Simmons lifts Sixers to win over brave United
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.