Ben Simmons bounced back from a poor showing in Game 1, hanging 18 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds on the Brooklyn Nets, as Philadelphia took Game 2 with a dominant 145-123 win.
Simmons joked that he was “thinking about the boos” from the series-opener.
Per The AP:
“I was just trying to be me,” Simmons said.
The Sixers busted the game open with a 14-0 run to start the second half and then stretched the lead to 20 on a Simmons steal and fastbreak basket. With a packed house standing, Simmons got a massive ovation when he cupped his hand to his right ear just like [Allen] Iverson did in his prime.
“I was thinking about the boos from the last game,” Simmons said, smiling. “I have a lot of love for this city.”
Embiid was whistled for a flagrant foul for throwing an elbow at Jarrett Allen late in the half and the Sixers nursing a 65-64 lead.
“I got him pretty good and I’m sorry about it,” Embiid said, laughing at the pseudo apology.