Simons didn't shoot well but had the best floor game of his career in guiding the Blazers to a stunning upset win over Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and the Nets, who came into the game 14-3 on the road.
Without Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum or Norman Powell in the lineup, Simons got help from Robert Covington (21 points) and Ben McLemore (17 points) to hold off a late charge and give Portland its third win in the last five games.
Did someone say tanking? This was the most entertaining win, unexpected win of the season.
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