Sim­mons notches 6th triple-dou­ble as Six­ers beat Mavs

Centre Daily Times (Sunday) - - Sports - BY KEITH POM­PEY Philadel­phia In­quirer and Daily News

The un­der­manned 76ers once again held off an un­der­whelm­ing op­po­nent.

This time, it was a 106100 vic­tory Sat­ur­day night over the Dal­las Mav­er­icks at Wells Fargo Cen­ter. The Six­ers saw their com­mand­ing 19-point, fourth-quar­ter lead shrink to four points with 50 sec­onds re­main­ing.

How­ever, Joel Em­biid and Furkan Kork­maz com­bined to make four foul shots down the stretch as they held on to their six­point vic­tory.

Em­biid fin­ished with a game-high 25 points and Ben Sim­mons notched his sixth triple-dou­ble as the Six­ers (26-14) ex­tended their win­ning streak to three games.

Mean­while, the Mav­er­icks (18-21) have lost three of their last four games. They also dropped to a league-worst 3-18 road record.

The Six­ers were with­out swing­man Jimmy But­ler and power for­ward Wil­son Chan­dler for the sec­ond straight game. Both play­ers are side­lined with up­per res­pi­ra­tory in­fec­tion.

As a re­sult, swing­man Kork­maz and power for­ward Jonah Bolden, once again, joined Em­biid, Sim­mons and JJ Redick in the start­ing lineup.

Sim­mons fin­ished with 20 points, 14 re­bounds and 11 as­sists. He se­cured the triple-dou­ble when he grabbed an of­fen­sive re­bound with 3 min­utes, 30 sec­onds left in the third quar­ter. That was his 10th re­bound to go with 16 points and 11 as­sists at that point.

This marked the 2017-18 rookie of the year’s fourth triple-dou­ble in a span of 10 games. His sixth triple­dou­bles rank sec­ond in the NBA. Ok­la­homa City Thun­der point guard Rus­sell West­brook has 11.

In ad­di­tion to his game­high points, Em­biid had 12 re­bounds for his leaguebest 34th dou­ble-dou­ble of the sea­son. The All-Star cen­ter also had five as­sists and one block. Mean­while, JJ Redick had 20 points, while Bolden had ca­reer high of 11 points, three as­sists and two blocks to go with a ca­reer-high ty­ing nine re­bounds.

Wes­ley Matthews paced Dal­las with 18 points.

Rookie guard Luka Don­cic added 14 points while mak­ing just 4 of 16 shots. For­mer Vil­lanova stand­out Jalen Brun­son, an­other rookie, had 13 points off the bench.

On Wednes­day, the Six­ers had a com­mand­ing 30-point lead be­fore es­cap­ing with a 132-127 road vic­tory over the Phoenix Suns. Philadel­phia will host Wash­ing­ton on Tues­day night.

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