Ben Simmons injury compounds 76ers second straight loss

The Philadelphia 76ers' hot start to the NBA season has dramatically chilled with Ben Simmons suffering a shoulder injury in a loss to Joe Ingles' Utah Jazz.

The Jazz held on for a 106-104 victory in Salt Lake City on Wednesday.

It was the 76ers' second straight loss after opening the new season with five consecutive wins.

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Simmons' rough night began in the first minute when fell on his back jumping for a loose ball.

The Australian All-Star continued playing, but with just over eight minutes left in the first quarter he was looking to drive past Utah power forward Royce O'Neale.

Simmons' right shoulder hit Neale's chest.

The collision did not appear severe, but the 23-year-old immediately winced in pain.

He re-entered the game in the second-quarter, but lasted less than two minutes before exiting to the locker room.

The team announced Simmons had a minor sprain of the AC shoulder joint and would be re-evaluated on Thursday when the team arrived in Denver for the final game of a four-game road trip.

Simmons had just two points, one rebound and two assists in the 10 minutes he was on the court.

Adelaide-born Ingles, a starter for the Jazz in past seasons, came off the bench with 16 points.

He connected with six of 11 field goals including two of five three-pointers.

Ben Simmons injured his shoulder in the 76ers loss to the Jazz. (Getty Images)

Jazz coach Quin Snyder started new recruit Bojan Bogdanovic instead of Ingles.

Bogdanovic had 20 points while Donovan Mitchell led the way for the Jazz with 24 points.

The 76ers welcomed All-Star centre Joel Embiid back in the line-up after serving a two-game suspension for last week's scuffle with Minnesota Timberwolves centre Karl-Anthony Towns.

Embiid had 27 points, 16 rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots.

The 76ers appeared down and out with Simmons sidelined and the Jazz leading by 13 points with eight minutes to go in the final period.

The Jazz stalled and the 76ers staged a rally to cut the deficit to two points with two minutes left.

Bogdanovic hit a late three-pointer to keep ahead of the 76ers and give the Jazz their fifth win in their first eight games.

Harden and Giannis star

Elsewhere, James Harden had 36 points and 13 assists as Houston routed Golden State 129-112, sending the short-handed Warriors to their sixth loss in eight games.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 38 points and 16 rebounds while George Hill scored 24 off the bench as Milwaukee repelled the Kawhi Leonard-less Los Angeles Clippers 129-124.

Pascal Siakam had 23 points and 13 rebounds and Kyle Lowry scored 24 points as Toronto beat Sacramento 124-120.

Luka Doncic scored 27 points and Dallas drew two charges on Aaron Gordon in the final minute to beat Orlando 107-106. Gordon had 23 points, but just two after halftime.

Tony Snell scored 24 points on 9-of-9 shooting in Detroit's 122-102 victory over New York.

Dillon Brooks scored 31 points and rookie Ja Morant added 26 as Memphis held on to beat Minnesota 137-121.

Indiana beat Washington 121-106 and Chicago disposed of Atlanta 113-92.