Ben Simmons insisted his return to Philadelphia went well and that he wasn't really bothered by the "F--- Ben Simmons" chants. On Tuesday night, Simmons played his first game in Philadelphia since being traded to the Brooklyn Nets.
Simmons nearly had a triple-double as he scored 11 points, dished out 11 assists and grabbed seven rebounds. Unfortunately for Simmons, his performance wasn't good enough for the Nets to beat the 76ers as Philadelphia won 115-106.
"I feel like I'm in a good place. I'm happy, I'm doing what I love. So to be out there and have that experience was amazing. Obviously it wasn't the result we wanted. It's frustrating to lose a game like that, but I think it's a good step forward," Simmons said after the game, per ESPN.
Simmons on the 76ers fans booing him
"I thought it was going to be louder," Simmons said. Meanwhile, Kevin Durant praised Simmons for how he handled himself in Philadelphia. "There's a lot of emotions.
You just want to play well. We know the fans are going to be involved and get excited -- not get excited, but just bring their best. But that's in every arena. Everybody wants to see our team fail. Nobody likes Ben, nobody likes Ky, nobody likes myself, so it might be like that at every road arena.
So it's just something we got to deal with. But I thought [Simmons] did a great job of just handling it and playing his game, and we had chances to win, but we just didn't," Durant said of Simmons. The Nets entered the game as the big favorites to beat the 76ers since Philadelphia was without its three starters - Joel Embiid, James Harden and Tyrese Maxey. But the Nets didn't manage to take the advantage of the 76ers being hampered by injuries and to claim the win.