PHILADELPHIA — Ben Simmons didn’t come into the game, but the other players the Nets acquired from the Sixers last month in James Harden’s blockbuster helped them to a decisive win.
Seth Curry’s 24 points was his highest point total in 11 games with the Nets, and he added five steals to Brooklyn’s 29-point win over his former team.
“It’s a great game, everyone was saying all week, all day, it wasn’t a regular season game, for both teams,” Curry said. “They came out with that energy, Joel [Embiid] had that look in his eye and wanted to dominate. You could see it.
“We just matched the intensity. We came in, it was a good test for us to see where we are as a team, to see who we are as a team. You don’t really gain confidence until you do it in an environment like this. It was a good step for us.
Nets coach Steve Nash said: “You could tell he was really ready for the game and for the environment returning to [face] his old team.
Another part of the trade, center Andre Drummond, contributed to a key defensive effort by limiting Embiid to 5 for 17 shooting nights with seven points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots.
Curry and Drummond received hearty ovations when the starting lineups were announced before the game.
Sixers coach Doc Rivers thinks a real bloody playoff streak or more against the Nets is the only way to establish a real rivalry between the teams.
“I don’t know what a rivalry is,” Rivers said before the game. “Honestly. I don’t know. I know the Red Sox and the Yankees. It’s a rivalry. Duke-North Carolina? I’m sure it’s a rivalry. Philadelphia-Boston years ago. It’s is a rivalry. … This? I think we’re going to make one.
Nash agreed, saying, “I think in general there has to be some kind of history, playoffs, mostly. It’s not really my expertise to define what a rivalry is, but I hope we can develop one. That would be great. It would be great to play meaningful matches more often.
Reserve forwards James Johnson (five) and Nic Claxton (three) combined to record more than half of the Nets’ 15 blocked shots. … LaMarcus Aldridge missed the game with a right hip impingement. Danny Green was out for Philly with a lacerated finger.
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