NBA playoffs: 76ers beat Nets without Joel Embiid; Spurs beat Nuggets

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NBA playoffs: 76ers beat Nets without Joel Embiid; Spurs beat Nuggets
NBA playoffs: 76ers beat Nets without Joel Embiid; Spurs beat Nuggets

Ben Simmons scored a career playoff-high 31 points, Tobias Harris added 29 points and 16 rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers shook off the absence of Joel Embiid to beat the Brooklyn Nets 131-115 on Thursday night for a 2-1 lead in the first-round series. Without their All-Star man in the middle, the 76ers relied on Simmons slashing to the basket, and Harris and JJ Redick shooting from the perimeter. Simmons was 11 for 13 from the field, repeatedly getting to the rim even with the Nets sagging well off him in hopes he would shoot a jumper. He added nine assists and eventually quieted a crowd that loudly booed him every time he touched the ball early. Harris had his playoff highs in both points

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