Simmons back, firing as 76ers down Nets

Aaron Bracy
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Joel Embiid has scored 33 points and Ben Simmons returned with 16 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 124-108 NBA victory over the short-handed Brooklyn Nets.

Tobias Harris added 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Eastern Conference-leading 76ers, who have won five of six.

James Harden had 26 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds for Brooklyn, who were without stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant.

Irving is day to day with a right finger sprain, and Durant is out for a week due to the NBA's health and safety protocols.

Simmons, reportedly an important piece of a potential Philadelphia-Houston trade that never materialised when Harden landed in Brooklyn last month in a blockbuster deal, played aggressively throughout after missing the last game loss to Portland with a tight calf muscle.

Simmons' highlight was a steal and fast-break dunk over Tyler Johnson with 59 seconds left in the third quarter.

He finished with three steals and also copped a technical late in the third for taunting.

Embiid surpassed 30 points for the eighth time in nine games.

The big man was questionable after landing awkwardly on his right knee against Portland but showed no ill effects of the injury.

Durant is expected to rejoin the Nets on Friday, coach Steve Nash said, having been pulled midway through Friday's game against Toronto after someone he had interacted with had tested positive to COVID-19.

Patty Mills helped seal the San Antonio Spurs a heart-stopping 111-106 win over a late-charging Houston Rockets.

The Spurs led by 10 in the fourth quarter, but it was tied late in the game before DeMar DeRozan scored the next five points to give the Spurs a 107-102 lead with a minute to go.

John Wall made a layup for Houston with less than 30 seconds left, but Mills hit two free throws for San Antonio to extend it to 109-104.

In other games, Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded 24 points and 11 rebounds to propel the visiting Milwaukee Bucks to a 124-99 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Oklahoma City blew a 23-point lead before the Thunder beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 120-118.

An injury-plagued Orlando Magic were no match for the Chicago Bulls in a 118-92 loss while the Atlanta Hawks held off the Toronto Raptors 132-121 to snap a three-game losing streak.

The New York Knicks beat the Portland Trail Blazers 110-99 and the Sacramento Kings accounted for the Denver Nuggets 119-114.

The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Golden State Warriors 132-134 and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Memphis Grizzlies 118-109.

In a double overtime result, the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Detroit Pistons 135-129.