The Philadelphia 76ers survived a bit of a scare in Brooklyn on Thursday night.
The Brooklyn Nets showed plenty of fight, and it took another big night from Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey to leave Barclays Center with a win.
Notably, James Harden couldn’t finish the game after being ejected in the second half with a questionable Flagrant 2 foul call.
Harden pushed Royce O’Neal in a normal basketball manner when he attempted to drive, but the refs ruled it an offensive foul.
Following the game, former NBA player Tim Legler went off against the referees, going as far as to say that it was one of the worst ejections he’s seen in 22 years on the job.
.@LegsESPN on James Harden's ejection in Game 3:
"I thought this was one of the worst ejections I think I've seen in 22 years doing this." 😯 pic.twitter.com/aVoUsRSMSk
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) April 21, 2023
Unsurprisingly, Harden wasn’t satisfied either.
He also took aim at the officials and claimed the league could not allow those things to happen at that level.
Harden’s ejection led to a bit to a bit of a rally by the Nets, and while the Sixers still won the game, it could have changed the whole outcome of the contest.
To be fair, the refs could’ve arguably ejected Joel Embiid early in the game after he kicked Nic Claxton in the groin.
So, maybe they were just compensating after some — including Charles Barkley — claimed they dropped the ball and should’ve ejected Embiid.
Whatever the case, let’s just hope this will be the last time we talk about the referees in the playoffs.
The Sixers are now up 3-0 in the series and will look to close the Nets out on Saturday.NEXT: James Harden Was Not Happy About His Flagrant Foul Call