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Nets, without Irving and Durant, beat NBA-leading 76ers

Brooklyn Nets' Jarrett Allen (31) shoots between Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons (25) and Tobias Harris (12) during the second half of an NBA basketba...
Brooklyn Nets' Joe Harris reacts after making a 3-point basket during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers ...
Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons drives past Brooklyn Nets' Joe Harris as 76ers' Joel Embiid (21) watches during the first half of an NBA basketball ga...
Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons dunks in front of Brooklyn Nets' Joe Harris during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, in...
Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid (21) reacts to a foul called on him during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets...
Brooklyn Nets' Chris Chiozza, left, drives past Philadelphia 76ers' Tyrese Maxey during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 7, 202...
Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid (21) shoots over Brooklyn Nets' Joe Harris (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021...

Brooklyn Nets' Jarrett Allen (31) shoots between Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons (25) and Tobias Harris (12) during the second half of an NBA basketba...

Brooklyn Nets' Joe Harris reacts after making a 3-point basket during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers ...

Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons drives past Brooklyn Nets' Joe Harris as 76ers' Joel Embiid (21) watches during the first half of an NBA basketball ga...

Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons dunks in front of Brooklyn Nets' Joe Harris during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, in...

Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid (21) reacts to a foul called on him during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets...

Brooklyn Nets' Chris Chiozza, left, drives past Philadelphia 76ers' Tyrese Maxey during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 7, 202...

Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid (21) shoots over Brooklyn Nets' Joe Harris (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021...

NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Harris scored a season-high 28 points and the Brooklyn Nets, playing without Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, beat the NBA-leading Philadelphia 76ers 122-109 on Thursday night.

Without their two superstars in uniform — blue uniforms, a throwback to 30 years ago in New Jersey — the Nets jumped out quickly and had a double-digit lead for much of the second half while winning their second straight, both without Durant.

Caris LeVert had 22 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds, and Jarrett Allen added 15 points and 11 boards for the Nets.

Irving was ruled out Thursday afternoon for personal reasons, though coach Steve Nash said before the game he hadn't spoken to his point guard and didn't know the reason for his absence, calling it a personal matter.

The Nets already knew they’d be without Durant for a second consecutive game because of the NBA’s health and safety protocols. Nash said Durant would be able to return Sunday if he continues to test negative for the coronavirus until then.

The 76ers came in at 7-1 and off their best performance of the season, when they shot an NBA season-high 61.7% in a 141-136 victory over Washington on Wednesday.

But they couldn't come close to duplicating that, with Joel Embiid starting slowly before finishing with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Shake Milton had a season-high 24 points in his first start of the season in place of Seth Curry, who had a sore left ankle, but Ben Simmons was limited to 11 points, four rebounds and two assists.

Irving, who grew up in New Jersey, missed the chance to wear the Nets' uniforms they wore while playing there. Their blue uniforms were a throwback to the tie-dye ones they wore during the 1990-91 season. The franchise switched to black and white after moving to Brooklyn in 2012.

The Sixers quickly fell into a 20-8 hole, but recovered to move into the lead early in the second quarter. The Nets broke away again late in the period, going up by 16 before taking a 65-51 lead to the locker room, and were never seriously threatened afterward.

TIP-INS

76ers: Dwight Howard had an eventful night, totaling nine points, 12 rebounds and six fouls in just 16 minutes. ... Coach Doc Rivers said he believed Curry was hurt late in Wednesday's victory, when the guard scored a season-high 28 points. Rivers didn't believe the injury was severe but said it was best to rest Curry.

Nets; Brooklyn was also without G Tyler Johnson because of the health and safety protocols. Nash said he believed it was due to contact tracing. ... Jeff Green scored 14 points.

UP NEXT

76ers: Host the Denver Nuggets on Saturday.

Nets: Visit the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday to complete their second back-to-back set of the season.

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Updated : 2021-03-01 22:42 GMT+08:00