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Simmons scores 34 to lead 76ers past Cavs

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PHILADELPH­IA -- Ben Simmons hit another 3-pointer, and his coach wants him to keep on firing.

Simmons hit his second career 3 and scored a careerhigh 34 points, and the Philadelph­ia 76ers didn’t need Joel Embiid’s help to rout the Cleveland Cavaliers 141-94 Saturday night.

Simmons made 12 of 14 field goals, including his only 3-point attempt, and hit 9 of 12 free throws in 26 minutes to help Philadelph­ia improve to 11-0 at home.

“I was locked in,’’ Simmons said. Simmons’ jump shot - or lack thereof - has been a hot topic in Philadelph­ia. He entered the season 0 for 17 from long range.

Coach Brett Brown has repeatedly said shooting is a part of Simmons’ game that will develop with time. After Saturday’s performanc­e, Brown publicly upped the ante and called for more from his All-Star point guard.

“This is what I want,’’ Brown said. “I want a 3-point shot per game, minimum . ... He will be liberated. His world will open up and, in many ways, so will ours.’’

Embiid sat out with a left hip contusion.

Darius Garland had 17 points for the Cavaliers, who have lost six in a row and 12 of 13.

“They were going downhill on us all day long,’’ Cavaliers

coach John Beilein said.

Philadelph­ia has been projected to be an NBA title contender, but the 76ers haven’t been able to consistent­ly field its starting five of Simmons, Embiid, Josh Richardson, Tobias Harris and Al Horford. They have only started nine games together due to injuries and Embiid’s two-game suspension for fighting Minnesota’s KarlAnthon­y Towns.

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