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KD, Irving silence hostile Philly crowd in Simmons'return

Mar 11, 2022 0 comments

James Harden's decision to jump ship on the Brooklyn Nets back in February isn't one Kevin Durant or Kyrie Irving will soon forget.

In fact, Brooklyn's dynamic duo combined for 47, while former Sixer Seth Curry dropped 24 in a dominating 129-100 wire to wire win.

On the losing side, Harden went 3-17 for just 11 points, while Embid led Philly in scoring with 27 on 5 for 17 from the field.

Irving, not known for his defensive prowess, dialed up the pressure on Harden with stifling play by limiting him to just six assists and five turnovers.

Durant and Embid exchanged trash talking pleasantries in the first half with the Nets superstar refusing to back down from the bruising center.

With Ben Simmons on the Nets' bench taking in the beatdown of his former club, the Philly crowd rudely, but expectedly greeted him in the arena with a chorus of boos and profanity-laced chants.

Brooklyn pulled above the .500 mark at 34-33, good enough for eighth place in the Eastern Conference and slated for a play-in game in Toronto, where an unvaccinated Irving is still ineligible.

With 15 games remaining, the prospect of Simmons' return to the court along with the potential of a full-time Irving upon anticipated loosening mandate restrictions, make the Nets a feared force in the East come playoff time.


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