Nets and Sixers’ Heated Rivalry Is About Much More Than Ben Simmons | Bleacher Report

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Prior to the opening tip between the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night, Ben Simmons was the lead story and the sole recipient of the raucous Philly crowd’s ire.

After it, Simmons was barely a footnote (and far from the only party showered with boos) in what’s quickly become the NBA‘s most heated rivalry.

The Nets beat the Sixers 129-100 with Simmons watching from the bench as his new team shredded his old one from start to finish. And before anyone jumps up to sarcastically observe that a blowout of this magnitude only counts as a rivalry in a hammer-and-nail sort of way, keep in mind that an embarrassing home beating like this is exactly the kind of thing that puts vengeance on the mind of the defeated.

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Lance Stephenson, who played one season for the University of Cincinnati Bearcats before leaving for the NBA, came off the bench to score 20 consecutive points for the Indiana Pacers during the first quarter of Wednesday night’s loss to the Brooklyn Nets.

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When the Golden State Warriors met the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday, all eyes were on Steph Curry and Kevin Durant.

Along with holding the top two spots on the NBA leaderboard in scoring, both Curry and Durant are coming off Western and Eastern Conference Player of the Week awards.

In a primetime battle, Curry quickly answered the bell. The two-time former Most Valuable Player went to work in the opening frame, scoring 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field to go along with two assists and two steals. Curry caught fire from deep to start the game, drilling four 3-pointers in the first quarter.

Curry stayed hot from beyond the arc throughout the game, recording nine 3-pointers on 9-of-14 shooting from long distance. A flurry of Curry’s triples came from near the logo in Brooklyn.

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