Published 9:44 p.m. ET Nov. 1, 2017 | Updated 10:51 p.m. ET Nov. 1, 2017
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid was bleeped on TV when Ben Simmons slapped him on the chest throughout one other victorious postgame interview.
The pink band model of Simmons’ spotlight reel checked out occasions nearly obscene to Atlanta: He switched from his left to proper hand mid-air to attain a bucket. Simmons let the ball roll excessive of his proper fingertips for an additional uncontested rating.
And the exclamation level, a thunderous slam within the last minute that had followers standing and chanting “Trust the Process!”
Simmons had 19 factors, 13 rebounds and 9 badists, and Embiid had 21 factors and 12 rebounds to guide the Philadelphia 76ers to their third straight win, 119-109 over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday evening.
“Yeah, I’ve gotta dunk more,” Simmons stated. “I don’t know. I just get out there and I’m like, uhh, these guys are pretty big. Once I start dunking it …”
His thought trailed off however the Hawks — and the remainder of the NBA — bought the message. Simmons is the actual deal.
Simmons, the No. 1 general decide within the 2016 draft, has lived as much as his prime billing in his rookie 12 months. Simmons has scored in double figures in each sport and flirted together with his second triple-double.
Simmons retains saying he can play higher — however the 21-year-old guard has already joined Oscar Robertson as the one gamers in NBA historical past with 100 factors, 50 rebounds and 40 badists in his first six video games.
Just how far more is he able to the remainder of the best way?
“There’s a lot more. Way more,” he stated. “I think in a few years, it’s going to be fun.”
Robert Covington scored 22 factors to badist the Sixers (Four-Four) attain .500 for the primary time in 4 years. The Sixers’ rebuild extra generally often called “The Process,” is not successful but. But it is November and so they haven’t got a dropping file.
The Sixers have been fired up coming off wins on the street at Dallas and Houston and hit their first six 3s of the sport. They led 25-Eight and had every little thing going proper of their first win at residence this season.
In coach Brett Brown’s 5 seasons, the Sixers had not been at .500 since they have been 5-5 on Nov. 15, 2013. They began that season Three-Zero and misplaced the opener — and plenty of extra after that — in every successive season.
Dennis Schroder scored 25 factors and Taurean Prince had 17 for the woeful Hawks.
“We’ve got to find a way to eliminate the slow start,” coach Mike Budenholzer stated.
Hawks: G Malcolm Delaney left with a sprained proper ankle. He scored eight factors. … The Hawks opened the fourth Zero for 11 with 4 turnovers.
76ers: Dario Saric was within the beginning lineup for the third straight sport and JJ Redick began after he missed the final two video games with tightness in his again. … The Sixers had 12 badists on 14 baskets within the first quarter.
Jahlil Okafor, the No. Three decide of the 2015 draft, desires out after the Sixers declined to choose up his fourth-year contract choice for subsequent season. Buried on the bench, Okafor stated he did not need the Sixers to choose up his choice and is prepared for a recent begin. His request to staff president Bryan Colangelo that the Sixers purchase out the ultimate 12 months of the contract was declined.
“I’m just in a position to where, how can I get on the court,” he stated. “That’s not happening here and I want to play. Bryan knows that, I’ve talked with him about it. And now it’s tough because my option didn’t get picked up. Teams are not really looking to give up anything when somebody can walk out the door at the end of the season.”
Okafor was chosen by former staff president Sam Hinkie as a kind of insurance coverage coverage in case Embiid may by no means get better from accidents that price him the primary two seasons of his profession. With Embiid sidelined, Okafor led the Sixers in scoring as a rookie with 17.5 factors. But accidents restricted to him to 50 video games final 12 months and he was dropped from the rotation this season. Okafor is wholesome and has performed only one sport this season.
The 21-year-old Okafor, out of Duke, is pissed off however stated he’ll stay skilled in regards to the scenario.
“This is my life. This is my career. I’m not getting the opportunity here, which is fine,” he stated. “The team looks great. I’m not a part of that. I want the team to do great things, but at the same time, I want to play.”
Okafor would have been owed $6.Three million in 2018-19. Okafor has prevented hbadle since his rookie season was marred by a collection of incidents that included a two-game suspension for his function in a Boston road combat.
Okafor hoped a contract buyout would let him latch on with a staff and play this season.
“Bryan didn’t think that would be a good idea because he said he’d be giving me away to a team for free,” he stated. “But that’s pretty much where we stand right now.”
Brown stated Okafor wasn’t within the rotation for defensive causes and out of deference to veteran backup Amir Johnson.
Hawks: Host Houston on Friday.
76ers: Host Indiana on Friday.
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