The preseason meeting between Brooklyn and Philadelphia was expected, and for good reason, the two teams made a “blockbuster deal” which caused a lot of talk last February.
It was also an opportunity to see the first steps of Ben Simmons in his new formation… facing his former teammates! What offer a historical aspect to this meeting whose result will remain anecdotal.
We will therefore remember that it was on a dunk in transition that Ben Simmons scored his first basket with Brooklyn. For the rest of the first act, it was above all Philadelphia who shone by slamming 42 points, in particular thanks to a good introduction from Tyrese Maxey and the precious relays of his teammates at 3-points (26-42).
An interesting second quarter for the Nets
The Nets quickly reacted by passing a 24-13 launched by Joe Harris and punctuated by the 3 + 1 of Patty Mills and the dunks of Nic Claxton (50-55). The brilliant shots of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant allowed Brooklyn to stay in the game until the break (62-65).
It was finally after having briefly managed to come back in front of the score towards the middle of the third quarter, without their stars, that the locals completely cracked. The Sixers have indeed passed a 17-2 in four minutes to complete the period and thus turn to +15 (86-101).
Enough to take shelter, the Irving-Simmons-Durant trio having joined the bench since the break. Just enough time to allow Julian Champagnie (15 points) to stretch his legs and accompany the Sixers to a quiet success, 127-108.
With the victory far from its bases, the 20 points and 3 assists in just 14 minutes for Tyrese Maxey, and the Harden-Embiid pair on the bench, Philly could not have hoped for a better start to its preseason.