Better watch your pockets around Ben Simmons - the Philadelphia 76ers point guard is known for his stealing prowess.
The former NBA rookie of the year swiped three consecutive steals down the stretch against the Indiana Pacers on Sunday to key a crucial 119-116 win over their Eastern Conference rivals.
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All three of Simmons’ steals came within the final 19 seconds of regulation, with his second leading to an assist that gave the 76ers the lead.
The Australian’s effort became the talk of the NBA world after an otherwise run of the mill slate of games, save for Sacramento’s impressive 17-point comeback against the Denver Nuggets.
Ben Simmons comes up clutch with back-to-back steals to win the game 🔒 pic.twitter.com/imItzl54N9— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 1, 2019
Simmons also added 15 points, 13 assists and six rebounds for one of his most impressive performances of the season.
It was a timely showcase of his skills in a season that has otherwise been dominated by discussion of his jumpshot (or lack thereof).
His performance didn’t go unnoticed either.
ben simmons might be the most interesting star in basketball right now because one game convinces you the sixers will absolutely succeed with him as is and the next he’ll make you think his shooting is severely holding them back— Haley O'Shaughnessy (@HaleyOSomething) December 1, 2019
Ben Simmons just got 3 steals in the final 14 seconds to close a game. No chance that’s ever been done before in history— Tyson Beck (@tysonbeckdesign) December 1, 2019
Ben Simmons is madeneing on offense but made four ridiculous defensive plays late to win it) chase down swipe, three straight steals to end the game). Playing first-team all defense so far. https://t.co/RbO05Qd0sz— Marlowe Alter (@MarloweAlter) December 1, 2019
Been saying this all season: if Ben Simmons takes a jumper or two, fine. But he'll have his biggest impact for PHI with his energy & effort. If he brings it, he lifts the 76ers. If he coasts, it's going to be a struggle for the whole squad. Playing hard >> perfunctory jump shots— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) December 1, 2019
Simmons had support from superstar running mate Joel Embiid, who posted 32 points and 11 rebounds, while Tobias Harris (22 points) Furkan Korkmaz (12) and Al Horford (15) ensured all five of Philadelphia’s starting lineup finished in double figures.
Philadelphia coach Brett Brown confirmed for Boomers’ job
Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown has officially been announced as the new head coach of the Boomers.
Basketball Australia confirmed the NBA mentor’s appointment on Tuesday morning, after reports several weeks ago indicated Brown was likely to take over from Andrej Lemanis.
Brown has a lengthy history with the Boomers, having last coached the team at the 2012 London Olympics, as well as a lengthy history with the NBL, dating back to the 1990s.
The 76ers coach set lofty ambitions for the side, declaring he would be aiming for a gold medal.
“The spirit of the country and the athletes of the country exemplify on a day-to-day basis the passion that is Australian sport,” Brown said.
“That passion is respected and recognised throughout the world and I’m very excited to be a part of that again.
“This is our mission and my message to our team: We’re going into the 2020 Olympics to win a gold medal.
“I understand the magnitude of this statement. I would feel irresponsible having any other goal but this.”