Nets get back to winning ways in NBA

Ben Simmons has served up an impressive 10 assists as his Brooklyn Nets got swiftly back to winning ways with a 108-102 away win over fellow NBA high-flyers New Orleans.

Kevin Durant had 33 points and 10 rebounds and Kyrie Irving added 19 points for the Nets who also got strong contributions from bench players T.J. Warren (15 points) and Royce O'Neale (14 points).

Australian Simmons also added six points, three steals, six rebounds and a block to his big haul of assists in his 34 minutes as a starter.

The win came two days after the Nets had their 12-game winning streak snapped by the Chicago Bulls.

The match was a clash of teams sitting third in their respective division, with the Nets advancing their record to 25-13 in the East and the Pelicans now 24-14 in the West.

CJ McCollum scored 28 points and Naji Marshall had a career-high 23 points for the Pelicans in their second game since losing Zion Williamson for what is expected to be about three weeks with a right hamstring strain.

Australian guard Josh Giddey had 20 points, nine assists and six rebounds as his Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Washington Wizards 127-110.

Thunder star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 30 points as his team improved to 17-22 aagainst a teamn with a similar record.