NBA: Ben Simmons sits on Philadelphia return, Nets rout 76ers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 18 of his 25 points in Brooklyn’s dominating first half in the Nets’ blowout 129-100 victory over the NBA 76ers on Thursday night in Ben Simmons’ highly publicized return to Philadelphia.

Durant also had 14 rebounds and seven assists, Seth Curry added 24 points and Kyrie Irving had 22.

Joel Embiid had 27 points and 12 rebounds for the 76ers, and James Harden finished with just 11 points. It was Philadelphia’s first loss in six games with Harden in the lineup.

Brooklyn Nets’ Bruce Brown, left, goes up for a shot against Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid.

The game was dubbed “Boo Ben” night, but raucous fans turned their displeasure on the home side instead when the 76ers went to the locker room trailing 72-51 and again when Brooklyn built a stunning 32-point lead. in the third trimester. .

Simmons, clad in a trademark hockey jersey and flashy jewelry, watched from the bench, likely reveling in the vitriol deflected from him. The three-time All-Star continues to recover from a back injury that sidelined him since being traded to Harden in a blockbuster deal at the trade deadline.

WARRIORS 113, NUGGETS 102

DENVER (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 24 of his 34 points in the second half, and the Golden State Warriors closed out the game with a 13-0 run to beat the Denver Nuggets.

Jordan Poole had 21 points, and Jonathan Kuminga and Klay Thompson added 18 apiece for the Warriors, who beat the Nuggets for the first time this season. Denver has won its first three games against Golden State this season, most recently a Monday Night game at Mile-High City in which Curry, Thompson and Andrew Wiggins were held off for rest.

Denver’s Nikola Jokic had 23 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists, just missing his 19th triple-double of the season. Monte Morris added 19 points for the Nuggets.

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