Joel Embiid had a play-off career-high 40 points as the Philadelphia 76ers levelled their Eastern Conference semi-final series with the Atlanta Hawks.
The 76ers won 118-102 at home to make it 1-1 in the best-of-seven series. Earlier on Tuesday, Embiid came second to Nikola Jokic in voting for the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for 2020-21.
The Denver Nuggets player became the lowest-drafted MVP in NBA history and the first player in franchise history to win the award.
Elsewhere the Utah Jazz, the number one seed for the play-offs, opened their Western Conference semi-final by edging a 112-109 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
On Tuesday Kevin Durant scored 32 points in three quarters to help the Brooklyn Nets cruise to an empathic 125-86 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks . The win means they take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semi-final series.
The Nets, without James Harden who had a tight hamstring, led by 49 points in the fourth quarter.
The victory is their fifth double-digit win of the post-season. Game three is in Milwaukee on Thursday night, with the series winners to face the Atlanta Hawks or the Philadelphia 76ers for a place in next month’s NBA Finals.
Atlanta lead that series 1-0. Elsewhere, the Phoenix Suns beat the Denver Nuggets 122-105 in game one of the Western Conference semi-finals.