PHILADELPHIA – – Ben Simmons showed exactly why it wouldn’t have been easy to swap it away – even for James Harden

Simmons played a full game at either end of the court, ending with 16 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists and three steals to help the Philadelphia 76ers claim a 124-108 win over the understaffed Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night. p>

Joel Embiid scored 33 points and Tobias Harris added 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Eastern Conference leading 76ers who won five out of six

Harden had 26 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds for Brooklyn, excluding stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant

Irving faces a right finger sprain every day, and Durant is out for a week due to the NBA’s health and safety protocols

Said to be an important part of a potential Philadelphia-Houston deal that never came about when Harden landed in a blockbuster deal in Brooklyn last month, Simmons played aggressively throughout

“I look forward to playing everyone, especially Brooklyn because they have such offensive players,” said Simmons. “I want to play the best players in the league every night and I look forward to the challenge”

Simmon’s possible exit to Harden has been hotly debated by 76ers fans, with some focusing on the security guard’s shooting deficiencies advocating the move, while others pointed to his general skills, shown on Saturday, as a reason adhere to the 24-year-old two-time all-star

“I think you need to train him and be around him to see his worth,” said Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers. “He’s invaluable to a basketball team, not just in his defense and passing game so many little things ”

Simmons climax was a theft and a quick break-in against Tyler Johnson, who had 59 seconds left in the third quarter

The tall man was questionable after landing awkwardly on his right knee in Thursday’s loss to Portland between 121 and 105, but showed no ill effects afterward, saying he was physically fine

The 76ers took control with a 14-0 run over 3:05 towards the end of the third Harden connected it at 79 with 5:15 after a free throw after Danny Green was called for a technical foul, one of four im Game

Harris started the sprint with a jumper before Green scored eight direct points, including a pair of 3-pointers from practically the same spot in the left corner. Embiid’s two free throws finished with 2:10, giving Philadelphia the 93-79 greatest lead The Nets were 0 for 4 from the three turnovers field during this stretch

“I thought that the run in the third quarter certainly changed the game, both defensively and offensively,” said Rivers

“I think fatigue played a role,” said coach Steve Nash after Brooklyn played the second game of a tackle. “We asked a lot of our people, a lot of James These guys played a lot of minutes without two starters Probably tiredness I thought the guys started and gave us a chance ”

Durant is expected to be back on the team on Friday, Nash said in a strange scene on Friday against Toronto, the Nets star was not ready to start, entering as a reserve for the first time in his 867-game career and then finishing in third Quarter drawn

Durant had three negative COVID-19 tests in 24 hours, but someone he interacted with on Friday afternoon had an inconclusive test, which is why Durant stayed out early in the game when that test finally came back positive, took the NBA Durant off the pitch

That didn’t go well with Durant, who tweeted his displeasure, or his Nets teammates who later expressed confusion and frustration over how the situation was handled

Before the game, Nash discussed the COVID-19 and NBA protocols in light of Durant’s situation.Although he acknowledges that this season has been a challenge, he’s grateful that he’s still playing

“Is it perfect? No, but this year is nothing, “said Nash.” We have to do our best to deal with the pandemic. It’s difficult. For that we have all signed up to complete and run this season. Come through and get through as safely as possible “

Rivers said the Saturday morning shootaround was longer than normal and had more of a “mini exercise feel” with limited exercise, the trainer runs one shootaround per week, more like a workout

Even the coach participated. Rivers had a successful 14-year career as an NBA point guard, but shot 328% out of the 3-point range

Networks: Brooklyn won the first meeting, 122-109 on Jan 7… DeAndre Jordan and Harden were whistled for consecutive technical fouls seconds apart in the first quarter They were upset that the basket interference was not taken into account in Green’s follow layup… Landry Shamet added 22 points to the nets

76ers: Simmons received a technical mockery late in the third … Philadelphia wore their City Edition jerseys … Seth Curry had 11 points and four assists He was considered questionable due to illness after moving to Portland due to lack of energy from the loss on Thursday had been

– Brandon Ingram had 27 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks of career height, Zion Williamson dunked a 29-point night in the last minute, and the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 118-109 on Saturday night for

Stephen Curry scores 57 points, but the Warriors fall to the Mavericks, led by Luka Doncic’s 42 points and 11 assists

– Luka Doncic ended his career with 42 points in a duel with Stephen Curry, leading the Dallas Mavericks to a 134-132 win over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night

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