The Brooklyn Nets were missing both Kevin Durant (COVID) and Kyrie Irving (personal reasons) but it didn’t matter. In a highly anticipated matchup between the Nets vs 76ers, it was Brooklyn that walked away with a big 122-109 victory. Joe Harris led the team with 28 points off the bench.
The Main Headlines for the Nets vs 76ers
In 30 minutes of gameplay, Harris didn’t mind losing his starting role as he came up big. Needing offensive production with the loss of Durant and Irving, Harris shot 6-of-9 from three-point range to lead the charge as Brooklyn improved to 5-4 on the season.
Irving did not travel
It was reported that Irving did not make the trip with the team due to personal reasons. The reason has been kept tight-knit for now. After the Nets won, it was reported that Irving will not make the trip to Memphis either. However, it was reported that Durant could return to action over the weekend. Originally, he was scheduled to miss four games, but it could be only three.
Big time bench leads the team in Nets vs 76ers
Everybody on the team stepped up. Combined with Harris’ 28 points, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarro (9 points), Chris Chiozza (8 points), Landry Shamet (6 points), and DeAndre Jordan (2 points and 11 rebounds) stepped up.
A 76ers dud
Entering the game, the 76ers were the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and had only one loss on the season. With the Nets not having their two best players, one would have thought that the team would have decimated this Brooklyn squad. It was the other way around as the Nets led by as much as 18 points, while the 76ers never led by more than four points.
Nets vs 76ers Game Analysis & Commentary
The Nets are on a two-game winning streak even though Durant has not played. This has to be an encouraging sign of what is yet to come. Once Durant and Irving are back, this team could climb to the next level.
Nets core steps up in Nets-76ers
Before either Durant or Irving stepped foot on the floor with a Nets jersey, the team featured Caris LeVert and Jarrett Allen. LeVert scored 22 points and added 10 assists, while Allen had 15 points and 11 rebounds. Despite playing off the bench, both are starting-caliber players in the league. They continued to prove that last night.
76ers duo contained
Philadelphia was coming into the game with the hot hand. On Wednesday, the 76ers shot a season-high 61.7% from the field in a 141-136 victory against the Washington Wizards. Ben Simmons finished the night with 11 points and four rebounds on 4-of-13 shooting. Shake Milton led Philly in scoring with 24 points.
The Nets return to the floor tonight at the Memphis Grizzlies. Memphis improved to 3-5 after an upset win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Grizzlies will be without both Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr.