Ben Simmons continues his torrid pace, his latest stellar effort coming at the expense of countryman Joe Ingles.
The Philadelphia 76ers and Simmons beat the Utah Jazz 104 – 97 on the Jazz’s home court in Salt Lake City. It was the fifth consecutive win for the 76ers, who seem to have found a winning combination that has made up the ground lost as the result of a slow start to the 2017 – 2018 NBA season.
Although Ingles plays forward and Simmons is running the 76ers from the point guard position, the two went at each other for most of the night, with Simmons getting the better end of the bargain.
The rookie sensation score 16 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, dished out six assists and added three steals and three blocks to his stat line. He had a slightly off night taking care of the ball, however, committing six turnovers.
An impressive outcome of the win was that the 76ers got by without Joel Embiid. They inserted Dario Saric, who notched season-high 25-points to go along with 10 rebounds. They also got good output from J.J. Reddick, who added 20 points for Philadelphia.
It is showing early indications of a return to the Doctor J era, when the 76ers were a perennial powerhouse carried on the back of all-time great Julius Irving.
After the game, Simmons seemed more concerned with the negatives than he was with the positives, saying, “That’s probably the worst game, individually, I’ve played, since I’ve been in the league. Too many turnovers. Missed shots, defensive missed opportunities, but we still won, so I’m happy.We (had to) keep coming out aggressive, playing defence. That’s what we did. I think we played well overall.”
Rookie he may be, but Simmons apparently has already gained quite a bit of mastery of the language of sports speak.
Happy he should be, as should Philadelphia supporters, as this is the first time they have managed to produce five straight wins in five seasons.