Basketball fans have been left in awe after Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons provided arguably the pass of the season against Toronto.
Much was made about how the Aussie would gel with star 76ers recruit Jimmy Butler but the pair combined beautifully against the high-flying Raptors.
Simmons took the ball up from deep inside his own half of the court, before snaking his way inside three Raptors defenders.
The Aussie was surrounded as he made it to the free-throw line but demonstrated his incredible vision with an audacious no-look, around-the-back pass to Butler.
The defence-splitting pass presented his teammate with an easy two points, with Simmons’ superb pass leaving viewers in a frenzy on social media.
that Ben Simmons pass was spectacular.
— greek mill 🇬🇷 (@georgeythegreek) December 6, 2018
I'm going to need a gif of that Ben Simmons pass ASAP. Thanks #Sixers
— Joe Webster (@joeyweb32) December 6, 2018
You hear the crowd in Toronto ooo and ahhh on that Simmons pass 👀
— Justin Eaton (@jEat0n_5) December 6, 2018
nice pass Simmons 🙊
— Billi Way 🌬 (@Kdollah_) December 6, 2018
BEN SIMMONS i've never seen a pass like that 😱😱
— danny (@okherby) December 6, 2018
Simmons what a pass!!!!!
— DC Basketball (@DC_bball23) December 6, 2018
Ben Simmons Hits Jimmy with a DISGUSTING behind the back pass. Oh my that was beautiful.
— Sixers Nation (@PHLSixersNation) December 6, 2018
Simmons’ magic wasn’t enough to help contain Toronto’s own superstar recruit Kahwi Leonard, who was on fire in the first half.
The former San Antonio Spur exploded for 21 first half points to help the Eastern Conference leaders take a 53-49 lead at the break.
Leonard finished with a team-high 36 points as the Raptors extended their league-best record to 21-5 courtesy of a 113-102 win.
The 76ers, considered one of the Raptors’ biggest threats in the Eastern Conference, have not won in Toronto for six years.
Simmons fell just short of a triple-double with eight points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists and Butler had 38 points and 10 rebounds.
The Raptors have won 21 of their 26 games this season to lead the NBA standings, with the 76ers, third in the Eastern Conference, falling to a 17-win, nine-loss record.