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Weakened Nets upset Sixers in NBA

Missing two of their biggest names, the Brooklyn Nets cast aside the absence of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to stun the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA on Thursday.

The Nets beat the Sixers 122-109 in New York, with reserve Joe Harris stepping up to score a season-high 28 points.

In contrast, the Sixers featured two of their stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. But they were kept quiet with Embiid posting just 20 points, with 12 rebounds and three assists, and the Australian 11 (four rebounds and two assists).

Durant was missing due to COVID-19 safety protocols though coach Steve Nash said he could return for Sunday’s home game against the Oklahoma City Thunder while Irving sat out for personal reasons.

Harris finished two points shy of his career high as the Nets posted their second straight double-digit win after dropping four of five. He shot 11 of 19 and tied a season-high with six 3-pointers.

Caris LeVert was elevated to the starting lineup in place of Irving and responded with another strong performance, handing out 10 assists for his fifth career game to go with 20 points.

The 76ers saw a five-game winning streak snapped after surviving a 60-point night from Washington’s Bradley Beal on Wednesday.

The Sixers shot at 47.1 per cent with Embiid scoring his points on 7-of-14 shooting.

In Memphis, Andre Drummond had a game-high 22 points and 15 rebounds while Larry Nance Jr. added 18 points on 7-for-7 shooting from the field as the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Grizzlies 94-90.

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