GRADES: Philadelphia 76ers 117, Brooklyn Nets 111

Ben Simmons | Philadelphia 76ers (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
Ben Simmons | Philadelphia 76ers (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Ben  Simmons’ historic afternoon leads the Philadelphia 76ers to victory.

Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers shined in a come-back win against the Nets in Brooklyn.

The tenacity the squad has been showing on defense is impressive with the size this team has, with or without star center Joel Embiid. Furkan Korkmaz continues to contribute off the bench, with 10 points and a pivotal three-pointer to seal the game.

Even Horford, who has struggled of late, bounced back in an intense divisional matinee.

A+. <strong>42 mins | 34 pts | 12 reb | 12 ast | 5 stl | 2 blk | 3 TO | 12-14 FG | 0-0 3PT| 10-14 FT | 3 PF | +13</strong><p>Ben arguably had the best game of his career in this midday matchup between the Sixers and the Nets. His offense was aggressive, as he not only had 34 points, but trusted himself at the free throw line, going 10-for-14. If he can continue to be this determined while keeping up his defensive level of play, the Eastern Conference could be in trouble. On top of his strong performance, the NBA announced Simmons as the reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Week.</p>. PG. Philadelphia 76ers. BEN SIMMONS

<strong>26 mins | 19 pts | 6 reb | 2 ast | 0 stl | 2 blk | 1 TO | 9-15 FG | 1-3 3PT| 0-0 FT | 3 PF | +3</strong><p>Horford finally stepped up after much concern about his level of play since the Embiid absence. Not only did he drop 19 points, but he also had a big three in the final stretch to help seal a 76ers win. He needs to thrive in the offense like this on a more consistent basis. Hopefully, he can move forward with some momentum for the next game against Toronto.</p>. C. Philadelphia 76ers. AL HORFORD. A-

B+. <strong>34 mins | 15 pts | 6 reb | 0 ast | 1 stl | 1 blk | 0 TO | 5-17 FG | 3-10 3PT| 2-2 FT | 3 PF | -7</strong><p>Tobias continues to be a staple of this Sixers offense. He has been solid offensively all year, and you can count on consistency like this almost any given night. He needs to develop a more consistent three-point stroke, but other than that, Tobi has been a great leader for this offense and continues to contribute game in and game out.</p>. PF. Philadelphia 76ers. TOBIAS HARRIS

JOSH RICHARDSON. B-. <strong>32 mins | 15 pts | 2 reb | 4 ast | 1 stl | 0 blk | 1 TO | 6-12 FG | 1-2 3PT| 2-2 FT | 2 PF | -10 </strong><p>Richardson has been a solid piece for the Sixers, but he needs to have more games like this to show he can score at will, like he was expected to when acquired from Miami. He can put up this kind of offensive effort every night, if not better. To really solidify his offensive role, this needs to be the type of game Richardson has more often, not just big games here and there.</p>. SG. Philadelphia 76ers

B-. <strong>24 mins | 10 pts | 2 reb | 3 ast | 0 stl | 0 blk | 1 TO | 3-11 FG | 3-8 3PT| 1-2 FT | 2 PF | +16 </strong><p>Furkan continues to surprise Sixers fans off the bench with solid efforts to make him a vital part of this rotation. With the trade deadline quickly approaching, Korkmaz has given Brett Brown an unexpected piece who continues to grow game-by-game. With his impact, the pressure to panic for another shooter is less likely, which could lead to a buyout candidate, rather than a trade. We can only hope he continues to grow in Brett Brown’s offense.</p>. SG. Philadelphia 76ers. FURKAN KORKMAZ

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The Sixers’ next game is Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 7:00PM E.T. in Toronto.