Ben Simmons’ Brooklyn Nets, who are busy returning to Philadelphia, suffered a humiliating loss on Tuesday (115-106), against the Sixers who nevertheless lacked their three stars. Ahead of the game, the focus was on ex-Sixer Simmons playing in his first game in Philadelphia since being traded to the Nets in February, but the home side, without starters Joel Embiid, James Harden and Tyrese Maxey injured, stole the show. Tobias Harris scored 18 of his 24 points after the second quarter, De’Anthony Melton contributed 22 points and Paul Reed came off the bench with 19 points and 10 rebounds to carry the 76ers. Shake Milton and Georges Niang added 16 points each.
“I just have to find a rhythm and once I find that flow, I stick with it.Harris said. It’s a big win for us.”pointed out the 30-year-old winger.
Sixers fans loudly booed Simmons when he was introduced and every time he touched the ball, despite a bitter breakup with the 26-year-old Australian who spent four seasons in the ” Philly “.
“I thought it would be stronger”relativized Simmons.
Simmons, a former 2016 NBA Draft No. 1 pick, played 32 minutes and scored 11 points, dished out 11 assists, grabbed seven rebounds, blocked three shots and made three steals.
Kyrie Irving led the Nets with 23 points while Kevin Durant had his worst performance of the season (20 points). “You just have to get through it and stay confidentIrving said how Simmons handled the boos, I think he did a good job. »
In Phoenix, Mikal Bridges and Devin Booker each scored 25 points to lead the Suns to victory over the Los Angeles Lakers (115-105).
Despite the impressive performance of Anthony Davis (37 points, 21 rebounds, five blocks, five steals), the Lakers, deprived of the injured LeBron James, still have not won an away game this season in six games .
Their point guard Patrick Beverley was ejected late in the game after hitting Suns center Deandre Ayton in the back, who fell to the floor after tripping Lakers guard Austin Reaves, who was already on the ground.
His teammates barely dodged the blow that triggered an all-out brawl. “Pat needs to stop pushing people behind their backs”Booker warned.
The California franchise, crowned for 17e times in 2020, occupying a pitiful 14e and penultimate place in the Western Conference, with five wins for 11 losses.
Sacramento will believe
The Sacramento Kings, cool 3is, can on the other hand dream of the playoffs, after signing a seventh straight victory. In Memphis, their leader De’Aaron Fox scored 32 points to allow Sacramento to win on the floor of the Grizzlies (113-109), but was led by 34 points from Ja Morant, who made a surprise comeback after a twisted ankle.
One thousand six hundred kilometers further west, in Denver, Croatian Bojan Bogdanovic scored 22 points, including two free throws 8 seconds from the end, to seal Detroit’s brief surprise victory (110-108).
The Pistons, dead last in the Eastern Conference, won their fourth victory in 19 games this season.
Serbian Nikola Jokic, the league’s double MVP, scored 31 points, dished out 10 assists and grabbed 9 rebounds for the Nuggets, but is still in the green on the accounting level.