Quiet Simmons revels in first Christmas win

Ben Simmons was relatively quiet in his first Christmas NBA game, but it didn't worry the rookie as his Philadelphia 76ers snapped a five-game losing streak.

Quiet Simmons revels in first Christmas win

Quiet Simmons revels in first Christmas win

The Australian NBA All-Star hopeful finished with eight points, eight rebounds and three assists in the 105-98 defeat of the New York Knicks in the 76ers' first Christmas game since 2001.

A Simmons steal and breakaway dunk sealed the result with just more than one minute remaining after he was kept quiet in offence throughout the contest.

A tally of just two turnovers was perhaps most telling, though, with the point forward mindful of his ball security given he had averaged four a game during the team's recent run of losses.

"Personally, for me, I was trying to make less errors on the court," Simmons told ESPN after the win at Madison Square Garden.

"I think I only had one or two turnovers so I was trying to lower those.

"I didn't get anything (for Christmas) yet - besides a win, but I'll just take the win."

Ben Simmons got one up over the Knicks. Pic: Getty

Joel Embiid had 25 points and 16 rebounds, while JJ Redick scored 24 points to offset Knicks big man Enes Kanter's 31 points and 22 rebounds.

Simmons' coach, Brett Brown, said his impact should not be judged solely by his numbers.

"Don't get tripped by the stat sheets. It was deeper than that," Brown said.

"I think he did a good job of pushing the pace and finding some things early. Maybe you're going to look on the stat sheet and it's not going to be littered with stats like it normally is with him.

"I thought defensively, he came up with some big possessions."

Embiid has missed a bulk of the recent action with back stiffness, while Redick returned after two games out due to hamstring tightness.

"We realised we are at a breaking point in the season," Redick told reporters after the win.

"We had to play with more urgency. Today our energy was a different level."

The 76ers next play away to Portland on Friday.

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