Ebene News – AU – Simmons takes 76ers victory in NBA OT

Ben Simmons made a tip-in winning buzzer in overtime as the Philadelphia 76ers outlived San Antonio shorthanded Spurs 113-111 in a wild NBA game

Joel Embiid scored 34 points and took 12 rebounds and it was his jump shot on the missed turnaround with time expiring that Simmons flipped to finally bring the Sixers over the line

Philadelphia (43-21) was never left behind, reaching up to 17 points in the first quarter, but was forced to grind when San Antonio tied the game at 107-all at the end of the fourth period

Points were at a premium in the extra five minutes, with Embiid’s four points all coming from free throws before Simmons’ heroism froze a fourth straight win for the Eastern Conference leaders of Philadelphia (43-21)

Simmons finished with just five points on 2 of 6 shots – one point less than compatriot Aussie Patty Mills contributed for Spurs, who are clinging to 10th in the West and a place in the play-ins

Sunday’s game in San Antonio marked the start of five games in seven days for Philadelphia

Even though Spurs were missing four starters, Sixers coach Doc Rivers chose not to let anyone rest

“Obviously we have a plan for what we want to do, so we’re going to follow it,” he said.

“We’re not going to look at the leaderboard or anything like that to decide what we’re going to do; I can say that”

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Reigning two-time NBA MVP Antetokounmpo had 21 of 36 points from the field, including a 4-for-8 three-point performance, to finish three points short of his career high

The Bucks (40-24) won for the third time in four games to get closer to their fellow Eastern Conference contenders, who are second

James Harden missed his 14th game in a row with a right thigh injury while Kevin Durant’s 42 points led the Nets – although he missed a difficult three-point pointer to the buzzer for the win

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Ebene News – AU – Simmons clinches 76ers victory in NBA OT

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