Ben Simmons has responded to his forgettable Brooklyn debut with a strong showing as the Nets downed the Toronto Raptors 109-105 on Saturday (all times AEDT) for their first win of the season.
The Aussie star looked more engaged and in a rhythm from the start of the opening tip, with his playmaking and activeness on the glass a standout in a well-rounded showing.
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Simmons had six points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and two blocks in 32 minutes including several highlight dishes to open teammates to set up big plays.
“A step up from Ben,” coach Steve Nash said.
“From the jump he was really aggressive. He’s starting to show the player he can be.”
His performance drew praise from the basketball world on…