Nets' Simmons on song in NBA at Toronto

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 Nets' Simmons on song in NBA at Toronto
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Ben Simmons said it would take time to get back to his best and the Australian looks like he is heading down the right path, as is his Brooklyn side who enjoyed a 112-98 win in Toronto.

Simmons' recovery from a back injury and mental health issues has seen him extend his time on court and numbers.

The Australian featured for 32 and a half minutes, 18 seconds less than superstar Kevin Durant, and contributed 14 points, two rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocks to help the Nets improve to a 9-10 record on Wednesday night.

Kyrie Irving led the way against the Raptors (9-9), scoring 19 of his 29 points in the third quarter.

"That's what we want him to do," Simmons said of Irving.

"Just be himself, have that confidence to come out and take those shots and be who he is. He's an incredible player, incredible teammate."

Brooklyn have won three of four, including two of three since Irving returned from a suspension for tweeting a link to an anti-Semitic film.

Nic Claxton had 14 points and 12 rebounds and Durant 12 points to place 18th on the NBA's all-time scoring list.

Durant scored his 26,074th career point in the third quarter, passing Kevin Garnett (26,071).

In Oklahoma City, Aussie Josh Giddey had 12 points, four rebounds and six assists in the Thunder's 131-126 overtime loss to Denver.

Nikola Jokic scored 39 points, Aaron Gordon added 30 and Bruce Brown had a triple-double (17 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists) for the Nuggets.

DeMar DeRozan's 36 points and eight assists steered Chicago to a 118-113 win at Milwaukee.

The Bulls began the week with a 6-10 record but have now beaten the NBA's top two teams, ending Boston's nine-game winning streak on Monday.

Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic scored 18 points apiece for the Bulls, while Giannis Antetokounmpo had 36 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for the Bucks.

In Boston, Jayson Tatum had 37 points and 13 rebounds and Jaylen Brown scored 31 points to help the NBA-best Celtics (14-4) bounce back from a rare loss and beat Dallas 125-112.

Luka Doncic scored 42 points for the Mavericks, who had beaten the Celtics four straight times.

But the Slovenian wasn't able to keep this one close with the hosts leading by as many as 27 points in the third quarter.

Golden State's Andrew Wiggins had a game-high 31 points in the Warriors' 124-107 home win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Donovan Mitchell scored 34 points and Jarrett Allen had a season-high 24 points and 13 rebounds to lift the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 114-96 victory over the visiting Portland Trail Blazers.

Other winners included the Atlanta Hawks, led by 35 points from Trae Young, Charlotte Hornets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Miami Heat, New Orleans Pelicans and Detroit Pistons.

With AP.


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