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Simmons scores 31 points, 76ers beat Nets without Embiid

NEW YORK (AP) Joel Embiid took off his warmup gear and changed into street clothes, his left knee feeling too sore to play.

Even with the All-Star center sitting down, the Philadelphia 76ers were flying high in Game 3.

Ben Simmons scored a career playoff-high 31 points, Tobias Harris added 29 points and 16 rebounds and the 76ers shook off the absence of their leading scorer to beat the Brooklyn Nets 131-115 on Thursday night for a 2-1 lead in the first-round series.

The 76ers relied on Simmons slashing to the basket, and Harris and JJ Redick shooting from the perimeter.

''We have the pieces to get games, to complete games and I think everybody in the organization knows that,'' Simmons said.

Simmons was 11 for 13 from the field, repeatedly getting to the rim even with the Nets sagging well off him in hopes he would shoot a jumper. He added nine assists and eventually quieted a crowd that loudly booed him every time he touched the ball early.

Harris had his playoff highs in both points and rebounds, and was 6 for 6 from 3-point range. Redick was 5 of 9 behind the arc and finished with 26 points.

''Listen, I think their big players came to play,'' Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. ''Ben had a great game, I thought JJ was great, Tobias also hit some big 3s.''

Embiid warmed up before the game but the 76ers announced shortly before the start that the All-Star center wouldn't be available because of a sore left knee. Greg Monroe started in his place and had nine points and 13 rebounds.

''Just came in, obviously with Joel down that's a big scoring loss that we had there,'' Harris said. ''So just had to be aggressive from the start.''

D'Angelo Russell and Caris LeVert each scored 26 points for the Nets, who host Game 4 on Saturday afternoon. They have dropped the last two games after surprising the No. 3 seed in the opener in Philadelphia.

Energized by a lively Brooklyn crowd seeing playoff basketball for the first time since 2015 and perhaps by the absence of Embiid, who averaged 22.5 points and 12.5 rebounds in the first two games, the Nets started well but then stalled. They went about 4 1/2 minutes without a basket and Philadelphia took advantage to lead 32-24 after one.

''When, arguably, their best player sits out, you have to take advantage of that and we just couldn't perform on it,'' Nets center Jarrett Allen said.

The lead quickly went into double digits in the second before LeVert got going. He scored six straight points and had Brooklyn's first 14 of the period to tie it at 38. The 76ers regained control and opened an 11-point lead with about 2 1/2 minutes remaining before halftime, but LeVert had another burst to cut Philadelphia's lead to 65-59 at the break. He finished with 19 points in the period.

Redick hit a pair of 3-pointers sandwiched around Harris' three-point play, pushing it to 81-67, and another 3 by Redick had the Sixers leading 97-81 with 1:16 left in the third. But a four-point play by Spencer Dinwiddie highlighted Brooklyn's run of nine straight points to end the period and trim it to 97-90.

The Nets cut it to six in the fourth on Russell's 3-pointer, but the 76ers soon pulled away again.

It was another poor defensive effort by the Nets, who allowed just 102 points in Game 1 but an average of 138 in the last two games.

''We didn't do a good enough job of getting stops,'' guard Joe Harris said. ''You can't have three guys go for 30 and expect to win games.''

Jimmy Butler scored 16 points for the 76ers and backup big man Boban Marjanovic finished with 14 points and eight rebounds.

TIP-INS

76ers: Simmons was 5 for 5 on free throws when the Nets fouled him intentionally with 3:38 remaining. He missed both, but hit two on the next possession and finished 9 for 11. ... Monroe didn't even make his Sixers debut until April 6.

Nets: Brooklyn was 8 for 39 (20.5%) from 3-point range. Joe Harris, who led the league in 3-pointer percentage, missed all four of his attempts. ... LeVert's 19 points were the most he scored in any quarter of his career. ... The Nets had won their last three Game 3s.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:44   D'Angelo Russell missed finger-roll layup  
11:39   Offensive rebound by Joe Harris  
11:39 +2 Joe Harris made dunk 0-2
11:28 +2 Jimmy Butler made jump shot 2-2
11:19   D'Angelo Russell missed finger-roll layup  
11:15   Defensive rebound by Tobias Harris  
11:13   Personal foul on Joe Harris  
11:10   JJ Redick missed fade-away jump shot  
11:07   Defensive rebound by Rodions Kurucs  
11:02   DeMarre Carroll missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:01   Shooting foul on Greg Monroe  
11:01 +1 Jarrett Allen made 1st of 2 free throws 2-3
11:01 +1 Jarrett Allen made 2nd of 2 free throws 2-4
10:51   Lost ball turnover on Tobias Harris, stolen by D'Angelo Russell  
10:34 +3 DeMarre Carroll made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jarrett Allen 2-7
10:15 +2 JJ Redick made jump shot 4-7
10:05   D'Angelo Russell missed jump shot  
10:01 +2 Jarrett Allen made dunk 4-9
9:49 +2 Ben Simmons made hook shot, assist by JJ Redick 6-9
9:34   Defensive rebound by Greg Monroe  
9:29 +2 Greg Monroe made floating jump shot, assist by Ben Simmons 8-9
9:18 +3 DeMarre Carroll made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by D'Angelo Russell 8-12
9:01 +2 JJ Redick made jump shot, assist by Greg Monroe 10-12
8:36 +2 D'Angelo Russell made finger-roll layup 10-14
8:23   Jimmy Butler missed driving layup  
8:21   Defensive rebound by Jarrett Allen  
8:09   D'Angelo Russell missed jump shot  
8:05   Defensive rebound by Greg Monroe  
8:00 +2 Ben Simmons made driving layup 12-14
7:38   Bad pass turnover on Rodions Kurucs, stolen by Greg Monroe  
7:36   Shooting foul on DeMarre Carroll  
7:36 +1 Ben Simmons made 1st of 2 free throws 13-14
7:36 +1 Ben Simmons made 2nd of 2 free throws 14-14
7:27 +3 D'Angelo Russell made 3-pt. jump shot 14-17
7:12 +2 Ben Simmons made layup, assist by Jimmy Butler 16-17
6:59   Out of bounds turnover on D'Angelo Russell  
6:44   Offensive rebound by Boban Marjanovic  
6:41 +2 Boban Marjanovic made dunk 18-17
6:32   Offensive foul on Jarrett Allen  
6:17 +2 Jimmy Butler made driving layup 20-17
6:08   Personal foul on JJ Redick  
6:01 +2 D'Angelo Russell made jump shot 20-19
5:40   Jimmy Butler missed floating jump shot  
5:37   Defensive rebound by Jarrett Allen  
5:21   Bad pass turnover on Jared Dudley, stolen by Jimmy Butler  
5:07 +2 Tobias Harris made jump shot 22-19
4:52   Personal foul on James Ennis III  
4:44   Defensive rebound by James Ennis III  
4:31   Traveling violation turnover on Boban Marjanovic  
4:15   Ed Davis missed driving layup  
4:12   Defensive rebound by Tobias Harris  
4:08   Out of bounds turnover on Tobias Harris  
3:50   Spencer Dinwiddie missed reverse layup, blocked by Boban Marjanovic  
3:40   James Ennis III missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:35   Defensive rebound by Ed Davis  
3:27   Caris LeVert missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:25   Defensive rebound by Tobias Harris  
2:58   Spencer Dinwiddie missed finger-roll layup  
2:54   Defensive rebound by Mike Scott  
2:53   Personal foul on DeMarre Carroll  
2:43 +2 James Ennis III made dunk 27-19
2:24   DeMarre Carroll missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:19   Defensive rebound by James Ennis III  
2:11   Shooting foul on Ed Davis  
2:11 +1 Boban Marjanovic made 1st of 2 free throws 28-19
2:11 +1 Boban Marjanovic made 2nd of 2 free throws 29-19
1:53   Traveling violation turnover on Caris LeVert  
1:41   JJ Redick missed jump shot  
1:37   Offensive rebound by Greg Monroe  
1:31   Defensive rebound by Jared Dudley  
1:24 +2 Spencer Dinwiddie made reverse layup 29-21
1:24   Shooting foul on Mike Scott  
1:24 +1 Spencer Dinwiddie made free throw 29-22
1:08   Personal foul on Ed Davis  
1:08   Greg Monroe missed 1st of 2 free throws  
1:08   PHI team rebound  
1:08 +1 Greg Monroe made 2nd of 2 free throws 30-22
0:54 +2 Ed Davis made driving dunk, assist by Caris LeVert 30-24
0:32   Spencer Dinwiddie missed driving layup  
0:30   Defensive rebound by Greg Monroe  
0:26 +2 Greg Monroe made layup, assist by Ben Simmons 32-24
0:04   BKN team rebound  
0:02   Caris LeVert missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:03   Caris LeVert missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:02   BKN team rebound  
0:02   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
0:00   Jimmy Butler missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   PHI team rebound  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:47   Tobias Harris missed hook shot  
11:45   Offensive rebound by Tobias Harris  
11:36 +2 Jimmy Butler made jump shot, assist by Tobias Harris 34-24
11:07   Greg Monroe missed hook shot  
11:05   Defensive rebound by Caris LeVert  
10:58 +2 Caris LeVert made floating jump shot 34-28
10:47   JJ Redick missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:45   BKN team rebound  
10:34 +2 Caris LeVert made floating jump shot 34-30
10:18   Tobias Harris missed turnaround jump shot  
10:17   Offensive rebound by Greg Monroe  
10:16   Greg Monroe missed dunk  
10:09   Traveling violation turnover on D'Angelo Russell  
9:51 +2 Jimmy Butler made jump shot 36-30
9:36 +2 Caris LeVert made floating jump shot 36-32
9:06   Defensive rebound by D'Angelo Russell  
9:04 +3 Caris LeVert made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by D'Angelo Russell 36-35
8:51 +2 Ben Simmons made hook shot 38-35
8:41   D'Angelo Russell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:37   Offensive rebound by Caris LeVert  
8:16   Lost ball turnover on D'Angelo Russell, stolen by Ben Simmons  
8:10 +2 Ben Simmons made reverse layup, assist by Tobias Harris 40-38
8:04   Caris LeVert missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:04   Defensive rebound by Tobias Harris  
7:57   Greg Monroe missed layup  
7:54   Offensive rebound by Greg Monroe  
7:54   Greg Monroe missed dunk  
7:54   Defensive rebound by Ed Davis  
7:54   Personal foul on Ben Simmons  
7:41   Bad pass turnover on Caris LeVert, stolen by Tobias Harris  
7:31   Jimmy Butler missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:28   PHI team rebound  
7:26   Boban Marjanovic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:25   PHI team rebound  
7:25   Personal foul on Spencer Dinwiddie  
7:25   PHI team rebound  
7:11 +2 D'Angelo Russell made floating jump shot 42-40
6:59   Tobias Harris missed jump shot  
6:56   Offensive rebound by Boban Marjanovic  
6:32 +2 D'Angelo Russell made jump shot 45-42
6:20   Offensive rebound by Boban Marjanovic  
6:20   Shooting foul on D'Angelo Russell  
6:20 +1 Boban Marjanovic made 1st of 2 free throws 46-42
6:20 +1 Boban Marjanovic made 2nd of 2 free throws 47-42
6:09   Offensive foul on James Ennis III  
5:54   Treveon Graham missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:50   Defensive rebound by Tobias Harris  
5:34   Offensive foul on Boban Marjanovic  
5:34   Turnover on Boban Marjanovic  
5:20   Offensive rebound by Jarrett Allen  
5:20 +2 Jarrett Allen made dunk 47-44
5:20   Shooting foul on Tobias Harris  
5:20 +1 Jarrett Allen made free throw 47-45
5:02   Mike Scott missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:59   Offensive rebound by Boban Marjanovic  
4:59   Personal foul on Treveon Graham  
4:51 +3 Tobias Harris made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ben Simmons 50-45
4:39   Jarrett Allen missed hook shot  
4:31 +3 Tobias Harris made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ben Simmons 53-45
4:09   Offensive rebound by Spencer Dinwiddie  
4:07   Rodions Kurucs missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:03   Defensive rebound by Tobias Harris  
3:52 +2 James Ennis III made driving layup 55-45
3:41   Spencer Dinwiddie missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:37   Defensive rebound by Ben Simmons  
3:31   Mike Scott missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:27   Defensive rebound by Jarrett Allen  
3:15   Shooting foul on Tobias Harris  
3:15 +1 Jarrett Allen made 1st of 2 free throws 55-46
3:15 +1 Jarrett Allen made 2nd of 2 free throws 55-47
3:03   Personal foul on Spencer Dinwiddie  
2:50 +2 Spencer Dinwiddie made reverse layup 57-49
2:49   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
2:49 +1 JJ Redick made free throw 58-49
2:18 +1 Spencer Dinwiddie made 1st of 2 free throws 60-50
2:10   Jimmy Butler missed jump shot  
2:06   Defensive rebound by Rodions Kurucs  
1:43   Spencer Dinwiddie missed driving layup  
1:41   Defensive rebound by Boban Marjanovic  
1:35   Boban Marjanovic missed driving layup, blocked by Caris LeVert  
1:29 +2 Jarrett Allen made dunk, assist by Rodions Kurucs 60-53
1:12 +3 JJ Redick made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ben Simmons 63-53
0:56 +3 Caris LeVert made 3-pt. jump shot 63-56
0:38   JJ Redick missed jump shot  
0:35   Defensive rebound by Caris LeVert  
0:29   Shooting foul on Boban Marjanovic  
0:29 +1 Jarrett Allen made 1st of 2 free throws 63-57
0:29   Jarrett Allen missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
0:27   BKN team rebound  
0:22   Caris LeVert missed floating jump shot  
0:20 +2 Caris LeVert made dunk 63-59
0:01   Offensive rebound by Ben Simmons  
0:01 +2 Ben Simmons made dunk 65-59
0:00   Rodions Kurucs missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   BKN team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:47   Tobias Harris missed jump shot  
11:28 +2 Rodions Kurucs made driving layup, assist by D'Angelo Russell 65-61
11:11   Bad pass turnover on Jimmy Butler, stolen by Jarrett Allen  
10:55   DeMarre Carroll missed driving layup, blocked by Greg Monroe  
10:52   Defensive rebound by Greg Monroe  
10:49   Out of bounds turnover on Ben Simmons  
10:38   Defensive rebound by Greg Monroe  
10:32   Greg Monroe missed jump shot  
10:30   Offensive rebound by Greg Monroe  
10:26 +2 Greg Monroe made dunk 67-61
10:19   Shooting foul on Ben Simmons  
10:19   Jarrett Allen missed 1st of 2 free throws  
10:19   BKN team rebound  
10:19 +1 Jarrett Allen made 2nd of 2 free throws 67-62
10:09   Greg Monroe missed jump shot  
10:05   Defensive rebound by DeMarre Carroll  
9:57 +2 D'Angelo Russell made jump shot 67-64
9:46 +2 Ben Simmons made hook shot 69-64
9:36   D'Angelo Russell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:33   Defensive rebound by Greg Monroe  
9:22 +3 JJ Redick made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jimmy Butler 72-64
8:58 +2 Joe Harris made driving layup, assist by Jarrett Allen 72-66
8:41   Defensive rebound by Rodions Kurucs  
8:39   Shooting foul on Tobias Harris  
8:39 +1 Rodions Kurucs made 1st of 2 free throws 72-67
8:36   Defensive rebound by Ben Simmons  
8:19 +3 JJ Redick made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jimmy Butler 75-67
7:59   Defensive rebound by Ben Simmons  
7:58 +2 Tobias Harris made layup, assist by Ben Simmons 77-67
7:58   Shooting foul on Joe Harris  
7:58 +1 Tobias Harris made free throw 78-67
7:47   Out of bounds turnover on DeMarre Carroll  
7:35 +3 JJ Redick made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jimmy Butler 81-67
7:21   Defensive rebound by Greg Monroe  
7:01 +2 Jarrett Allen made hook shot, assist by Joe Harris 81-69
6:46 +3 Tobias Harris made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jimmy Butler 84-69
6:31   DeMarre Carroll missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:27   Defensive rebound by Tobias Harris  
6:13   JJ Redick missed jump shot  
6:11   BKN team rebound  
5:56   Lost ball turnover on Jarrett Allen, stolen by Boban Marjanovic  
5:49   Jimmy Butler missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:47   Defensive rebound by Joe Harris  
5:39   D'Angelo Russell missed jump shot  
5:36   Defensive rebound by Jimmy Butler  
5:31   Offensive foul on Boban Marjanovic  
5:31   Turnover on Boban Marjanovic  
5:18 +2 Spencer Dinwiddie made driving layup 84-71
5:00   Shooting foul on Jarrett Allen  
5:00 +1 Boban Marjanovic made 1st of 2 free throws 85-71
5:00 +1 Boban Marjanovic made 2nd of 2 free throws 86-71
4:44   Shooting foul on Tobias Harris  
4:44 +1 Joe Harris made 1st of 2 free throws 86-72
4:44 +1 Joe Harris made 2nd of 2 free throws 86-73
4:26   Shooting foul on Caris LeVert  
4:26 +1 Boban Marjanovic made 1st of 2 free throws 87-73
4:26 +1 Boban Marjanovic made 2nd of 2 free throws 88-73
4:08 +2 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson made layup, assist by Caris LeVert 88-75
4:08   Shooting foul on Boban Marjanovic  
4:08 +1 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson made free throw 88-76
3:46 +2 Boban Marjanovic made turnaround jump shot 90-76
3:33   Rondae Hollis-Jefferson missed reverse layup  
3:31   Defensive rebound by Boban Marjanovic  
3:26   Personal foul on Caris LeVert  
3:21   Shooting foul on Jared Dudley  
3:21 +1 JJ Redick made 1st of 3 free throws 91-76
3:21 +1 JJ Redick made 2nd of 3 free throws 92-76
3:21   Defensive rebound by Spencer Dinwiddie  
3:02   Defensive rebound by James Ennis III  
2:53   Shooting foul on Spencer Dinwiddie  
2:53