'So dirty': NBA Playoffs rocked by 'disgusting' moment

Philadelphia 76ers superstar Joel Embiid courted controversy in Game 2 of their NBA playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets.

Embiid, defended by Nets big man Jarrett Allen, looked to spin towards the basket but caught his opponent with a vicious elbow on the way through.

He was assessed a flagrant foul for the play, which left Allen bleeding from the lip and basketball fans questioning why he wasn’t ejected from the game.

Joel Embiid was given a flagrant foul for this move on Brooklyn’s Jarrett Allen. Picture: Twitter/@ESPN

Many labelled the play ‘dirty’ and ‘disgusting’.

Allen was able to rejoin the game with no trouble, but Embiid would continue to dominate in the second half.

Teammates laugh it up

Embiid and Aussie Ben Simmons openly laughed about the incident after the game.

After Embiid brushed it off as “unintentional”, both burst out laughing.

“I got him pretty good but I’m sorry about it,” Embiid said.

“It wasn’t intentional…I’m not usually humble, that’s why he’s laughing.”

Simmons shuts up booing fans

Philadelphia fans embraced Simmons with the city’s trademark brotherly love, instead of boos he received in Game 1.

The Australian had a triple-double as the 76ers he pounded the Nets 145-123 at Philadelphia’s Well Fargo Center on Monday to even their eastern conference first-round series 1-1.

The 145 points was a franchise play-off record and they scored 51 of the in a third-quarter blitz.

The Nets inflicted a surprise nine-point win in Saturday’s game one at the same venue and the crowd booed Simmons and the 76ers for their substandard effort.

Simmons had them on their feet in game two with a masterful 18 points, 12 assists, 10 rebounds and two steals – to join Wilt Chamberlain and Charles Barkley as the only Sixers with multiple playoffs triple-doubles.

Ben Simmons asks the fans why they’re not booing anymore. (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

Simmons started the game aggressively and scored seven of the 76ers’ first 14 points.

In the third quarter he stole the ball from the Nets’ All-Star guard D’Angelo Russell and raced down the court for a basket.

The crowd stood and applauded the Australian’s inspired play.

Simmons, who responded to the crowd’s boos on the weekend by telling them to “stay” on Brooklyn’s side, triumphantly put his right hand up to his hear as the crowd stood and cheered his steal and basket.

Embiid had another big game with 23 points and 10 rebounds despite battling knee issues and Philadelphia’s other Australian, rookie Jonah Bolden, had one point and three rebounds.

The Nets were led by Spencer Dinwiddie’s 19 points.

The best-of-seven series moves to Brooklyn with game three on Thursday and the game four on Saturday.

with AAP