Sixers’ Al Horford reacts to Ben Simmons’ dominance vs. Lakers
The Philadelphia 76ers made quick work of the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday. They emerged with a lopsided 108-91 victory against the best team in the Western Conference. This was thanks in large part to an outstanding effort from Sixers former Rookie of the Year winner Ben Simmons.
Simmons logged 28 points (12-of-16 from the field, 4-of-6 from the charity stripe), 10 rebounds, eight assists, and four steals in 41 minutes of action.
Following the noteworthy victory, Sixers big man Al Horford shared his thoughts on Simmons’ memorable performance. The veteran big man acknowledged that the 23-year-old has been playing at another level of late.
“I don’t know what led to that, but he’s been more consistent, more confident and more aggressive, and that’s great for our group,” Al Horford said of Simmons, via Derek Bodner of The Athletic. “When he’s playing at that level, it fuels the rest of us. And tonight, he did it again on a huge stage. It was pretty clear.”
Simmons has been forced to take on an even bigger role than he has been used to. With both Joel Embiid and Josh Richardson sidelined for extended periods, Simmons has been more than willing to heed the call. And as Horford said above, the rest of the team has certainly taken notice.
Simmons and company will look to keep things going on Tuesday as they take on a troubled Golden State Warriors. The Sixers are currently sixth in the East with a 30-17 record, but are just two games behind the second-place Miami Heat.