Before the game, attention was on former Sixer Simmons who was playing his first game in Philadelphia since being traded to the Nets in February, but hosts, injured starters Joel Embiid, James Harden and Tyrese Maxey , they 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, had 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the 76ers. Shake Milton and Georges Niang each added 16 points.
Sixers fans loudly booed Simmons when he was introduced and every time he touched the ball, a spite born out of a rocky break with the 26-year-old Aussie who spent four seasons at the ‘Philly’.
Simmons, former pick no.
Kyrie Irving led the Nets with 23 points while Kevin Durant had a decline with his weakest performance this season (20 points).
In Phoenix, Mikal Bridges and Devin Booker each scored 25 points as the Suns beat the Los Angeles Lakers (115-105).
Despite Anthony Davis’ remarkable performance (37 points, 21 rebounds, five blocks, five steals), the Lakers, stripped of an injured LeBron James, have yet to win a road 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 over Lakers guard Austin Reaves, who was already down.
The California franchise, crowned for the 17th time in 2020, occupies a pitiful 14th and penultimate place in the Western Conference, with five wins for 11 losses.
The Sacramento Kings, snappy 3rd, can however dream of the play-offs, after having signed the seventh consecutive 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 led by the 34 points of Ja Morant, who made a surprise comeback after a sprained ball ankle.