The message from the Brooklyn Nets had always been simple — just give Ben Simmons time.
It had not always been that simple though, with Kyrie Irving suspended and Brooklyn desperately in need of the Simmons of old to emerge.
But with Irving back in the line-up on Monday Simmons put on a show in his best performance as a Net, scoring 22 points in a 127-115 win.
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The Australian also had five assists and eight rebounds to make a difference on both ends of the floor and prove just how valuable he can be in Brooklyn’s potential title tilt.
Kevin Durant was stellar as usual with a team-high 26 points, seven assists and seven rebounds, and Irving — after an eight-game suspension without pay — had 14 points and…