LOS ANGELES -- Kevin Durant had to remind everyone that he���s still Kevin Durant just in case y���all forgot he was Kevin Durant, so Kevin Durant dropped a performance Thursday that few players other than Kevin Durant can deliver.
For most of this season, the Philadelphia 76ers' designated shooter was a better shooter when he shared the floor with center Joel Embiid. But with Embiid missing Game 3 of the Sixers' first round series against the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday, Redick scored more points than he did in Games 1 and 2 combined. And despite the absence of their most important player, the Sixers rolled to a 131-115 victory and took a 2-1 series lead.
One game after being torched by Jamal Murray, who scored 22 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter in the Nuggets' Game 2 win over the Spurs, Derrick White showed up for Game 3 like a fire-breathing dragon. The result was a 118-108 home-court victory for the Spurs and a 2-1 series lead.
Dallas Mavericks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. has undergone surgery for a stress fracture in his lower left leg and is expected to resume basketball activities before the start of training camp in September.
The first round series between the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets has been the best offensive series of the postseason so far, with the two teams having combined to score 118 points per 100 possessions.