How fun was it to sit in the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday night as the Sixers put it all together for a runaway 116-95 victory over the Toronto Raptors?
Joel Embiid threw down a gigantic windmill dunk, flew the airplane, and finished it with an Allen Iverson-esque hand-to-the-ear LET ME HEAR YOU gesture to the crowd.
That’s how fun Game 3 was in Philadelphia.
While the series is far from over — plenty of work to be done and all that — last night’s victory was a unusually fun one, so it’s worth revisiting some of its most memorable moments one more time.
9. Squad deep in Philly
The Brotherly Love was real from the start with the Phillies, Flyers, and Eagles repped by Rhys Hoskins, JVR, and Carson Wentz. Then you had the crew sitting courtside with A.I., Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, Zach Ertz, Meek Mill, and Michael Rubin. That’s a squad.
Whole teams here.— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) May 3, 2019
The Sixers enlisted the help of all the sports teams to ring us in tonight. pic.twitter.com/YGuqZ81KfJ
This city’s different 😤😤 pic.twitter.com/rpIPrZpCKC— Zach Ertz (@ZERTZ_86) May 3, 2019
8. Pascal Siakam kickin’ it and Jo not even giving him the time of day
You can’t get in the big man’s head. He’s in yours.
W H A T pic.twitter.com/U2iukCebA2— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) May 3, 2019
7. Jimmy telling Jo to shoot
jimmy butler yelling at embiid to shoot 3s is amazing 😂 pic.twitter.com/DFWmGOqllo— Drew Corrigan (@Dcorrigan50) May 3, 2019
6. The finger move
5. All of Joel’s blocks
Nothing brings the noise level up in the Center like a good Embiid rejection. He had five of them in Game 3.
4. Ben Simmons to Jimmy alley-oop
This had the building rocking early.
3. Joel leaves it hanging and then a little shimmy (tie)
The big man was feeling it from distance. And his celebrations were world class. First, he left it hanging in Gasol’s face for the most amazing of photos. Then, later in the game, he pulled out the big man shimmy!
Three plus a little shimmy from Joel Embiid 🤣 pic.twitter.com/0JJjbmUg3v— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) May 3, 2019
2. Jimmy Butler’s dunk and A.I.’s reaction
What a performance from Jimmy all game long. But Allen is like the walking embodiment of the heart and soul of Philadelphia. Watching him react so happily with DeSean Jackson is everything.
1. The Embiid windmill
As Mike Scott put it: “This dude nice, bruh. One-dribble windmill, that’s tough in a game, that’s tough to do, man. He’s special. He’s one of one.”
This dunk happened. You’ll never forget it.
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