- Simmons was traded to the Brooklyn Nets by the Sixers back in February 2022
- But the feeling of animosity for the 27-year-old is still burning strong in Philly
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Ben Simmons was treated to another hostile reception on his latest return to Philadelphia, but it was the former 76ers star who had the last laugh.
It has almost been two years since Simmons was traded by the Sixers to the Brooklyn Nets, a move which brought an end to his six-year stay at Wells Fargo Center.
Though despite the time that has now passed, the feeling of animosity for the 27-year-old clearly remains strong in Philly, with Sixers fans showering their former player with boos when he returned for a second time with the Nets on Saturday night.
Every time Simmons touched the ball the home crowd made their displeasure known with loud jeers from the stands, yet in the end he gained revenge on his old team.
The Australian star and Brooklyn walked away with what turned out to be a very comfortable victory in the end, despite Simmons himself failing to score.
Ben Simmons was treated to another hostile reception on his latest return to Philadelphia
But the Brooklyn Nets star had the last laugh after helping his team claim a 136-121 victory
Cam Thomas scored 40 points and Mikal Bridges had 23 as the Nets secured a 136-121 win over a short-handed 76ers, who felt the absence of star man Joel Embiid dearly.
The hosts were once again without Embiid, the reigning NBA MVP who missed his second game after sustaining a left meniscus injury Tuesday night at Golden State. Philadelphia is 4-10 in the 14 games without Embiid this season.
Lonnie Walker IV also added 20 points to help Brooklyn win for the third time in four games after losing 10 of 12.
While he didn’t score, Simmons did have nine rebounds and five assists in his 14 minutes for the Nets.
Two nights after scoring a career-high 51 points in a victory at Utah, Tyrese Maxey had 23 points for Philadelphia on 8-for-23 shooting. Terquavion Smith had 17 points, and Kelly Oubre Jr. 16 as the 76ers lost for the fifth time in six games.
Besides Embiid, the 76ers were without starters Tobias Harris (illness) and Nicolas Batum (left hamstring tightness) in addition to key reserves DeAnthony Melton (back) and Robert Covington (left knee meniscus injury).
Simmons had nine rebounds and five assists in 14 minutes for the Nets against his former team
The Nets were able to take advantage of the short-handed lineup with crisp ball movements that left Philadelphia’s reserves scrambling.
Nic Claxton took up a lot of room on the inside for Brooklyn, grabbing 15 rebounds to go along with 12 points.
The Nets were 20 for 51 from 3-point range, led by 29 points and outrebounded Philadelphia 53-44.