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Brett Brown’s fiery Game 2 halftime speech left Jimmy Butler ‘shocked’

The Philadelphia 76ers flipped the switch in the third quarter in a major way during Monday’s 145-123 Game 2 victory over the Brooklyn Nets, and players are crediting Brett Brown’s fiery, expletive-laden halftime speech as motivation for it.

The Sixers, who lost Game 1 on their home court Saturday in a 111-102 stunner, came out firing in the second half of Game 2 Monday night after staking themselves to a 65-64 halftime lead. When the third quarter was all said and done, the Sixers had scored 51 points and led 116-87.

Jimmy Butler admitted after the win that Brown’s passionate performance in the locker room inspired the outstanding third quarter.

“He came in here and said a few cuss words — shocked me a little bit to tell the truth,” Butler said of Brown, per The Athletic’s Rich Hoffman. “But I like it; that is the type of energy I love — make sure everybody did their job, letting them know we can’t have it, it’s not winning basketball — and we came out and did what we were supposed to do.”

A handful of Sixers players echoed Butler’s sentiments after the game as well.

The 76ers could not afford to fall into an 0-2 hole to the Nets in the first-round series, especially with Games 3 and 4 set to be played at Barclays Center. Evening up the series at one game apiece obviously gives the Sixers an opportunity to reset before hitting the road.

It certainly sounds as if Brown’s halftime outburst was a bit out of character for the typically calm, cool and collected head coach. Good coaches obviously know when to talk players up and when to challenge them, and it appears Browns played the situation perfectly on Monday night.