Simmons returns to form as 76ers snap sorry drought

Ben Simmons has responded to criticism around his recent form with a key role in a drought-breaking win for Philadelphia in the NBA.

The Aussie notched a timely double-double as the 76ers claimed their first away win of the season, hanging tough to beat Indiana 100-94.

Simmons came in for heavy criticism from supporters after career-worst matches against Charlotte and Toronto.

The Aussie missed a whopping 15 field goals against the Hornets and turned the ball over on 11 occasions against the Raptors.

However, it was a different story against Indiana, where the Australian point guard contributed 16 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for the Sixers.

Crucially, the Aussie only had one turnover in one of his best games of the season.

Simmons’ men came into the encounter having won all of their first six matches at home, while dropping their previous five on the road.

Simmons’ return to form helped the 76ers get a first win on the road. Pic: Getty

The Pacers were well led by star guard Victor Oladipo, who had a game-high 36 points.

But Philadelphia had a much better spread of scorers, with Simmons just one of half a dozen Sixers in double figures.

In other action, not even a season-high haul of 20 points from Australian guard Patty Mills was enough to prevent the San Antonio Spurs suffering a 95-88 loss to the Miami Heat.

Mills came off the bench to shoot eight of 21 from the field for a team-high tally of 20 points and received good support from Davis Bertans (19) and DeMar DeRozan (18).

But the Heat proved too strong on their home court on Wednesday, led by centre Hassan Whiteside, who racked up 29 points, 20 rebounds and nine blocked shots.

It was Miami’s first win over San Antonio in four years.

Andre Drummond had 23 points and 19 rebounds and Blake Griffin chimed in with 20 points as the Detroit Pistons beat the Orlando Magic 103-96 for their first win six matches.

Evan Fournier led Orlando with 27 points.

Dennis Schroder scored a season-high 28 points as the Oklahoma City Thunder extended their winning run to six with 95-86 away win against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Oklahoma City were playing without star point guard Russell Westbrook, who turned his left ankle on Monday in the win over the New Orleans Pelicans.

With AAP