Sim­mons lifts Six­ers to win over brave United

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT - MATT LOGUE PHILADEL­PHIA

MEL­BOURNE United planned to am­bush their NBA ri­vals but Philadel­phia’s Aus­tralian star Ben Sim­mons shat­tered any Rocky-style suc­cess story.

In­spired by Mel­bourneborn Sim­mons, the Six­ers surged to a com­pre­hen­sive 104-84 pre-sea­son vic­tory over a gal­lant United yes­ter­day.

The reign­ing Rookie of the Year ex­pertly con­trolled pro­ceed­ings with his pin­point pass­ing as he fin­ished with a game­high 14 as­sists while he added eight points and eight re­bounds in 26 min­utes on the court.

Six­ers big man Joel Em­biid top-scored with 20 points and 10 re­bounds in a pow­er­ful 23minute stint.

Guard Markelle Fultz added 14 points while power for­ward Dario Saric had 12.

Mel­bourne may have been beaten by 20 points but they were far from dis­graced.

United stayed within 10 points of Philadel­phia for most of the match un­til the Six­ers surged in the fourth quar­ter to claim a com­fort­able win.

Mel­bourne skip­per Chris Gould­ing starred for Mel­bourne with 13 points be­fore limp­ing off late in the first half with a left an­kle in­jury af­ter cop­ping a hit from Em­biid.

The All-Star cen­tre blocked Gould­ing and cleaned him up in the process. The Boomers sharp­shooter didn’t re­turn in the sec­ond half.

Gould­ing fin­ished the match with his an­kle in a bucket of ice but he re­mained hope­ful of tak­ing on the Toronto Rap­tors on Oc­to­ber 6.

“I’ve spo­ken to the physio and I’ve had a sim­i­lar prob­lem be­fore and it is usu­ally not that much of a turn­around,” Gould­ing said.

Ben Sim­mons looks to pass against Chris Gould­ing.

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