Ben Simmons shines as Nets thump Bucks in first preseason victory

The Nets beat Giannis Antetokounpo's Milwaukee Bucks 107-97 on Wednesday.

Cam Thomas, a second-year guard, got some playing time in lieu of Curry.

Simmons' performance in both games was very strong since he had a 470-day break.

Irving scored 23 points to lead the Nets and hit four threes; Durant scored 19 points on 7-of-17 shooting.

If the Nets have any hopes of making a long playoff run, games like Wednesday's will become more focused on Simmons.

Since Simmons has arrived, Harden has been an afterthought, while Simmons has taken his place as the future.

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