Simmons, Embiid combine for stunning 30-year first

Philadelphia 76ers stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid have achieved a superb 30-year first after leading their side to victory in the NBA.

Simmons has scored an equal game-high 26 points while his fellow NBA Al-Star Joel Embiid added 17 and made some big plays down the stretch in the Philadelphia 76ers’ 106-99 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Australian Simmons added 10 rebounds and eight assists to his stat sheet while Embiid grabbed a whopping 19 boards as the Sixers won without the resting Jimmy Butler.

For Embiid, it was a league-best 50th double-double of the season.

Incredibly, the exploits from Simmons and Embiid saw the pair become the first pair of Sixers teammates since Charles Barkley and Mike Gminski in 1988-89 to notch 40 double-doubles in a season.


“Myself and Jo, we take a lot of responsibility to try to get the team going, whether it’s with energy or defence,” Simmons said.

“Jo did a great job on the defensive end.”

Rookie guard Collin Sexton led the Cavaliers with 26 points while Cedi Osman added 18.

After Simmons made a free throw and Jordan Clarkson a lay-up for Cleveland, Embiid followed his own miss with a thunderous dunk to give the Sixers a 102-99.

Embiid, playing in his second game after he missed eight straight with a sore left knee, had a block on the other end and then made four-straight free throws to seal the win as “MVP! MVP!” chants replaced the boos.

“We’re just getting back in the flow,” Embiid said. “By play-off time, we’ll be back to normal.”

Philadelphia improved to 43-25 and are in a battle with the Indiana Pacers, who have an identical win-loss record, for the third seed in the eastern conference.


Indiana edged the New York Knicks 103-98 on the back of 24 points from Bojan Bogdanovic as they rebounded from a pair of double-digit defeats at the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 24 points and Milwaukee used a 45-point third quarter to pull away from the New Orleans Pelicans for a 130-113 victory.

The Bucks have the NBA’s best record at 51-17 and appear set to secure home-court advantage through the playoffs.

DeMar DeRozan scored 33 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 28 in the San Antonio Spurs’ 112-105 defeat of the Dallas Mavericks.

The Spurs led from the middle of the first quarter as they won their sixth in a row as Dallas lost its sixth straight, despite a career-high 34 points from Jalen Brunson.

LeBron James had 36 points and 10 rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers overcame a 20-point deficit to beat the Chicago Bulls 123-107 and end a five-game losing streak.

With AAP