The NBA Preseason: Simmons Made his Nets Debut Against the 76ers


Philadelphia 76ers Crushed Brooklyn Nets

On Monday night, the Philadelphia 76ers outperformed Brooklyn with a score of 127-108 despite the Nets finally having all three of its key players on the court at once. Thanks to the 20 points of Tyrese Maxey. Meanwhile, Julian Champagnie added 15, and Furkan Korkmaz amassed 15 in the remarkable victory.

However, Kevin Durant scored 13 points for the Nets, and Kyrie Irving scored nine points and dished out four assists. Meanwhile, Ben Simmons, who was acquired from Philadelphia last season, contributed six points and five assists in his debut game for Brooklyn. Moreover, Royce O’Neale, acquired from Utah in an off-season trade, ended with 11 points. In addition, Nic Claxton scored 12 points, making all six field goal attempts.

Meanwhile, the Sixers only used a portion of their usual rotation for the first game of the preseason. They gave rest to Embiid, Harden, and rookies P.J. Tucker and Danuel House Jr. However, due to the absences, Maxey picked up the offensive slack, and the Sixers were able to jump out to a quick lead in the first quarter, thanks to an 8-for-14 shooting percentage from beyond the arc. Moreover, Philadelphia maintained its advantage at halftime, thanks to Maxey’s 20 points. The Nets’ night was over after Durant, Irving, and Simmons combined to play 19 minutes.

Albeit it had become a tight game by the middle of the third quarter when both teams had switched to their reserves, the Sixers eventually pulled away, outscoring the Nets 36-24.

Thunder Rattled Nuggets

Oklahoma City defeated Denver, owing a lot to the combined 29 points of Tre Mann and Josh Giddey. The former scored 17 points while the latter amassed 14 points, 12 rebounds, and nine assists. Meanwhile, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl scored 11 points, and Aaron Wiggins scored 15. Moreover, Jalen Williams, the No. 12 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, ended with 10 points.

Meanwhile, on the other hand, Aaron Gordon and Murray each ended with 10 points. However, Murray missed the whole previous season due to an ACL tear. Moreover, Zeke Nnaji, the 22nd overall choice in the 2020 lottery, ended with 15 points to lead the Nuggets. Michael Porter Jr. and Jeff Green finished with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Meanwhile, Nikola Jokic, the current league MVP, scored two points but only made one field goal in fifteen minutes.

Grizzlies Defeated Magic

Ja Morant helped Memphis defeat Orlando with 22 points and seven assists in his preseason debut. Moreover, Morant contributed four rebounds and three steals. Meanwhile, Santi Aldama scored 21 points, hitting 7 of 9 from the field and missing just one of his five 3-point tries. In addition, Brandon Clarke scored 13 points, making 5 of 9 attempts.

On the contrary, Cole Anthony scored 17 points, and Moritz Wagner ended with 15 points. Moreover, R.J. Hampton scored 14 points while dishing out seven assists. Meanwhile, the number one choice in the summer’s draft, Paolo Banchero, scored eight points in 24 minutes, shooting just 2 of 9 from the field.

Clippers Outclassed Trail Blazers

The Los Angeles Clippers played with all their starters in a victory over Portland. Kawhi Leonard scored 11 points, and Paul George contributed 12 points and seven rebounds. Moreover, Amir Coffey amassed 15 points, and Brandon Boston Jr. grabbed ten points. Meanwhile, Leonard, George, Reggie Jackson, and John Wall played against the Trail Blazers after missing the Clippers’ first preseason victory over Maccabi Ra’anana. However, it was Leonard’s first time playing after he missed the previous season due to an ACL tear.

Meanwhile, Damian Lillard scored 16 points in 23 minutes to lead the Trail Blazers. Moreover, Jerami Grant finished with 14 points, while Jusuf Nurkic claimed 13 points and nine rebounds.

Kings Bashed Lakers

Keegan Murray, the fourth overall choice in last summer’s draft, led Sacramento to victory over Los Angeles with 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field. Meanwhile, in his first preseason game, Murray also made 2 of 4 shots from outside the arc and pulled down six rebounds. Moreover, De’Aaron Fox and Richaun Holmes both scored ten points.

Meanwhile, Anthony Davis scored 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Moreover, for the Lakers, Cole Swider scored 10 points. LeBron James played 16 minutes and scored four points despite missing all seven attempts. Meanwhile, with three assists, Russell Westbrook contributed three points. However, the first half of the game was tight, but they finished the third quarter with a 35-13 lead on the board. Moreover, the Kings scored 30 points due to the Lakers’ 23 turnovers.

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