Philadelphia 76 was in a difficult place on the road. They had left a 17-point lead to disappear and were in overtime with a meager San Antonio Spurs team that would not give up, despite missing four of their key figures.
The Sixers and Spurs drew 111 at the end of the first overtime session and Philadelphia drew for Joel Embiid. The big man made his move and he looked well, but he ran off the rim before Ben Simmons came in to bring him home to the buzzer and lead Philadelphia to a 113-111 victory.
The win climbed the Sixers back to first place in the East, as they are now halfway ahead of the Brooklyn Nets and helped them avoid a monumental collapse.
“It was more of a relief because we knew we were playing ourselves in the position we were playing ourselves,”
This is definitely a feeling of relief. After rising 17 points against a team that is missing three starters and a key figure on the bench, this should be an easy victory for a team like Sixers. Instead, they had to fight and claw just to come out victorious.
Embiid had a good appearance, but fortunately Simmons was there in the case of a pass.
“I knew Joe would look good,” Simmons said. “We believe him in these pictures, so I was there to clear it.”
After the tip, Simmons’ final stats will be five points, five assists and six rebounds, but his impact has been more than that. He brought two huge charges from Spurs striker Keldon Johnson, which kept Philadelphia under control.
“I thought those two charges were the biggest in the game,” Rivers said. “Two good plays, getting there, one of the things we talked about and needed to improve was the help of our short man. Do it, it was phenomenal. ”
That’s what Philadelphia is talking to Simmons. His static line always denies his real impact on the game. The two charges he withdrew were huge for the Sixers to come out with the win.
“He did great plays,” Seth Curry said. “He did a lot of things on the floor, a lot of different things to influence the game, and he did two huge plays for us downstairs. Then obviously, making a playoff of a play that is not for him, and continues to stick to it. It was good to get out of there instead of going to another overtime. “
It was important to put an end to it when they did. Philadelphia has another on Monday against the Chicago Bulls.
“I just wanted to get on a plane to Chicago,” Simmons smiled. “I just did what I could wherever I could, with my team in defense and offensive. I’m just trying to make the right plays. “
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