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Sixers shake off Embiid absence to beat Nets

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By Agence France-Presse

Ben Simmons dominated on the inside and Tobias Harris fired away from the perimeter as the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Brooklyn Nets 131-115 to take a 2-1 lead in their playoff series.

Simmons scored a NBA career postseason high 31 points and Harris tallied 29 and 16 rebounds for the Sixers.

Philadelphia won despite missing all-star Joel Embiid, who took part in the warm-up but was unable to play because of a sore knee. Greg Monroe started in his place and finished with 13 rebounds and nine points.

Simmons shot 11 of 13 from the field and added nine assists while Harris was a perfect six-for-six from beyond the arc.

JJ Redick was five of nine from three-point range and had 26 points.

D’Angelo Russell and Caris LeVert each scored 26 points for the Nets, who have dropped the last two games after surprising the No. 3 seed in the opener in Philadelphia.