Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Jazz Dancers run onto the ground previous to the Utah Jazz and the Philadelphia 76ers enjoying at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City. Philly received 104-97 on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017.
SALT LAKE CITY — Way again when DJs have been nonetheless being applauded for enjoying Terror Squad’s “Lean Back” tune in events.
When George W. Bush was nonetheless America’s president. When Kanye West was nonetheless a reasonably new artist.
Philadelphia 76ers rookie Ben Simmons hadn’t even been on the planet a decade.
He was simply eight when the Sixers final beat the Utah Jazz at dwelling. What does Simmons keep in mind about that timeframe?
“What do I remember? Nothing,” Simmons mentioned earlier than smiling within the customer’s locker room at Vivint Arena. “I don’t remember that.”
Well, right here’s a fast historical past lesson, younger fella.
NBA Hall of Famer Allen Iverson was nonetheless on the Philly roster, and the Vivint Arena wasn’t the Vivint Arena then.
It was known as the Delta Center, when Philly final topped Utah at dwelling, 106-99, on Jan. 5, 2005.
That all modified Tuesday night time, when the Sixers snapped Utah’s 12-game dwelling win streak in opposition to the beforehand struggling franchise, 104-97.
Utah has now dropped three straight video games after capturing 30.Three p.c in its newest efficiency.
“Obviously, we had an abysmal night shooting the ball,” mentioned Jazz coach Quin Snyder. “I thought the beginning of the first and the beginning of the third quarter, those two stretches really hurt us.”
Making his debut in Salt Lake City, Simmons didn’t disappoint. He completed with 16 factors, 13 rebounds, and 6 badists — together with a pair of mbadive third-quarter jams. He did flip the ball over six occasions and didn’t significantly shoot nicely, making 7-of-22 makes an attempt, however his playmaking skill was on full show as a 6-foot-10 level guard.
“He’s unique,” Snyder mentioned of Simmons. “I feel everybody sport plans in opposition to him, in a method or one other, as a result of he’s the engine.
“I feel when folks decrease their pickup factors in opposition to him, which is usually what you see for those who exit on the ground in opposition to him, there isn’t numerous guys which are capable of deal with the ball as successfully as he’s in opposition to smaller guys.”
Even with out star heart Joel Embiid, the Sixers have been capable of win their fifth consecutive sport. The crew determined to relaxation Embiid, resulting from “load management,” however will make him obtainable for Thursday’s sport in Sacramento. Fans have been wanting ahead to his matchup in opposition to Jazz star Rudy Gobert — revered as one of many league’s high defensive facilities.
Gobert would end with 16 factors, 15 rebounds and two steals whereas matching up in opposition to third-year huge man Richaun Holmes, who began in Embiid’s absence.
“It’s always fun to compete with some of the talented guys in the position,” Gobert mentioned on dealing with Embiid. “Hopefully he plays when we go back in Philly.”
Holmes ended with six factors and 5 rebounds in 15 minutes. Dario Saric led the 76ers with a game-high 25 factors and 10 rebounds.
Philly didn’t shoot nicely, both, hitting simply 42 p.c, however Utah couldn’t appear to capitalize on something, with Donovan Mitchell connecting on Three-of-21 makes an attempt for eight factors, Joe Ingles making 6-of-16 photographs for 15 factors and Rodney Hood making Four-of-14 baskets for 19 factors.
Ricky Rubio began Zero-for-5 to start the primary quarter, with a lot of them being wide-open midrange soar photographs. He ended with 11 factors and eight badists.
Gobert’s layup with 10 seconds remaining within the fourth lower the deficit to 100-97, after Utah trailed by as many as 18 within the sport.
“We’ve just got to figure it out,” Hood mentioned. “The world’s not ending. We’ve just got to figure it out and go from there.”
Utah (5-6) could have a shot at revenge on Monday, Nov. 20, within the City of Brotherly Love. But for now, Philly (6-Four) can benefit from the victory.
“I think we did well today and it’s on to the next one,” Simmons mentioned. “It shows a lot about our team that we pushed, we can fight through it, and it’s guys who step up.”