Ben Simmons continued his resurgence as the Nets rebounded.
Also, Luka Doncic and Jayson Tatum gave a show and more.
Catch up on all the action of the day in our NBA wrap!
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Thursday, November 24th
NETS GET BACK WHILE SIMMONS IMPRESSES AGAIN
Ben Simmons continued his resurgence on the road against the Toronto Raptors on Thursday (all times AEDT).
The Aussie racked up 14 points, six assists, three steals and two blocks in another well-rounded performance, earning plaudits for his defensive work as the Nets defeated the Raptors 112-98 to go 9-10.
After failing to score in double digits in any of his first nine games, Simmons has now scored 11, 15, 22, 11 and 14 points in his last four games.
It came in the second half of a back-to-back for the Nets after they were humiliated by an undermanned Sixers side on Wednesday as Simmons played his old team for the first time.
And Brooklyn was serious about the opening tip against Toronto — with 38 points on the board in their first term — as they rebounded from their poor performance in Philadelphia.
The Nets let Toronto back into contention in their second term before regaining a double-digit lead in their third and haven’t looked back from that point.
Kyrie Irving led Brooklyn with a game-high 29 points as all Nets starters scored in double figures.
It came against an undermanned Raptors side missing Fred VanVleet, Scottie Barnes and Pascal Siakam, with Gary Trent Jr. posting a team-best 19.
TATUM LEADS CELTS PAST LUKAS MAVS IN EPIC DUEL
Fans were treated to an epic battle between MVP leaders Luka Doncic and Jayson Tatum – and the duel more than did him justice.
Tatum’s Celtics emerged victorious 125-112 at home as the star forward recorded 37 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and two blocks in a game that was always fairly one-sided, with Boston leading by 25 points in the first half .
Doncic, meanwhile, amassed 42 points, eight rebounds and nine assists, but it wasn’t enough to even remotely match his team.
The Celtics, whose nine-game winning streak was snapped by Chicago earlier this week, rebounded by dominating the Mavericks and improving to 7-1 in Boston and an NBA-best 14-4 overall.
“I think we were locked in from the start,” Tatum said. “The loss to Chicago made us regroup and refocus.
“We just knew they were a really talented team. Luka is the head of the snake. It was good to come home and get back on the winning column.”
It was Tatum’s 10th career game with 35 points and 10 rebounds. He did 11 of 24 from the floor and 13 of 15 from the free throw line.
Both Superstars had many kind words to say about each other’s post match.
“Everyone knows how talented and special he is,” Tatum said. “He can do so many things on the pitch. He’s someone I respect and enjoy competing against.”
The Celtics led 70-49 at halftime and double digits from the end of the first quarter until Doncic ignited a late rally to draw Dallas to 114-105 with 3:43 left.
Al Horford responded with a 3-pointer to spark a 10-2 run in Boston and Dallas never got close to 13.
Otherwise, Jaylen Brown (31 points) and Christian Wood (26 points, 12 boards) had strong outings for both sides.
“It’s always the best. He’s a fantastic player. He’s top 10, in MVP (talking)… he’s shown he’s not a future face of the league but he already is and he’s a great player and it’s always fun to play with people like that,” he said Doncic per ESPN Tim Bontemps.
“They are probably No. 1 in the league and also probably have the best duo in the league. “And we’re in the (TD) Garden – it’s always a special game. You have to come 100 percent. If not, you will probably lose. It’s a big game.”
The Sacramento Kings ended their seven-game winning streak when Trae Young scored 35 points and led the host Atlanta Hawks to a 115-106 win.
Domantas Sabonis had 15 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists to ignite Sacramento (10-7). Clint Capela pulled 14 rebounds for the Hawks (11-7).
Donovan Mitchell scored 34 points to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers 114-96 over Portland and extend their winning streak to four games.
The Cavs improved to 8-1 at home and 12-6 overall as Darius Garland had 24 points and 12 assists while Jarrett Allen added 24 points and 13 rebounds.
DeMar DeRozan scored 36 points and added eight assists to lead the Chicago Bulls 118-113 over host Milwaukee, dropping the Bucks to 12-5 despite 36 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists from Greek star Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Colby White and Nikola Vucevic sunk back-to-back 3-pointers to lead Chicago 115-109, and DeRozan and Patrick Williams sunk late free throws to seal the triumph.
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Karl-Anthony Towns had 23 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, while Frenchman Rudy Gobert had 21 points and 16 rebounds in Minnesota’s 115-101 win over Indiana.
Myles Turner scored a game-high 31 points for the Pacers, whose five-game winning streak ended.
Zion Williamson scored 32 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to a 129-110 win in San Antonio. He shot 14 of 18 from the floor and 4 of 8 from the free throw line.
In Miami, Kyle Lowry had 28 points and Caleb Martin had 24 to propel the host Heat against Washington 113-105. Kyle Kuzman had a game-high 33 points for the Wizards.
Terry Rozier scored 22 points and PJ Washington added 19 to tease the Charlotte Hornets for visiting Philadelphia 107-101.
Shake Milton led the 76ers with 22 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. Mason Plumlee and Nick Richards each had 13 rebounds for the Hornets.
The Denver Nuggets bounced back from 13 points behind in the fourth quarter to win 131-126 in overtime in Oklahoma City.
Nikola Jokic had a game-high 39 points plus 10 rebounds and nine assists for Denver and sunk two crucial free throws with 8.3 seconds remaining in overtime.
Bruce Brown had a triple double with 17 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for the Nuggets while Aaron Gordon had 30 points for Denver. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder with 31 points.
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