NBA: Ben Simmons steals the show as court minutes and numbers mount while his impressive form for the Brooklyn Nets continues

Ben Simmons said it would take time to get back to his best and the Australian seems to be on the right track, as did his Brooklyn side, who celebrated a 112-98 win in Toronto.

Simmons’ recovery from a back injury and mental health issues has seen him increase his time on the court and in the count.

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The Aussie played 32.5 minutes, 18 seconds shy of superstar Kevin Durant, and contributed 14 points, two rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocks to help the Nets climb to a 9-10 record on Wednesday night to improve.

Kyrie Irving led against the Raptors (9-9) and scored 19 of his 29 points in the third quarter.

“That’s what we want from him,” Simmons said of Irving.

“Just be yourself, have the confidence to come out and do these shots and be who he is. He’s an incredible player, an incredible teammate.”

Brooklyn has won three out of four, including two out of three, since Irving returned from a suspension for tweeting a link to an anti-Semitic film.

Nic Claxton had 14 points and 12 rebounds and Durant had 12 points to rank 18th on the NBA’s all-time scorer list.

Ben Simmons scored 14 points in Brooklyn’s 14-point win over the Raptors in Toronto. Recognition: AP

Durant hit his 26,074 in the third quarter. Career point and passed Kevin Garnett (26,071).

In Oklahoma City, Australia’s Josh Giddey had 12 points, four rebounds and six assists in the Thunder’s 131-126 loss to Denver in overtime.

Nikola Jokic scored 39 points, Aaron Gordon added 30, and Bruce Brown had a triple-double (17 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists) for the Nuggets.

DeMar DeRozan’s 36 points and eight assists led Chicago to a 118-113 win in Milwaukee.

The Bulls started the week with a 6-10 record but have now beaten the NBA’s top two teams and ended Boston’s nine-game winning streak on Monday.

Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic each had 18 points for the Bulls, while Giannis Antetokounmpo had 36 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for the Bucks.

In Boston, Jayson Tatum had 37 points and 13 rebounds and Jaylen Brown had 31 points to help the NBA-best Celtics (14-4) recover from a rare loss and beat Dallas 125-112.

Luka Doncic scored 42 points for the Mavericks, who had beaten the Celtics four times in a row.

However, the Slovenian couldn’t keep this one, the hosts led in the third quarter by up to 27 points.

Golden State’s Andrew Wiggins scored a game-high 31 points in the Warriors’ 124-107 home win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Donovan Mitchell scored 34 points and Jarrett Allen had a season-high 24 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 114-96 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Other winners included the Atlanta Hawks, led by Trae Young with 35 points, Charlotte Hornets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Miami Heat, New Orleans Pelicans and Detroit Pistons.

– AAP

Josh Giddey is one of the brightest young sparks in the NBA.

Josh Giddey is one of the brightest young sparks in the NBA.

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