Australia’s Ben Simmons and Aron Baynes have had day’s to forget in the NBA.
Simmons’ Philadelphia 76ers were beaten 119-104 by lowly Detroit Pistons, while compatriot Baynes’ Toronto Raptors suffered a 129-114 loss to Indiana Pacers.
Simmons had 11 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals as the Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia (12-6) heavily missed the presence of Joel Embiid on Monday. The Sixers star was ruled out with back tightness.
Delon Wright scored a career-high 28 points and Jerami Grant had 25 for Detroit (4-13), who still have the NBA’s worst record. The Pistons never trailed in the match, bouncing back from a 114-110 loss to the 76ers on Saturday.
Tobias Harris led Philadelphia with 25 points.
In Indianapolis, Baynes had nine points, two rebounds and a block as Toronto dropped to 7-10 following their 15-point defeat to the Pacers.
Malcolm Brogdon scored 19 of his 36 points in the second half and Indiana out-scored the Raptors 31-17 in the final quarter to go fourth in the Eastern Conference (10-7).
Jeremy Lamb added 22 points off the bench for the hosts, while Myles Turner had 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Fred VanVleet led the Raptors with 25 points and six rebounds, while Norman Powell scored 24 points.
The teams split the two-game set after Toronto won on Sunday. The Pacers had lost their four previous games against the Raptors.
At Barclays Center in New York, James Harden scored 10 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter while Kevin Durant added 20 and Kyrie Irving 16 to lead Brooklyn Nets to a 98-85 victory over Miami Heat.
And Nikola Vucevic had a double-double (28 points, 12 rebounds) to steer Orlando Magic to a 117-108 triumph at home to Charlotte Hornets.