Sim­mons the star again

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT -

BEN Sim­mons and his Philadel­phia 76ers have held off the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers in a thriller to achieve what the young Aus­tralian de­scribed as the team’s best win of the year.

The 76ers fought back from a six-point deficit in the final min­utes to win 109-105 in LA.

The 21-year-old from Mel­bourne achieved his eighth dou­ble-dou­ble in just his first 13 games in the NBA, a feat that has him on the path to be­come Aus­tralia’s first bas­ket­ball su­per­star.

“I thought he was dom­i­nant tonight,” 76ers coach Brett Brown, said. The 76ers, the NBA’s worst team in re­cent years, were ju­bi­lant in their locker room in Sta­ples Cen­tre in down­town LA af­ter the win.

The vic­tory raises their sea­son record to seven wins and six losses. They have the sev­enth best record in the East­ern Con­fer­ence. “It was big,” Sim­mons, said of the win. “We needed to get back on track. “I’d say it is the best one so far.” The 76ers were on the fourth game of their five-stop west coast road trip and had lost con­sec­u­tive games to the Sacra­mento Kings and Golden State War­riors. Sim­mons had 22 points, 12 re­bounds and four as­sists against the Clip­pers.

76ers cen­tre Joel Em­biid, with 32 points and 16 re­bounds, won the bat­tle with Clip­pers Al­lS­tar big man DeAn­dre Jor­dan.

76ers for­ward Robert Cov­ing­ton also came up big with 31 points, in­clud­ing a late three­p­ointer.

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