Ben Simmons breaks NBA three-point drought

Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons has landed his first successful three-point shot in the NBA

Philadelphia 76ers fans and basketball analysts around the world can finally breathe easy with Australian NBA All-Star Ben Simmons finally hitting his first three-pointer in the NBA.

Simmons stepped up and buried from outside the arc in the first quarter of the 109-104 win against New York Knicks on Wednesday.

He said in an on-court interview post game that he had been "repping" the shot in practice.

"It felt good ... I just like to come out here and play."

It was his first successful three in 194 NBA regular season and playoff games - an astonishing statistic for a modern day All-Star point forward with Simmons' talent.

Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center exploded in jubilation, and social media caught fire with Simmons' shot the top trending topic on Twitter within minutes.

"It's happening," Sixers coach Brett Brown told reporters.

"He's 23-years-old ... this is a small step, but a step toward the other pieces of his growth.

"Other people get more excited than I do. But how can it not be a good thing? But if we're all honest, that's the first legitimate 3 that he's taken."

Simmons has only attempted 18 three-pointers in regular season and playoff games and missed all of them until Wednesday.

The Aussie had 18 points, seven rebounds, 13 assists, one steal and one block, and did not try another three-pointer.

The 76ers (9-5) overcame a 17-point third-quarter deficit to beat the Knicks (4-11) with Mike Scott and Joel Embiid hitting three-pointers in the final minutes to give the hosts the win.

Luka Doncic finished with 35 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds as Dallas Mavericks routed the short-handed Golden State Warriors 142-94.

The second-year star from Slovenia became the first player in NBA history to record a 35-point triple-double in 25 minutes or less, coming off a 40-point triple-double on Monday night against San Antonio.

The Mavericks (9-5) tied a franchise record with 22 three-pointers while sending Golden State (3-13) to their worst loss since 1973.

LA Clippers and Boston Celtics needed overtime to be separated. Paul George and Kawhi Leonard combining for 42 points to see off the East Conference powerhouse 107-104 at Staples Center.

Nikola Jokic had 27 points and 12 rebounds as Denver Nuggets (10-3) snapped Houston Rockets' (11-4) eight-game winning streak with a 105-95 home win.

James Harden had 27 points, ending his string of eight consecutive games of 36 or more.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 33 points and 11 rebounds in Milwaukee Bucks' 135-127 victory at Atlanta Hawks. The Bucks (11-3) have won nine of 10 and improved to an NBA-best 8-2 on the road.

Defending champions Toronto Raptors were 113-97 winners at home against Orlando Magic.

Boomers guard Patty Mills scored 16 points in San Antonio Spurs' 138-132 loss at Washington Wizards.

High-flying Miami Heat (10-3) beat Cleveland Cavaliers 124-100.

Utah Jazz scored a 103-95 road win over Minnesota Timberwolves.

Brooklyn Nets were without Kyrie Irving for the third straight game but ran out 101-91 winners against Charlotte Hornets and Chicago Bulls beat Detroit Pistons 109-89.