Simmons carried the Sixers to 2-1 series lead over Nets without Embiid

Ben Simmons (left) and Tobias Harris (right)

The Philadelphia 76ers went to Brooklyn for the Game 3 of their first round match-up with the Nets without their most important player, Joel Embiid. He was ruled out with a knee injury and probably will play on Game 4.

But it became a surprise for the Nets and the Brooklyn's crowd after they got defeated in a 131-115 victory by Embiid-less Sixers as Ben Simmons recorded his playoff career-high to push them to 2-1 series lead. He scored game-high 31 points on 11-of-13 shooting, dished out nine assists, to go with with four rebounds, two steals, and 3 blocks.

Tobias Harris came strong as he drilled perfect 6-of-6 3-pointers who finished with 29 points along with 16 rebounds in 11-of-19 shooting. JJ Redick also contributed as he had 26 points and two assists in 34 minutes while Jimmy Butler racked up 16 points and 7 assists.

Their two bigs, Greg Monroe and Boban Marjanovic, both contributed in replace for injured Embiid. Monroe started for the Sixers and tallied 9 points and 13 rebounds while Marjanovic added 14 points with eight rebounds off the bench.

D'Angelo Russell and Caris Levert both scored 26 points for the Nets, but it's not enough to overcome the big game coming from the Sixer's starters. The lack of firepower from the supporting cast cost them a game. They will try to tie the series, again at Brooklyn, in Game 4 of this series.