Ben Simmons continued his resurgence as the net bounced back.
Plus Luka Doncic and Jayson Tatum have performed and more.
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The Networks are back as Simmons should be again
Ben Simmons continued his resurgence against the Toronto Raptors on the road on Thursday (all times EST)
The Australian tallied 14 points, six assists, three steals and two blocks in another fine performance, earning high praise for his work on the defensive end as the Nets defeated the Raptors 112-98 to grow to 9-10.
After failing to score double figures in any of his first nine games, Simmons has now scored 11, 15, 22, 11 and 14 points in his last four games.
It came in the second half of a back-to-back game for the Nets after they were humbled by an undermanned Sixers on Wednesday in Simmons’ first time playing against his old team.
And Brooklyn meant business from the start against Toronto — putting 38 points on the board in the first semester — as they bounced back after their poor performance in Philadelphia.
The Nets allowed Toronto to return to contention in the second semester before reopening a double-digit lead in the third, and then never looking back from that point.
Kyrie Irving led Brooklyn with 29 points as all Nets players scored in double figures.
It came against a Raptors shortstop team that missed out on Fred VanVleet, Scotty Barnes and Pascal Siakam, and Gary Trent Jr. scored a team-best 19.
TATUM LEADS CELTS PAST LUKA’S MAVS IN AN EPIC DUEL
Fans have waged an epic battle between two of the FIFA World Player of the Year favorites, Luka Doncic and Jason Tatum – and the duel is more than up to par.
Tatum’s Celtics triumphed at home 125-112 as the star forward posted 37 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and two blocks in a game that was always somewhat one-sided, with Boston leading by as many as 25 points in the first half.
Meanwhile, Doncic put up 42 points, eight rebounds and nine assists, but it wasn’t enough to bring his team closer.
The Celtics, who snapped Chicago’s nine-game winning streak earlier this week, are back in control of the Mavericks, improving to 7-1 in Boston and a best 14-4 in the NBA.
“I think we were locked in from the very beginning,” said Tatum. “Losing Chicago made us regroup and refocus.
“We knew they were a really talented team. Luca is the head of the snake. It was good to come home and be back in the winning column.”
This was Tatum’s 10th game with 35 points and 10 rebounds. He made 11-of-24 from the ground and 13-of-15 from the free throw line.
Both superstars had plenty of nice words to say the other match after match.
“Everyone knows how talented and special he is,” said Tatum. “He can do a lot of things on the court. He’s someone I respect and like to compete with.”
The Celtics led 70-49 at halftime and by double digits late in the first quarter until Doncic launched a late rally to pull Dallas within 114-105 with 3:43 remaining.
Al Horford responded with a 3-pointer to ignite a 10-2 Boston run and Dallas fell short of the 13 again.
In contrast, Jaylen Brown (31 points) and Christian Wood (26 points, 12 boards) had solid games for both sides.
“He’s always the best. He’s a great player. He’s a top 10 player, in MVP (conversation)… He’s shown he’s not a future face of the league, but he really is, and he’s a great player, and it’s always fun to play with that kind of guy.” Tim Bontemps.
“They’re probably the first team in the league, and they probably have the best duo in the league as well.” And we’re at (TD) Garden — it’s always a special game. You have to come in at 100 percent. If you are not, you will likely lose. It’s a big game.”
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The Sacramento Kings saw their seven straight wins as Trae Young scored 35 points to lead the host Atlanta Hawks to a 115-106 win.
Domantas Sabonis scored 15 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and seven assists, leading Sacramento (10-7). Clint Capela scored 14 rebounds for the Hawks (11-7).
Donovan Mitchell scored 34 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat Portland 114-96 and extend their winning streak to four games.
The Cavs improved to 8-1 at home and 12-6 overall as Darius Garland scored 24 points and 12 assists while Jarrett Allen added 24 points and 13 rebounds.
Demar DeRozan scored 36 points and added eight assists to lead the Chicago Bulls 118-113 at Milwaukee, to lose the Bucks to 12-5, despite 36 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists from Greek star Giannis Antitokonmo.
Colby White and Nikola Vucevic hit three straight to give Chicago a 115-109 lead and DeRozan and Patrick Williams hit two late free throws to seal the win.
Karl-Anthony Towns scored 23 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, while France’s Rudy Goubert contributed 21 points and 16 rebounds in Minnesota’s 115-101 win over Indiana.
Miles Turner scored a game-high 31 points for the Pacers, whose five-game winning streak ended.
Zion Williamson scored 32 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the New Orleans Pelicans beat San Antonio 129-110. Shoot 14-of-18 from the ground and 4-of-8 from the free throw line.
In Miami, Kyle Lowry scored 28 points and Caleb Martin had 24 as the host Heat beat Washington 113-105. Kyle Kuzman scored a game-high 33 points for the Wizards.
Terry Rozier scored 22 points and PJ Washington added 19 to lead the Charlotte Hornets over visiting Philadelphia 107-101.
Chic Melton led the 76ers with 22 points, nine assists, and seven rebounds. Mason Plumley and Nick Richards each grabbed 13 rebounds for the Hornets.
The Denver Nuggets recovered from 13 points in the fourth quarter to beat Oklahoma City 131-126 in overtime.
Nikola Jokic scored a game-high 39 points, plus 10 rebounds and nine assists for Denver and made two free throws with 8.3 seconds left in overtime.
Bruce Brown scored a triple-double with 17 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for the Nuggets while Aaron Gordon scored 30 points for Denver. Shay Gilgos Alexander led the Thunder with 31 points.
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