Ben Simmons Scores On A Winner As Philadelphia Defeats San Antonio
Ben Simmons scored on a game-winning tip-in as the Philadelphia 76ers defeated San Antonio Spurs in overtime, 113-111, in the 2020-2021 NBA Season on Sunday night (Monday in the Philippines) at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.
Struggling on offense the entire game, Simmons was at the right place at the right time as he scored from a missed shot attempt by Joel Embiid at the buzzer to clinch the win for the 76ers.
Simmons finished the match with five points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals as the 76ers regained the solo first place in the Eastern Conference standings with 43-21 slate.
Brooklyn Nets went down to second place in the East at 43-22 following their close 117-114 defeat at the hands of conference’s no.3 ranked team Milwaukee Bucks (40-24).
Embiid was the high point man for the 76ers with 34 points and 12 rebounds, Seth Curry added 22 markers, while Dwight Howard finished with double-double 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Lonnie Walker IV tallied 23 points, Keldon Johnson added 19 markers, while Rudy Gay had double-double 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Spurs fell to 31-32 with the defeat.
Sacramento Kings (27-37), meanwhile, renewed its mastery over Dallas Mavericks (36-28) with a 111-99 beating to remain within striking distance from the Western Conference playoffs race.
Buddy Hield top-scored with 27 points, Marvin Bagley III added 23 points and nine rebounds, while Richaum Holmes contributed 17 points for the injury-hit Kings.
Phoenix Suns (46-18), meanwhile, reclaim a share of the top spot in the Western Conference after escaping with a 123-120 victory over cellar-dwelling Oklahoma City Thunder (21-44).
In other results, Portland Trail Blazers prevailed over Boston Celtics, 129-119; New York Knicks manhandled Houston Rockets, 122-97; and Miami Heat turned back Charlotte Hornets, 121-111.