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Redick, Simmons lead Philadelphia to 11th straight win

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The focused 76ers have their eyes and hearts set on home-court advantage in the playoffs.

J.J. Redick scored 19 points and Ben Simmons had 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead Philadelphia to its 11th straight victory, 121-95 over the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night. That kept the 76ers in fourth place in the Eastern Conference with five games remaining.

''We don't hide from our goal,'' Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said. ''We want home court.''

If the playoffs started on Wednesday, the 76ers would host a first-round series. They remained a half-game behind third-place Cleveland and in front of fifth-place Indiana, which began Tuesday a half-game behind Philadelphia. The 76ers have five games remaining, including Friday's home contest against the Cavaliers.

Redick said that goal helped Philadelphia easily dispatch the Nets, who merely are playing out the string.

''It's tough when you're not playing for anything,'' Redick said. ''We have to take advantage of teams that aren't playing for anything. We really imposed our will defensively and the force we played with offensively.''

The veteran guard even got some welcomed rest.

Neither Simmons nor Redick played in the fourth quarter for Philadelphia, which won its third consecutive contest without All-Star center Joel Embiid. Embiid had surgery on Saturday after suffering an orbital fracture in his left eye in Wednesday's 118-101 win over the Knicks. Embiid will be out for the remainder of the regular season and is slated to return for the playoffs, although his exact return date is not known.

Marco Belinelli added 17 points for the 76ers (47-30), who also didn't have starter Dario Saric (cellulitis right elbow).

Spencer Dinwiddie had 16 points for the Nets (25-53).

Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson was displeased with the effort.

''From a physical and mental standpoint, we weren't focused and ready to play,'' he said. ''It was evident. We were not engaged physically or mentally and that's what happens. It was a layupathon.''

The 76ers were up 61-49 at the half and took control in the third quarter. Philadelphia scored 11 of the first 12 points of the period, capped by Redick's fast-break layup with 8:36 left that made it 72-50. They went on to outscore the Nets 32-22 in the period to take a 93-71 advantage into the fourth.

TIP-INS

Nets: Atkinson said he wants rookie Jarrett Allen to focus on improving his rebounding this offseason by bulking up and developing a more ''assertive'' mentality. ... Brooklyn lost the rebounding battle 56-36.

76ers: The 76ers unveiled a sculpture of Hall of Famer Julius ''Dr. J'' Erving on Tuesday at their practice facility in Camden, New Jersey. Erving rang the ceremonial Liberty Bell prior to tipoff. ... Brown said it's unlikely that guards Markelle Fultz and Simmons would see the court together during the playoffs, explaining that he needs to surround both with shooters. The duo did see time together in the third quarter against the Nets.

IMITATE THE PROCESS

Atkinson is trying to model the Nets' rebuild after the 76ers. ''I observed closely their whole process and how they built this,'' he said before the game.

WALKING WOUNDED

Nets F DeMarre Carroll (left hip strain) limped to the locker room 3 1/2 minutes into the second half and didn't return. He finished with 10 points in 18 minutes. Atkinson didn't have an update afterward. Brooklyn G Allen Crabbe (illness) didn't play. Joe Harris replaced him in the starting lineup and had 13 points.

G Isaiah Whitehead had season-ending surgery on Tuesday to repair a ligament injury in his right wrist. Whitehead averaged 6.3 points in 16 games for Brooklyn.

Saric won't make the trip to Detroit for Wednesday's game against the Pistons. Brown expects him to return for Friday's home contest against Cleveland.

UP NEXT

Nets: At Milwaukee on Thursday night.

76ers: Host Detroit on Wednesday night.

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Key Players
D. Russell
1 PG
B. Simmons
25 PG
34.1 Min. Per Game 34.1
15.8 Pts. Per Game 15.8
8.2 Ast. Per Game 8.2
8.0 Reb. Per Game 8.0
40.9 Field Goal % 54.1
41.1 Three Point % 54.0
75.0 Free Throw % 56.3
+ 3 Spencer Dinwiddie made 3-pt. jump shot 0:10
+ 2 Justin Anderson made dunk, assist by Markelle Fultz 0:18
+ 3 Jahlil Okafor made 3-pt. jump shot 0:34
+ 2 Furkan Korkmaz made finger-roll layup 0:51
  Bad pass turnover on Spencer Dinwiddie, stolen by Furkan Korkmaz 0:54
+ 1 Justin Anderson made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:16
  Team rebound 1:16
  Justin Anderson missed 1st of 2 free throws 1:16
  Shooting foul on Quincy Acy 1:16
+ 2 Jahlil Okafor made finger-roll layup, assist by Spencer Dinwiddie 1:29
+ 2 Markelle Fultz made finger-roll layup, assist by Demetrius Jackson 1:41
Team Stats
Points 95 121
Field Goals 34-81 (42.0%) 50-92 (54.3%)
3-Pointers 17-42 (40.5%) 9-21 (42.9%)
Free Throws 10-23 (43.5%) 12-18 (66.7%)
Total Rebounds 47 61
Offensive 3 8
Defensive 33 48
Team 11 5
Assists 20 28
Steals 5 10
Blocks 6 10
Turnovers 18 10
Fouls 15 22
Technicals 0 0
16 PTS, 6 REB, 6 AST
15 PTS, 12 REB, 6 AST
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away team logo Nets 25-53 2227222495
home team logo 76ers 47-30 28333228121
Team Stats
away team logo Nets 25-53 PPG RPG APG
home team logo 76ers 47-30 108.8 PPG 49.5 RPG 25.8 APG
Key Players
S. Dinwiddie PG 12.6 PPG 3.2 RPG 6.6 APG 38.7 FG%
J. Redick SG 17.1 PPG 2.5 RPG 3.0 APG 46.0 FG%
Top Scorers
S. Dinwiddie PG 16 PTS 6 REB 6 AST
J. Redick SG 19 PTS 2 REB 1 AST
42.0 FG% 54.3
40.5 3PT FG% 42.9
43.5 FT% 66.7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Harris 21 13 0 0 0 0 1 2 5/11 3/7 0/1 0 0 12 -16
D. Carroll 18 10 2 0 0 0 3 1 3/7 3/5 1/2 0 2 9 -18
D. Russell 19 6 6 5 2 0 2 1 2/7 2/4 0/0 0 6 22 -12
R. Hollis-Jefferson 17 5 3 1 0 1 2 1 2/3 0/0 1/1 0 3 9 -15
J. Allen 19 5 2 0 0 2 2 0 1/1 0/0 3/6 1 1 7 -1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Harris 21 13 0 0 0 0 1 2 5/11 3/7 0/1 0 0 12 -16
D. Carroll 18 10 2 0 0 0 3 1 3/7 3/5 1/2 0 2 9 -18
D. Russell 19 6 6 5 2 0 2 1 2/7 2/4 0/0 0 6 22 -12
R. Hollis-Jefferson 17 5 3 1 0 1 2 1 2/3 0/0 1/1 0 3 9 -15
J. Allen 19 5 2 0 0 2 2 0 1/1 0/0 3/6 1 1 7 -1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
S. Dinwiddie 32 16 6 6 0 0 4 1 4/11 3/7 5/8 0 6 30 -14
J. Okafor 16 15 5 0 0 1 0 0 7/9 1/1 0/0 1 4 21 -3
N. Stauskas 20 13 3 2 0 0 1 0 5/11 3/6 0/0 0 3 19 -3
C. LeVert 24 4 3 4 0 0 0 4 2/9 0/4 0/3 0 3 15 -11
D. Cunningham 15 3 2 1 1 0 2 0 1/5 1/4 0/0 1 1 6 -19
Q. Acy 21 3 1 0 0 2 1 3 1/3 1/3 0/0 0 1 5 -14
M. Doyle 12 2 3 1 2 0 0 2 1/4 0/1 0/2 0 3 9 -4
T. Mozgov - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Lin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Crabbe - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Whitehead - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Webb - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 95 36 20 5 6 18 15 34/81 17/42 10/23 3 33 164 -130
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Redick 23 19 2 1 1 1 0 0 8/15 1/3 2/2 0 2 25 +23
B. Simmons 25 15 12 6 1 0 4 2 7/10 0/0 1/2 1 11 36 +21
R. Covington 26 12 6 2 4 3 1 3 4/11 4/8 0/0 0 6 28 +22
E. Ilyasova 28 11 13 1 1 0 1 4 4/9 2/4 1/2 3 10 26 +23
A. Johnson 21 4 5 6 0 0 0 2 1/3 0/0 2/2 2 3 21 +6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Redick 23 19 2 1 1 1 0 0 8/15 1/3 2/2 0 2 25 +23
B. Simmons 25 15 12 6 1 0 4 2 7/10 0/0 1/2 1 11 36 +21
R. Covington 26 12 6 2 4 3 1 3 4/11 4/8 0/0 0 6 28 +22
E. Ilyasova 28 11 13 1 1 0 1 4 4/9 2/4 1/2 3 10 26 +23
A. Johnson 21 4 5 6 0 0 0 2 1/3 0/0 2/2 2 3 21 +6
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Belinelli 27 17 2 1 0 0 2 2 7/11 1/4 2/3 0 2 19 +3
R. Holmes 26 11 5 4 0 4 0 2 5/9 0/0 1/2 2 3 28 +20
T. McConnell 19 10 1 2 1 0 1 1 5/9 0/0 0/0 0 1 15 -3
M. Fultz 20 10 2 3 0 1 1 3 5/8 0/0 0/1 0 2 18 +5
J. Anderson 13 7 6 1 1 1 0 1 2/5 0/1 3/4 0 6 17 +2
F. Korkmaz 5 5 2 0 1 0 0 2 2/2 1/1 0/0 0 2 8 +4
D. Jackson 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 2 +4
J. Bayless - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Embiid - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Saric - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Luwawu-Cabarrot - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 121 56 28 10 10 10 22 50/92 9/21 12/18 8 48 243 +130