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Nets vs. 76ers – NBA Sport Recap – November 22, 2022

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PHILADELPHIA — — Ben Simmons shrugged off the boos that rose out of the Philly crowd every time the mercurial guard dealt with the ball.

The Nets guard even egged on followers yet one more time over their reception towards one of many extra loathed former Philly stars in sports activities historical past.

“I assumed it was going to be louder,” Simmons stated.

Tobias Harris scored 24 factors and a spirited Philadelphia 76ers group enjoying with out Joel Embiid and James Harden spoiled Simmons’ homecoming with a 115-106 win over Brooklyn on Tuesday evening.

“I really feel like this can be a enormous win for us,” Harris stated. “I knew going into the sport we have been all going to come back out with this sort of vitality and this sort of buzz to rise up to play.”

There was loads of buzz from the time the doorways opened in anticipation of Simmons’ return. He had 11 factors, 11 assists and 7 rebounds to the tune of regular boos. Simmons even had a late-game fade acquainted to the Sixers. He did not take a shot, was scoreless within the fourth quarter and scored solely two factors within the second half.

Kyrie Irving scored 23 factors and Kevin Durant had 20 earlier than coach Jacque Vaughn pulled his beginning lineup with 3 minutes left within the sport.

“Everyone desires to see our group fail,” Durant stated. “No person likes Ben. No person likes Ky. No person likes myself.”

The anticipated marquee matchup was dimmed with Embiid out with a sprained left foot, Harden nonetheless out with a tendon pressure in his proper foot and beginning guard Tyrese Maxey additionally out with a damaged left foot.

Embiid vs. Simmons should wait.

Simmons vs. 76ers followers was fairly good.

Simmons was heckled, drew a flagrant foul, shushed a sellout crowd of 20,184 on a layup, and even Jordan-shrugged after hitting free throws. Of most significance for a participant who has battled psychological well being points, Simmons performed with poise as boos rained on him for the majority of his 32 minutes.

“I really feel like I am in a very good place,” Simmons stated. “I am completely satisfied. I do what I really like. To be on the market and having that have was wonderful.”

He already had three assists when he went to the free throw line early within the sport. Simmons was booed however by no means seemed rattled and sank each baskets. Simmons had a reverse layup minutes later for his first bucket.

Sixers followers have been principally well-behaved — save for a few short-lived “(expletive) Ben Simmons!” chants — and principally saved the four-letter phrases for tape on the again of their outdated No. 25 jerseys.

Simmons and second-year Sixer Georges Niang tussled late within the first half and Niang gave his former teammate a lightweight stiff-arm to the physique that earned a technical foul.

Harden could not consider the decision from the bench. Sixers proprietor Josh Harris seemed appalled.

Simmons missed the technical free throw and the group roared as a lot because it did all sport. Simmons, although, hit the court docket for a steal and knocked the free ball to Durant for a bucket.

The Sixers nonetheless took a 63-57 lead into the break.

It wasn’t all jeers, all sport. Simmons did make 76ers followers go wild over him when he missed consecutive free throws within the second half and triggered a free fast-food hen promotion.

“I assumed he was in assault mode, he was aggressive, confirmed lots of poison by way of the course of the evening,” Vaughn stated. “The expertise to get by way of and get it behind him, actually good.”

Simmons averaged 15.9 factors, 8.1 rebounds and seven.7 assists over 4 seasons with Philadelphia, which drafted him out of LSU, the place he performed just one season. His omnipresent complications di lui, similar to his refusal to shoot past 15 ft, outweighed his in any other case gifted defensive and playmaking abilities di lui. Simmons’ relationship with the Sixers deteriorated following the 2021 playoffs and he demanded a commerce.

Simmons made a shock return to the Sixers shortly earlier than final season opened however was promptly kicked out of form and suspended for one sport. The punishment did not matter; the No. 1 choose of the 2016 draft by no means had any intention of enjoying.

Simmons hugged Rivers within the handshake line and met with friends and family sitting on the baseline earlier than he headed for the customer’s tunnel — and one last refrain of boos.

“I feel it may be like this ceaselessly,” Simmons stated. “I actually do not see it altering.”

TIP-INS

Nets: Seth Curry scored 14 factors. He was concerned within the Simmons commerce however his half within the deal was a bit extra private. He’s 76ers coach Doc Rivers’ son-in-law. … PJ Tucker was scoreless for the fourth straight sport, giving him the longest streak of games with at the very least 25 minutes performed and 0 factors scored in NBA historical past.

76ers: Harris grabbed his proper ankle and hobbled to the locker room within the third quarter. He gave Sixers followers a scare however returned and hit a jumper that made it 85-82.

UP NEXT

Nets: Proceed a three-game journey Wednesday at Toronto and Friday at Indiana.

76ers: Embiid will miss Wednesday’s sport at Charlotte.

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