Ben Simmons continued his resurgence as the Nets rebounded.
Plus Luka Doncic and Jayson Tatum put on a show, and more.
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NETS SHOT BACK AS SIMMONS IMPRESSED AGAIN
Ben Simmons continued his resurgence against the Toronto Raptors on the road on Thursday (always AEDT)
The Aussie tallied 14 points, six assists, three steals and two blocks in another well-rounded performance, earning high praise for his work on the defensive end as the Nets beat the Raptors 112-98 to improve to 9-10.
After failing to score in double digits in any of his first nine games, Simmons has now scored 11, 15, 22, 11 and 14 points in his last four appearances.
It came in the second half of a back-to-back for the Nets after they were humiliated by an understaffed Sixers squad on Wednesday when Simmons played his old team for the first time.
And Brooklyn meant business from the opening tip against Toronto – with 38 points on the board in the first term – as they bounced back from their poor showing in Philadelphia.
The Nets allowed Toronto back into the game in the second term before reopening a double-digit lead in the third term, then never looked back from that point.
Kyrie Irving led Brooklyn with a game-high 29 points as all Nets starters scored in double digits.
It came against an understaffed Raptors squad that lacked Fred VanVleet, Scottie Barnes and Pascal Siakam, with Gary Trent Jr. scored a team-best 19.
TATUM LEADS KELTS FOR LUKA’S MAVS IN EPIC DUEL
Fans were treated to an epic battle between the two MVP front runners Luka Doncic and Jayson Tatum – and the duel more than lived up to it.
Tatum’s Celtics won 125-112 at home as the star forward posted 37 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and two blocks in a game that was always pretty one-sided, with Boston leading by a whopping 25 in the first half.
Doncic meanwhile scored 42 points, eight rebounds and nine assists, but it wasn’t enough to get his team even close.
The Celtics, whose nine-game win streak was broken by Chicago earlier this week, bounced back by dominating the Mavericks, improving to 7-1 in Boston and an NBA-best 14-4 overall.
“I think we were locked in from the start,” Tatum said. “The loss of Chicago made us regroup and refocus.
“We just knew they were a very talented team. Luka is the head of the serpent. It was good to come home and get back on the winning streak.”
It was Tatum’s 10th career game with 35 points and 10 rebounds. He went 11-of-24 from the floor and 13-of-15 from the free throw line.
Both superstars had many nice words to say about the other post-match.
“Everyone knows how talented and special he is,” Tatum said. “He can do so many things on the pitch. He’s someone I respect and like to compete against.”
The Celtics led 70-49 at halftime and by double digits from the end of the first quarter until Doncic mounted a late rally to bring Dallas inside 114-105 with 3:43 left.
Al Horford answered with a 3-pointer to unleash a 10-2 Boston run and Dallas never got within 13.
Elsewhere, Jaylen Brown (31 points) and Christian Wood (26 points, 12 boards) had strong performances for both sides.
“It’s always the best. He’s a great player. He’s in the top 10, in the MVP (talk) … he’s shown that he’s not a future face of the league, but he already is, and he’s a great player and it’s always fun to play with that kind of guys to play,” said Doncic, per ESPN’s Tim Bontemps.
“They are probably the number 1 team in the league and they probably have the best duo in the league too. “And we’re in the (TD) Garden – it’s always a special game. You have to come 100 percent. If you’re not, you’re probably going to lose. It’s a big game.”
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The Sacramento Kings saw their seven-game winning streak snap as Trae Young scored 35 points to lead host Atlanta Hawks to a 115-106 win.
Domantas Sabonis scored with 15 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists Sacramento (10-7). Clint Capela pulled down 14 rebounds for the Hawks (11-7).
Donovan Mitchell scored 34 points to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers over Portland 114-96 and extend their win streak to four games.
The Cavs improved to 8-1 at home and 12-6 overall, as Darius Garland had 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 over host Milwaukee 118-113, dropping the Bucks to 12-5 despite 36 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists from Greek star Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Colby White and Nikola Vucevic sank back-to-back 3-pointers to give Chicago a 115-109 lead and DeRozan and Patrick Williams sank late free throws to seal the triumph.
Karl-Anthony Towns had 23 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, while Frenchman Rudy Gobert contributed 21 points and 16 rebounds to Minnesota’s 115–101 win at Indiana.
Myles Turner scored a game-high 31 points for the Pacers, whose five-game win streak ended.
Zion Williamson scored 32 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to a 129-110 victory in San Antonio. He shot 14-of-18 from the floor and 4-of-8 from the free throw line.
In Miami, Kyle Lowry scored 28 points and Caleb Martin had 24 to take the host Heat over Washington 113-105. Kyle Kuzman had a game-high 33 points for the Wizards.
Terry Rozier scored 22 points and PJ Washington added 19 to fuel the Charlotte Hornets after visiting Philadelphia 107-101.
Shake Milton led the 76ers with 22 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. Mason Plumlee and Nick Richards each had 13 rebounds for the Hornets.
The Denver Nuggets rallied from 13 points behind in the fourth quarter to win in overtime at Oklahoma City 131–126.
Nikola Jokic had a game-high 39 points plus 10 rebounds and nine assists for Denver, sinking two free throws with 8.3 seconds left in overtime.
Bruce Brown had a triple double with 17 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for the Nuggets, while Aaron Gordon had 30 points for Denver. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder with 31 points.
76ERS 101 HORNETS 107
TRAIL BLAZERS 96 CAVALIERS 114
WOOD WOLVES 115 PACERS 101
KINGS 106 HEELS 115
MAVERICK’S 112 CELTIQUES 125
SORCERERS 105 HEATING 113
NETS 112 BIRDS OF PREY 98
TAURUS 118 BUCK 113
HUGS 131 THURS 126
PELICANS 129 TRACKS 110
PISTON 121 JAZZ 116
FLASHERS 107 WARRIORS 124