Australian superstar Ben Simmons has recorded a triple-double as the Philadelphia 76ers got a 106-100 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.
In a good day for a number of Australians in the NBA, Simmons scored 20 points, a game-high 14 rebounds and a game-high 11 assists on Saturday, while Joel Embiid provided a double-double with a team-high 25 points and 12 rebounds.
It’s the 76ers’ third consecutive win despite the absence of Jimmy Butler, who missed the game with an illness.
Philadelphia led by as many as 12 points in the first quarter and then by as many as 18 in the third period before holding on for the win.
Dallas’ Jalen Brunson nearly countered Simmons’ triple-double with one of his own for the Mavericks, finishing with 13 points and team-highs in rebounds (11) assists and assists (eight).
Elsewhere, Simmons’ fellow Australian Joe Ingles was good once again for the Utah Jazz, scoring 16 points in his team’s 110-105 win over the Detroit Pistons.
Donovan Mitchell top-scored for Utah with 26 points, and backed it up with five rebounds, five assists and three steals.
Ingles iced the game for the Jazz, hitting a three-pointer from the corner with just under four minutes remaining to give his team the lead.
Aussie Dante Exum scored four off the bench.
And another Australian in Patty Mills scored 15 points for the San Antonio Spurs in their 108-88 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.
San Antonio led by 20 points at the half and by 88-66 after three quarters and survived an 14-0 run by Memphis early in the final period before cruising its 13th win in the past 15 games.
Jrue Holiday and Julius Randle both scored 22 points and the New Orleans Pelicans handed the Cleveland Cavaliers their ninth straight loss with a 133-98 rout.
The defeat came a night after Cavaliers coach Larry Drew and his players held a lengthy meeting following a season in which they have won only eight of 40 games.
Pascal Siakam scored the best figures of his career as he netted 30 points for the Toronto Raptors in their 123-116 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 43 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for the Bucks, who had won five in a row and six straight at home.
In the day’s earlier game, Nikola Jokic scored 39 points as the Denver Nuggets beat the Charlotte Hornets 123-110.
Sacramento play Golden State and Portland meet Houston in the late games on Saturday.