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Nets pummel 76ers in first game since big trade

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Mar 10, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) is fouled by Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) during the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 10, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) is fouled by Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) during the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Durant finished with 25 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists, Seth Curry added 24 points and five steals and the Brooklyn Nets crushed the host Philadelphia 76ers 129-100 on Thursday.

Kyrie Irving scored 22 points while James Johnson had 16 points and five blocked shots. Bruce Brown Jr. added 11 points and Patty Mills had 10 for the Nets.

The Nets were 18 of 40 from 3-point territory.

This was the first matchup since last month’s blockbuster trade that sent James Harden and Paul Millsap to the Sixers for Curry, Andre Drummond, Ben Simmons and two first-round draft picks. Simmons didn’t play, but sat on the bench and was booed throughout the game.

Joel Embiid led the Sixers with 27 points and 12 rebounds, and Tobias Harris added 16 points. Harden had 11 and passed Reggie Miller into sole possession of third place all-time for career 3-pointers made. But Harden shot 3 of 17 overall from the field.

Georges Niang also scored 11 and DeAndre Jordan had 10 as the Sixers fell for the first time in six games with Embiid and Harden both playing.

The Nets never trailed and built a 40-23 lead after the first quarter. They extended the gap to 72-51 at halftime thanks in large part to 64.4 percent shooting and Durant’s 18 points.

Conversely, the Sixers shot just 27.1 percent in the first half despite Embiid’s 21 points.

When Drummond scored in the low post with 3:42 remaining in the third quarter, the Nets extended their advantage to 96-67.

Brooklyn held a commanding 102-70 lead at the end of the third, and Irving opened the fourth with a 3-pointer, the Nets’ 14th of the game, for a 35-point advantage.

Facing such a large deficit, Sixers head coach Doc Rivers started the fourth quarter with five bench players. Philadelphia’s frustration bubbled over when Shake Milton was whistled for a technical foul with 9:18 remaining.

–Field Level Media