Ben Simmons will play for Australia at the next Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020. The former Junior from Knox Raiders and Whitefriars College in Melbourne’s leafy Eastern Suburbs was last year’s Rookie of the Year (2018). As is often the case, awards bring greater scrutiny . The scribes are now questioning his ability to shoot 3 pointers.
Here’s the latest 76’s Game report.
Simmons still gun shy from 3-point range as 76ers maintain unbeaten record at home
With Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons slightly subdued it was up to Philadelphia’s other NBA gun, Tobias Harris, to fire them past Utah 103-94 with 26 points and nine rebounds.
Power forward Al Horford also added 17 points and eight rebounds for the 76ers.
Embiid contributed 16 points and 11 rebounds while Simmons had 14 points, nine assists, eight rebounds and four steals for the Sixers, who improved to a league-best 10-0 at home.
It was their fourth straight win.
The Jazz whittled down a 26-point deficit to close within 101-94 in the final minute before Embiid sank two free throws with 41.3 seconds left.
Rudy Gobert paced the Jazz with a season-high 27 points to go with 12 rebounds while Joe Ingles had 13 points, eight assists and eight rebounds.
Giannis Antetokounmpo needed only 14 minutes to record another double-double, finishing with 29 points and 15 rebounds as Milwaukee won their 12th straight game in a 132-88 rout of the New York Knicks.
The Bucks (18-3) led by as many as 47 and cruised behind Antetokounmpo, who pulled down his 10th rebound in the second quarter for his NBA-leading 20th double-double.
The reigning MVP shot 10 of 14 from the field, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range, in 22 minutes. He exited with five minutes left in the third quarter and the Bucks ahead 93-54.
Milwaukee’s winning streak is the longest this NBA this season and the franchise’s longest since 1981-82.
Trae Young scored 24 points, rookie De’Andre Hunter added 18 and Atlanta snapped a 10-game losing streak with a 104-79 win over Golden State in a match-up of teams with the worst records in the NBA.
The Warriors (4-18) finished with a season low in points.
Golden State dressed just nine players, even with centre Kevon Looney returning to action after missing 19 games with a nerve condition.
Rookie Eric Paschall led the Warriors with 24 points but his teammates combined to shoot 24 of 72 and the they were slowed by 25 turnovers, which the Hawks converted into 25 points.
Kelly Oubre Jr scored 23 points, including two clutch 3-pointers in the final minute that lifted Phoenix over Charlotte 109-104.
Devin Booker added 23 points and Dario Saric had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Suns, who snapped a three-game skid.
Seven Indiana players scored in double figures and Domantas Sabonis flirted with a triple-double as the visiting Pacers beat Memphis 117-104.
Sacramento managed to take three quarters off Chicago but lose 113-106 after letting the second period slide 33-21.
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