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Saturday, August 08, 2020 1:00 am

NBA

76ers win without Simmons

Associated Press

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Tobias Harris had 23 points and 15 rebounds, Joel Embiid turned in a strong second half and finished with 23 points and 13 rebwounds and the Philadelphia 76ers held off the Orlando Magic 108-101 on Friday night in their first game without All-Star Ben Simmons.

Simmons is out indefinitely after injuring his knee Wednesday night.

Alec Burks had 22 points off the bench and Al Horford stepped into the starting lineup and finished with 21 points and nine rebounds.

Evan Fournier had 22 points and Nikola Vucevic had 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Magic, which has lost three straight games in the NBA bubble after starting 2-0.

SPURS 119, JAZZ 111:Derrick White scored 24 points, and Jakob Poelti added 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead San Antonio.

Lonnie Walker and Rudy Gay both finished with 14 points for the Spurs, who moved into sole possession of 10th place in the Western Conference, a half-game ahead of surging Phoenix. The Suns are 4-0 since the NBA restart, but were idle Friday.

San Antonio got a huge lift in the third quarter from the 33-year-old Gay, who scored 10 points during one stretch to help open a 16-point lead.

Jordan Clarkson scored 24 points to lead the Jazz,

GRIZZLIES 121, THUNDER 92: Dillon Brooks scored 22 points as Memphis claimed its first win since the restart.

Jonas Valanciunas had 19 points and 11 rebounds and Ja Morant had 19 points and nine assists for the Grizzlies.

Memphis lost its first four restart games and would have fallen into a tie with Portland for eighth place in the Western Conference standings with a loss.

Chris Paul scored 17 points and Luguentz Dort added 16 for the Thunder.

NETS 119, KINGS 106: Caris LeVert scored 22 points, and Jarrett Allen added 17 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists as Brooklyn clinched a playoff berth.

The Nets came to the bubble without stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving but continued to display plenty of fight, improving to 3-2 since coming to Florida. Joe Harris added 21 points, shooting 8 of 11 from the field, including 5 of 7 from 3-point range.

The Nets had a 78-62 lead midway through the third quarter but Bogdan Bogdanovic responded with five quick points to spark a Kings rally. Sacramento pulled within 80-76 before Garrett Temple's 3-pointer got Brooklyn back on track.

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