WATCH: 76ers star Ben Simmons’ dunk bounces all the way past mid-court
The All-Star point guard may have used a little too much oomph in his powerful dunk against the Los Angeles Lakers, though.
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Fortunately for Simmons, the faux pas had minimal impact on the Philadelphia 76ers’ 143-120 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. He also attempted his first actual NBA 3-pointer.
The shot rimmed out, but it’s a start.
BEN SIMMONS TOOK A LEGIT 3 OMG pic.twitter.com/wJtYlYeNBJ
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Philly dominated for most of the afternoon, hanging 76 points on the Lakers in the first half.
Joel Embiid, whose status was up in air before the game due to gastroenteritis, pulled off another epic performance with 37 points and 14 rebounds.
Tobias Harris followed with 22 points in his second game as a member of the 76ers.
Since the huge blockbuster trade that occurred a day before the deadline last week, the Sixers are looking like legitimate title contenders, now holding one of the best starting lineups in the NBA.
Even Lakers star forward LeBron James had to acknowledge the success of the team’s recent restructuring.
“I thought they were going to be very good anyway before they made any moves, before the season even started,” James told Dave Zeitlin of The Washington Post. “And they’ve made a bunch of moves to improve their club.”
James finished the game just one assist shy of a triple-double, while Kyle Kuzma pieced together a game-high 39 points on 14-of-21 shooting.
Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers will move forward as a highly favorable group at 36-20. Simmons is averaging 16.7 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 8.0 assists in his second active season as a pro.