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Ben Simmons shows worth as Nets crushed

Australians Ben Simmons, Andrew Bogut and Patty Mills all had big wins to give their teams 2-1 series leads in the NBA play-offs.

Ben Simmons shows worth as Nets crushed

Australians Ben Simmons, Andrew Bogut and Patty Mills all had big wins to give their teams 2-1 series leads in the NBA play-offs.

BEN SIMMONS #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers handles the ball during a NBA game at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona.
BEN SIMMONS #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers handles the ball during a NBA game at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. Picture:Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Australian Ben Simmons has punished the Brooklyn Nets after one of their players called him "average" while Andrew Bogut made a triumphant return to the Golden State Warriors' starting NBA line-up.

Simmons was a man on a mission, scoring 31 points and spearheading the Philadelphia 76ers to a 131-115 demolition of the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday in game three of their best-of-seven play-off series.


The win in Brooklyn gave the 76ers a 2-1 series lead.

"I think it was one of Ben's most dominant games," coach Brett Brown said.

Simmons' offensive and defensive masterclass came after Nets' bench player Jared Dudley described him as an "average" player when restricted to playing in the half-court.

"I really don't have energy for it," Simmons, refusing to discuss whether Dudley's comments inspired him to seek revenge, told reporters after the game.

On the court Simmons was not so evasive.

When Dudley had an airball attempting a three-pointer Simmons stood with his arms spread out to his side and looked directly at Dudley.

The 76ers' win came with All-Star centre Joel Embiid sitting out with a lingering sore left knee.

Simmons also had nine assists, four rebounds, three blocks and two steals.

The 76ers' Tobias Harris dropped 29 points and 16 rebounds and JJ Redick sank five of nine of his three point attempts on his way to 26 points.

Game four is in Brooklyn on Saturday.

Bogut's Warriors steamrolled the Los Angeles Clippers 132-105 in LA to take a 2-1 lead in their series.

The win came after the Warriors gave up an NBA play-off record 31-point lead to the Clippers to lose game two.

Bogut had eight points, five assists and 14 rebounds from 25 minutes on court. Four of his rebounds were on the offensive end.

Bogut, who was playing in the NBL with the Sydney Kings last month, was inserted into the starting line-up after Warriors' All-Star big man DeMarcus Cousins suffered a likely season-ending quad injury in game two.

The veteran Australian, the Warriors' starting centre during his 2012-2016 stint with the team, had an immediate impact scoring four points in the first seven minutes.

Kevin Durant top-scored for the Warriors with 38 points.

Patty Mills' San Antonio Spurs also bounced back from their recent capitulation to beat the Denver Nuggets and take a 2-1 play-off series lead.

The Spurs convincingly won game three in San Antonio on Thursday 118-108, a stark change from Tuesday's game two when they lost after holding a late 19-point lead.

Spurs' guard Derrick White had a career night with 36 points and DeMar Rozan added 25 points.

Mills' effort was not reflected in the box score, with the Australian scoreless in 17 minutes on the court.

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