Jared Dudley-Ben Simmons beef boils over as Sixers top Nets in Game 4

Brooklyn Nets veteran Jared Dudley and Philadelphia 76ers youngster Ben Simmons have been throwing jabs at each other — metaphorically speaking — in the media all week.

Those jabs manifested themselves on the court on Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn, making for a very entertaining Game 4 of the series that resulted in the 76ers grabbing a slight 112-108 win.

What happened in Game 4?

While the feud was built up in the first three games of the series, the pettiness continued in full force on Saturday afternoon.

After nailing a three, Dudley made the same gesture as Simmons when he missed the game before. Later in the game, the two were getting visibly more aggressive with each other.

Finally, it boiled over.

After Embiid fouled Nets forward Jared Allen from behind midway through the third quarter — similar to how he fouled Allen in Game 2 of the series — Dudley came sprinting from behind to shove Embiid. Suddenly, both teams wound up in a scuffle that fell into the stands.

When the whole thing was said and done, Dudley and 76ers guard Jimmy Butler were ejected from the game.

Butler finished with 11 points and four rebounds when he was ejected, and Dudley left with eight.

Embiid, though, seemed unbothered by the incident after the game.

“I mean, first of all, he’s a nobody,” Embiid said after the game. “When an opponent is trying to do something like that, that’s just to get us out of the game. I’m too valuable for my team. That’s why I didn’t react. I did not do anything.”

Brooklyn Nets' Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24), Caris LeVert (22) and D'Angelo Russell (1) react to a dunk by Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons (25) during the second half in Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Thursday, April 18, 2019, in New York. The 76ers won 131-115. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

76ers escape with win

Though tempers flared earlier in the contest, the Nets mounted a seven point lead midway through the fourth quarter and seemed poised to even the series.

Yet a quick 8-0 run by Embiid brought Philadelphia back into control of the game. Then, thanks to a pair of critical 3-pointers from J.J. Redick and Mike Scott, the 76ers rolled to the four-point win at the Barclays Center.

Embiid led the 76ers with 31 points and 16 rebounds in the win. Tobais Harris added 24 points, and Simmons finished with 15. Caris LeVert led the Nets with 25 points, while both D’Angelo Russell and Jarrett Allen finished with 21 points each.

The Nets now trail the 76ers 3-1 in the series ahead of Game 5 on Tuesday night.

How did this random rivalry start?

In Game 1 of the Nets-76ers opening round playoff series, the 33-year-old Dudley held 22-year-old Simmons to just two points on 1-of-5 attempts. Dudley sat out Game 2 as he recovered from a calf strain, while Simmons posted a triple-double.

In a practice the day after the game, Dudley fired the first shot at Simmons: “Ben is a great player in transition,” he said. “And once you get him into half court, he’s average.”

He also said that Simmons is key to the Sixers’ offense, but that may have been too little, too late.

Of course, the All-Star Simmons was asked about Dudley’s comments, to which he flippantly responded, “That’s coming from Jared Dudley.”

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BOSTON, MA - MAY 9: Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers takes a shot over Marcus Morris #13 of the Boston Celtics during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Second Round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden on May 9, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 9: Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers talks to the media after the game against the Boston Celtics in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs on May 9, 2018 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 9: Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers handles the ball against the Boston Celtics during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs on May 9, 2018 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 7: T.J. McConnell #12 of the Philadelphia 76ers talks to Ben Simmons #25 and Joel Embiid #21 in the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Second Round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center on May 7, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 76ers defeated the Celtics 103-92. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 07: Philadelphia 76ers Guard Ben Simmons (25) looks on during warmups before the Eastern Conference Semifinal Game between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers on May 07, 2018 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 7: Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers warms up before Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Boston Celtics during the 2018 NBA Playoffs on May 7, 2018 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - May 5: Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers shoots the ball against the Boston Celtics during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semi Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs on May 5, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - May 3: Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers talks with the media following Game Two of Round Two of the 2018 NBA Playoffs against the Boston Celtics on May 3, 2018 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 3: Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers dribbles against the Boston Celtics during the second quarter of Game Two of the Eastern Conference Second Round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden on May 3, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 30: Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers defends Shane Larkin #8 of the Boston Celtics during the second half of Game One in Round Two of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden on April 30, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeat the 76ers 117-101. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 28: Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers handles the ball against the Boston Celtics in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs on April 30, 2018 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
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