Ben Simmons had a big first half, and threw down a heap of highlight dunks, but it wasn’t enough to lead a cold-shooting Philadelphia 76ers team to a win on Tuesday (AEDT).
In a game against a conference rival, the Indiana Pacers, Simmons came out of the gates with intent, getting to his spots at will to put up 20 points and nine rebounds going into the main break; his 76ers in the lead.
Unfortunately, the 76ers’ shooting woes continued to haunt the, with Brett Brown’s team shooting 6-of-33 from beyond the arc, en route to a 101-95 loss.
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Simmons finished with 24 points, 14 rebounds, and three assists in the loss; the Australian forced to play 40 minutes, with Joel Embiid (hand) sitting out another game.
The Pacers, now 25-15, were led by Malcolm Brogdon’s 21 points, seven rebounds, and nine rebounds, while T.J. Warren also finished with 21 points. Domantas Sabonis continued his impressive season with 10 points and 16 rebounds.
For the 76ers, Josh Richardson had 23 points, while Tobias Harris finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
The cold shooting from beyond the arc was tough to ignore, though, with Richardson going 1-of-8 from downtown, Harris just 1-of-5, while Scott went 1-of-6 from the land of plenty.
Next up for the 76ers, 25-16, is a matchup with the Nets.