Ben Simmons had 22 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists for his third triple-double of the season as the Philadelphia 76ers routed the Cleveland Cavaliers 128-105 on Monday (AEDT).
The Aussie made 9/15 shots, 4/5 free throws and had a game-high plus-minus of +23 — but it was when he was made aware of his zero turnovers the point guard’s eyes lit up.
“Wow,” Simmons said. “I’m happy. I didn’t know that, but I’m happy.”
Joel Embiid scored 24 points as the 76ers won in Jimmy Butler’s return. Butler scored 19 points after missing two games — both losses — with a strained groin.
Landry Shamet added 16 points for Philadelphia, J.J. Redick had 14 points and Wilson Chandler 11.
Cedi Osman and Jordan Clarkson each scored 18 points for Cleveland. Rodney Hood and Matthew Dellavedova each had 13 points, and rookie point guard Collin Sexton added 12.
Philadelphia broke it open after Cleveland cut a 13-point lead to 86-85 late in the third quarter.
The Sixers led 86-73 midway through the quarter, but Cleveland scored 12 straight points and trailed by one on after Larry Nance Jr.’s dunk.
Wilson Chandler hit a 3-pointer from the corner as time ran out in the period, starting the deciding run.
The Cavaliers led 44-34 early in the second quarter, but Philadelphia ended the first half on a 31-14 run.
Butler was injured in the first quarter Monday against Detroit and went scoreless in 10 minutes. Philadelphia won that game, but lost to Brooklyn and Indiana with Butler out.
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Originally published as ‘Wow’: Stat that blew Simmons away