76ers vs. Nets live score, updates, highlights, result from Ben Simmons’ return to Philadelphia

The 76ers host Ben Simmons and the Nets in what should be another entertaining return game for Philadelphia’s former No. 1 overall pick.

Although Simmons has already gotten his first return to Philly out of the way, this contest could have another element compared to the last one. When Simmons played his first game at the Wells Fargo Center as an opponent back in November, his former co-star, Joel Embiid, was sidelined due to injury.

Embiid missed the 76ers’ game against the Kings on Saturday due to left foot soreness and the All-Star big man is listed as questionable for Wednesday’s game against the Nets.

Even without Embiid last time, the 76ers still defeated a full-strength Nets squad that had yet to turn a corner at that point in the season. Brooklyn has since discovered a new identity defensively but is trying to stay afloat while superstar forward Kevin Durant recovers from a knee injury.

The 76ers have been one of the hottest teams in the NBA as of late, winning 10 of their last 12 to take over the No. 2 seed in the East. Will they keep rolling and take down the Nets? Or will Simmons avenge the Nets’ loss the last time he returned to Philadelphia?

The Sporting News has you covered with live updates, highlights and more from the game.

76ers vs. Nets score

1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q Final
76ers 41 34
Nets 41 24

76ers vs. Nets updates, highlights from Ben Simmons’ return to Philadelphia

Third quarter:

9:19 p.m. — Nic Claxton’s aggressiveness in the paint has been huge for the Nets. He’s got 20 points and nine rebounds.

9:14 p.m. — Simmons had the last six points for the Nets, burying two free throws and then following it up with another bucket inside. Can he get going and spark the Nets in the second half?

9:13 p.m. — Ben Simmons is on the board, connecting on the jump hook. 76ers lead 80-71.

9:11 p.m. — Allen Iverson is in the house

Halftime: 76ers 75, Nets 65

The 76ers took a double-digit lead into the break, with three players in double figures. Maxey has 16, while Embiid and Melton have 13 apiece.

8:40 p.m. — Embiid is in a good mood in Philly.

8:39 p.m. — Embiid checks back into the game to a loud ovation. Simmons joins him with another loud chorus of boos from the home fans.

8:37 pm — Things are getting chippy again as Kyrie Irving and Montrezl Harrell get into it, with the 76ers big man being assessed a technical.

8:33 pm — Maxey is lighting it up! He drains the stepback triple for his third 3 of the period. He heads back to the bench with 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting in just 10 minutes. 76ers lead 61-52.

8:32 p.m. — The 76ers are out and running in Q2.

8:30 p.m. — The 76ers’ second unit lineup is giving the Nets problems early in the second, with Tyrese Maxy and Montrezl Harrell getting busy.

End of first quarter: 76ers 41, Nets 41

We’re all square after an entertaining first quarter. This is the first game this season where both teams have scored 40 points in the first quarter.

Melton leads the 76ers with 11 points, while Kyrie Irving and Seth Curry have 10 points apiece for the Nets.

Ben Simmons is scoreless after 12 minutes and is yet to attempt a field goal, recording two assists and one rebound.

8:13 p.m. — Claxton and Embiid having a heated conversation, with the officials assessing a double technical.

8:12 p.m. — NIC CLAXTON!!!! The Nets big man sends Embiid’s shot packing.

8:11 p.m. — The Nets took their first lead of the game behind an 8-0 run. Nets lead 32-30.

8:05 p.m. — Kyrie Irving takes a hard fall, slipping on the floor as he drives to the basket. After standing down for a moment, he’s back on his feet.

8:00 p.m. — De’Anthony Melton keeping the 76ers in front with another triple! He’s 3-for-3 in Q1.

7:50 p.m. — All four field goals from the 76ers have come from beyond the arc, while connecting on a perfect 7-of-7 at the free throw line. 76ers lead 19-10.

7:48 pm — The Philly crowd reigning down the boos on Ben Simmons after he fouls Joel Embiid.

7:45 p.m. — Kyrie Irving getting it going early.

7:40 p.m. — And we’re underway in Philly. De’Anthony Melton buried the 3-pointer for the first bucket of the game.

Pregame

7:08 pm — Sixers starters: James Harden, De’Anthony Melton, Tobias Harris, PJ Tucker, and Joel Embiid.

7:04 p.m. — Nets starters: Ben Simmons, Kyrie Irving, Joe Harris, Royce O’Neale, and Nic Claxton.

7:00 pm — Ben Simmons in the building.

6:45 p.m. — Check in with Tyrese Maxey on the 76ers looking to extend their five-game winning streak.

What channel is 76ers vs. Nets on?

  • Date: Wednesday, Jan. 25
  • TV channel: ESPN
  • Live streaming: Sling TV

76ers vs. Nets will air on ESPN. Viewers can also stream the game on Sling TV.

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76ers vs. Nets start time

  • Date: Wednesday, Jan. 25
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. ET | 4:30 p.m. PT

76ers vs. Nets will tip off around 7:30 pm ET on Wednesday, Jan. 25. The game will be played at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

76ers schedule 2022-23

Here are Philadelphia’s next five games of the 2022-23 regular season:

Date Opponent Time (ET) TV channels
Jan. 25 vs. Nets 7:30 p.m ESPN
Jan. 28 vs. Nuggets 3 p.m ABC
Jan. 30 vs. Magic 7 p.m
February 1 vs. Magic 7 p.m
February 3 at Spurs 8 p.m

Nets schedule 2022-23

Here are Brooklyn’s next five games of the 2022-23 regular season:

Date Opponent Time (ET) TV channels
Jan. 25 at 76ers 7:30 p.m ESPN
Jan. 26 vs. Pistons 7:30 p.m
Jan. 28 vs. Knicks 5:30 p.m ABC
Jan. 30 vs. Lakers 7:30 p.m NBA TV
February 1 at the Celtics 7:30 p.m ESPN

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