Sport Basketball Ben Simmons triple-double as 76ers beat Nets

Ben Simmons triple-double as 76ers beat Nets

Ben Simmons, pictured with teammate Al Horford during the Philadelphia 76ers' win over the Brooklyn Nets Photo: Getty
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Ben Simmons has tied a career high with 34 points and added 12 rebounds and 12 assists, carrying the Philadelphia 76ers to a 117-111 victory over the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA.

Announced as the Eastern Conference player of the week during Monday’s game, the Australian got a good start on winning the next week’s award, too.

He shot 12 for 14 from the field in his career-best fifth straight game with 20 or more points, finishing with his fourth triple-double of the season.

Al Horford added 19 points for the 76ers, who won their fourth consecutive game. Tobias Harris and Josh Richardson each scored 15.

Spencer Dinwiddie scored 22 points for the Nets, who played without Kyrie Irving because of hamstring tightness and lost their fourth straight. Caris LeVert had 16 points and rookie Nicolas Claxton added a career-best 15.

In Monday’s other early games, the Washington Wizards broke a three-game losing streak with a 106-100 win over the Detroit Pistons, and the Toronto Raptors withstood Atlanta’s late charge to beat the Hawks 122-117.