News – AU – Simmons Stars, but 76er beaten in NBA


Australian Ben Simmons returned from two missed NBA games with illness and despite his strong 28 points, Philadelphia was beaten by 110-103 Toronto on Sunday night in Florida

Simmons, who also had nine rebounds and five assists, scored 13 of his 18 first-half points in the second quarter, but the Eastern Conference’s leading 76ers (20-11) lost for the 16th Play in a row against the Raptors

Fred VanVleet had 23 points and nine assists, Pascal Siakam scored 23 points for his seven rebounds and eight assists, and Aussie Aron Baynes had eight points and five rebounds for Toronto

The 76ers led by up to 13 points in the third quarter, but their lead had fallen to one in the closing stages

Then Chris Boucher got a hot hand, scoring 11 of his 17 points off the bench to secure the Raptors’ fourth straight win (16-15)

Joel Embiid had 25 points and 17 rebounds for the Sixers, who lost their fourth straight street game, but he only took 6 of 20 shots off the field and Philly went 5 on 21 in the final quarter

Toronto coach Nick Nurse gave Boomer Baynes much of the credit for defending against Embiid

“We had to have him in there somehow. If we didn’t, it wasn’t nice,” said the nurse of his 6-foot-10 center,

“I thought he put his body on him just enough. He was called for something, but that’s fine”

James Harden had 37 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in Los Angeles and the Brooklyn Nets held the Clippers 112-108 for their best sixth straight win of the season

The Nets (20-12) defeated Golden State, Sacramento, Phoenix, and both LA teams to complete their longest undefeated single trip in franchise history

Kyrie Irving added 28 points and eight assists for the visitors, while Paul George led the Clippers (22-10) with 34 points and Kawhi Leonard had 29

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 38 points and pulled 18 boards down to lead the Bucks (17-13) to a 128-115 win over the Sacramento Kings in Milwaukee

Brandon Ingram finished the race with 33 points, Zion Williamson scored 24 of his 28 points at halftime and had 10 rebounds, four assists and one block The Pelicans rallied by 24 points on Boston Celtics 120-115 in the third quarter after working overtime in New Orleans

Elsewhere, the New York Knicks at home beating Minnesota Timberwolves were 103-99 winners, Orlando Magic defeated Detroit Pistons 105-96, Atlanta Hawks defeated Denver Nuggets 123-115, and Oklahoma City Thunder were 117-101 winners at Cleveland Cavaliers

Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers, Influenza, Toronto Raptors

News – AU – Simmons stars but 76ers beaten in the NBA
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