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Simmons triple-double in LeBron showdown

08 April, 2018, 01:34 | Author: Lula Armstrong
  • Washington Wizards John Wall gestures behind Boston Celtics Marcus Smart during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston Monday Dec. 25 2017. The Wizards won 111-103

After a 132-130 win that went down to the wire and saw his Philadelphia 76ers surpass the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA's Eastern Conference standings Friday, Philadelphia's Ben Simmons used his Instagram account to show respect to the man widely regarded as the NBA's best player.

With a buzz in the city over the Sixers that hasn't been felt since the pre-Process days, they romped to a 30-point lead in the first half and scored 78 points at the break. However, James' greatness shined through and he was able to get enough help for the win. James shot 17-of-29 on the night.

Ben Simmons No. 25 of the Philadelphia 76ers dunks the ball past LeBron James No. 23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second quarter at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. And a recent report from Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer says LeBron is only considering four teams this summer - the Cavaliers, Lakers, Rockets, and 76ers.

"This was big, beating a team like that without an all-star", said Melbourne's Simmons, referring to the loss of Joel Embiid who is out with an injury. "We are playing well". James went for 35 of his points between the third and fourth periods, and, after drawing a foul in 3-point territory, toed the foul line with an opportunity to tie the game with 1.9 seconds to play.

The Cavs were without their top two point guards - George Hill and Jose Calderon - and starting forward Rodney Hood didn't play in the second half due to a sore Achilles tendon.

James sunk his first free throw, but was off the mark on his second.


Larry Nance then botched a tip-in right before the buzzer, as the Philadelphia won its biggest game in five years.

Now, that is how a team stages a comeback in a key Eastern Conference game late in the regular season. "But when I turn the corner and get downhill, I don't get the same calls when people put hands on me, or contact with me", Wall said after the game.

Their 132 points established a team floor record.

Greg Monroe came off the bench and had 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, as the Boston Celtics defeated the Chicago Bulls 111-104. MVP'ish (every season is more or less of that caliber for him), with 27.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 9.2 assists per game, when he's 33, playing nearly 38 minutes a night and carrying a team on his shoulders. Jaylen Brown finished with a career-high 32 points.

With Al Horford and Jayson Tatum given the night off to rest, Boston went deep into its bench against a Chicago team that's one of the worst in the National Basketball Association.

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