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Sixers take care of shorthanded Brooklyn with consistent efforts from Embiid, Simmons and Harris

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NBA: Brooklyn Nets at Philadelphia 76ers Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight, the Sixers defeated the Brooklyn Nets, 124-108.

What had looked like a true measuring stick game for the Eastern Conference-leading Sixers became something less than that when Kevin Durant (health and safety protocols) and Kyrie Irving (finger) were ruled out.

Instead, the Sixers faced off against a James Harden-led Brooklyn attack.

Doc Rivers opted for assigning Danny Green to guarding Harden for most of the game, before tasking Ben Simmons with the matchup midway through the third quarter. Harden finished with 26 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds and a game-low minus-18.

The SIxers’ best players played a consistent game on both ends of the court.

Joel Embiid had 33 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals.

Ben Simmons had 16 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists and 3 steals.

Tobias Harris has 21 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals.

Seth Curry took the lid off the rim in this one, as he scored 11 points.

The Sixers move to 17-7, and their starting lineup moved to a staggering 13-0.

Next up for Philly is a meeting against the Kings in Sacramento on Tuesday night.