Sixers news: Ben Simmons breaks free throw record for most in a quarter
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Ben Simmons breaks free throw record for most in a quarter vs. Wizards

Ben Simmons

During the Philadelphia 76ers’ gritty 118-113 win over their Eastern Conference rival Washington Wizards on Wednesday night, rising star rookie point guard Ben Simmons made league history.

According to Basketball-Reference, Simmons set a record for the most free-throw attempts in a single game by a rookie in NBA history with 29 shots from the charity stripe.

“Just make the free throw. That’s about it. It doesn’t really phase me,” Simmons said immediately after the Sixers’ victory.

The rookie went off for a monstrous stat line en route to a career-high 31 points, an eye-opening 18 rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocked shots in 41 minutes of action.

However, despite the staggering 29 free-throw attempts on the night, Simmons only made 15 of them as the Sixers shot just 41-of-64 (64.1 percent) from the line as a team. During the fourth quarter alone, Simmons also broke the NBA record for most free-throw attempts in one quarter with a whopping 24 shots from the stripe.

The Wizards trailed the Sixers by as many as 17 points in the fourth quarter, but they simply refused to give up by keeping Philadelphia on the ropes down the stretch. The Wizards, who fell to an 11-10 record on the year, were without star point guard John Wall on the night.