid.
The 33-year-old veteran, who had eight points before the incident, insisted that she had no regrets over Saturday’s abrupt exit.
“If anything I will ‘ve got him worse,” Dudley said. “Me learning to be a veteran with this team, showing these young guys in certain manner it is important to (play). However I probably would now have my money’s worth a lot more on that push. That push wasn’t even that bad.”
Embiid, who was available to five points from the first half but through with a game-high 31 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists and six blocked shots in 31 minutes, said afterward he was unbothered by Dudley’s gamesmanship.
“He’s a nobody,” Embiid said. “Opponents make an effort to do stuff like which simply in an attempt to get us away from the game. This is why I didnt react. I didnrrrt do one thing and that i didn’t think it absolutely was a flagrant foul because I sincerely been a ball. For the reason that sort of situation I simply got to stay composed and be mature and ignore it because my teammates need me a lot more than [the Nets] need him.”
Head referee Ed Malloy, chatting with a pool reporter, said Embiid’s foul rose to the level on the flagrant 1 because “there was a windup with unnecessary contact that people didn’t deem to get excessive”, adding that Simmons and Brooklyn’s D’Angelo Russell just weren’t penalized despite their proximity into the melee for being peacemakers.
Butler said the Sixers were ready for many methods from Dudley, who’s openly embraced his agitator role so that you can discompose the third-seeded Sixers.
“We definitely think it is coming,” Butler said. “I do not pay attention to him too much. I just don’t believe you’ll want to be accruing on anybody like that.”
Philadelphia coach Brett Brown believed the flare-up helped the Sixers freeze from a mostly lackluster first half, mainly in the interplay between Embiid and Simmons, who through with 15 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, including a lone steal with 4.8 seconds remaining that sealed the experience for the visitors.
“There would be a deeper connection after Jimmy (Butler) was ejected and offensively and defensively you can see what could make you state that,” Brown said. “When we lose Jimmy, this is a main factor for the team on both sides on the floor. For people together we had to regroup ourselves, gather, get back these days and play the approach we take to prefer to play. It was actually huge. We got towards a lots of pick-and-roll situations and we been able to find shooters and Joel.”
The Sixers can advance into the Eastern Conference semi-finals to get a second straight year if the series resumes night with Game 5 in Philadelphia.