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Wells Fargo Center lit up Ben Simmons in his return to Philadelphia.
The arena erupted into expletive-filled chants, yelling “F**k Ben Simmons” throughout Wednesday night’s contest as the Brooklyn Nets visited Joel Embiid and the 76ers.
It was a rough night for Simmons, who kept his back to the basket in the paint, dumped the ball off rather than taking open mid-range shots and received a senseless tech after shoving Sixers forward Georges Niang.
He finished the game with the team’s worst plus/minus at -16 and scored 12 points on 5 of 7 shooting.
Former teammate Joel Embiid was eating Simmons’ lunch all night: sizing him up in the paint and giving Ben added grief after staring him down following a big slam.
Embiid received a technical in the third quarter after getting an acrobatic and-1 score off and giving Brooklyn the business.
Despite facing a double-digit deficit in the third, the Nets clawed their way back into the contest in the fourth —within single digits in the game’s final minutes.
Embiid’s grown-man strength and a clutch three-pointer by Tyrese Maxey elevated Philadelphia in crunchtime, edging the Nets for a 137-133 win — their sixth straight dub.
The 76ers went 35 of 36 from the charity stripe.