‘Defying logic’: Simmons stomps on NY
Ben Simmons has produced the first 20 point, 20 rebound game by an NBA guard in 29 years as he stuffed the stat sheet in Philadephia's 108-105 victory over the New York Knicks.
Not since Fat Lever had a 20-20 for the Denver Nuggets in 1990 has a guard produced such a stat line in the NBA and the performance is further evidence of Simmons continuing development as he pushes to be the first Australian to make the NBA All-Star game.
Simmons finished the win one assist short of an eighth triple-double of the season with 20 points and 22 rebounds as Joel Embiid scored 26 points.
New York's Emmanuel Mudiay missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have sent the game to overtime.
JJ Reddick had 22 points for the 76ers, who ended a two-game skid. Philadelphia survived a scare after leading by as many as 24 points late in the second quarter before New York charged back with a strong third period and closed the gap to 83-82.
The 76ers recovered to start the fourth quarter and went on an 11-0 run capped by Jimmy Butler's driving layup that extended the lead to 94-82 with 6:22 left.
Embiid hit a free throw that extended Philadelphia's lead to 108-103 with 9.3 seconds to go but then made the mistake of fouling New York's Damyean Dotson on a 3-point attempt.
Dotson hit two of three free throws, cutting the deficit to 108-105. Mudiay grabbed the rebound and ran behind the 3-point line before his last second heave fell short.
It was Philadelphia's seventh straight win over the Knicks.
Kevin Knox scored 31 points for the New York, who have lost four straight and 19 of their last 22.
- with AAP