Sixers survive Washington fightback in NBA

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Ben Simmons had 17 points, 12 assists and six rebounds as the Philadelphia 76ers continued their dream start to the NBA season with a 141-136 win over Washington.

Improving their record to an NBA best 7-1, the Sixers overcame a Washington record-tying 60-point performance from Bradley Beal.

Simmons was instrumental in Philadelphia dominating in the first half but there were nervous moments as Beal cut loose.

After Washington trailed by 21 points, Beal inspired a fightback and the game was tied with four minutes left.

Joel Embiid scored 38 points and Seth Curry added 28 points as the Sixers won their fifth in a row overall and their 20th straight at home.

Beal had a career-high for points to match the franchise record set by Gilbert Arenas in 2006.

Russell Westbrook had 20 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds before leaving with an apparent wrist injury with 26 seconds left.

Embiid's three-point play with 4:58 to go gave the Sixers a 131-127 advantage.

After the Wizards tied the game again at 131, the Sixers reeled off an 8-0 run to propel them to a win.

Former top overall draft pick Markelle Fultz suffered a season-ending tear of the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the first quarter of the Orlando Magic's 105-94 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Cleveland's Collin Sexton scored 21 points to set a franchise record of eight straight games with at least 20 points to start a season.

The record was formerly held by LeBron James in 2004-05.

Cleveland did itself no favours by making just 4 of 26 attempts from 3-point range but played without Australia's Dante Exum who will miss six-to-eight weeks with a strained right calf.

Malcolm Brogdon scored a career-high 35 points and Myles Turner recorded eight blocked shots as the Indiana Pacers held on for a 114-107 victory over the Houston Rockets at Indianapolis.

Austin Rivers scored 23 points, including 14 straight for the Knicks down the stretch, and Julius Randle had 30 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists as New York won its third straight by beating the Utah Jazz 112-100.

Rookie guard Payton Pritchard scored on a put-back with two-tenths of a second left to give the Boston Celtics a 107-105 win over the host Miami Heat.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 25 points and Khris Middleton added 23 as the Milwaukee Bucks rolled past the Detroit Pistons 130-115.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 21 points and George Hill made two free throws with 12.1 seconds remaining to lift the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder to a 111-110 .

Devin Booker scored 24 points, Jae Crowder added 21 as the Phoenix Suns made 21 3-pointers on the way to a 123-115 victory over the Toronto Raptors.

The Sacramento Kings showed how good it felt to be home by ending a three-game losing streak with a 128-124 victory against the Chicago Bulls.

In the final game, the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Golden State Warriors 108-101 in the first of two straight match-ups between the Pacific Division rivals.