NEW YORK — Brooklyn Nets swingman Ben Simmons is out for the rest of Monday night’s game against the Orlando Magic because of left knee soreness.

Simmons, who has missed six games already this season because of the same injury, exited in the second quarter. Since returning to the floor after missing a Nov. 13 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, Simmons has played his best basketball of the season — averaging 10.5 points, 7 rebounds and 5.2 assists during the month of November.

Simmons finished Monday’s game with zero points, four rebounds and three assists in 12 minutes.

The Nets are already playing without big man Yuta Watanabe, who remains out because of a right hamstring strain. Nets coach Jacque Vaughn said before the game that Watanabe had another MRI on his hamstring on Monday but that the results haven’t returned yet.

Brooklyn entered the game having won four of its previous six games.

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Ben Simmons (knee) leaves Nets’ game vs. Magic in first half