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.
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“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.
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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.