National Basketball Association career-high for Simmons in Sixers rout

Tanya Simon
December 9, 2019

Ben Simmons scored a career-high 34 points, dished out seven assists, and he knocked down a 3-pointer and that is the story that is on everyone's mind.

Turkish worldwide Furkan Korkmaz scored 5 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished out 3 assists, while Cedi Osman played with 2 points and 1 assist, both playing 19 minutes.

The second quarter saw more of the same, as Philadelphia's 41-point lead at halftime (77-36) represented its largest in franchise history.

"This is what I want, OK - you can pass this along to his agent, and his family, and his friends, and to him: I want a 3-point shot a game, minimum", Brett Brown declared in the postgame scrum, per The Athletic's Rich Hoffman. The 23-year-old then finished an alley-oop with a two-handed slam on the next possession.

"And when you say, 'OK, what's the (reasonable) number (of 3-point shots)?' I immediately throw out eight", said Brown. After dominating in the first quarter with double-digit points, he rode that confidence and let it fly in the second quarter to drill his second three-pointer of the season.

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Jay Bouwmeester missed on a puck at the Toronto blue line, and Matthews used Justin Faulk as a screen to beat Binnington. Blues forward Zach Sanford departed the game with an upper-body injury during the first period and did not return.

Simmons seemed determined to dominate as a scorer.

The Sixers just want opponents to have to acknowledge the possibility that leaving Simmons completely deserted at the perimeter could result in a catch-and-shoot 3-pointer. That is the world that pursuits me probably the most. "And I think, in many ways, so will ours". "And the mentality that he has when he's turning corners and he's taking that long step, that gather step, and bringing his shoulders to the rim and trying to dunk and finish tight, [that] will equal higher efficiency and getting fouled". Brown just simply wants Simmons to be the best player possible and he believes achieving those two things puts their team in the best position to win. And secondly, he will be liberated.

"I'm getting more comfortable, obviously".

The 76ers advanced to 16-7 on the season and a ideal 11-0 at home behind Simmons dominant performance.

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