NBA wrap: Simmons and 76ers belt Cavs

Ben Simmons has produced a double-double in reduced minutes as his Philadephia 76ers smacked Cleveland Cavaliers 114-95 to end a poor NBA road trip on a high note.

The Australian racked up a season-high 11 assists to go with his 10 points in just 26 minutes on court.

Philadelphia (8-5) had lost five of their past seven going into the game, including consecutive losses in Orlando and Oklahoma City.

Cleveland (4-8) almost pulled off an upset in Philadelphia last week before falling 98-97. But the 76ers quickly squashed any hope of a repeat in Cleveland on Sunday as they shredded the Cavaliers’ defence with 33 assists on 46 baskets.

Forward Tobias Harris led the scoring for the 76ers with 27 points and Joel Embiid added 14, while Simmons and three other teammates were also in double figures.

Collin Sexton led the Cavaliers with 17 points, while Jordan Clarkson added 15. Tristan Thompson and Kevin Love had 12 each for the Cavaliers, who have dropped three in a row.

Meanwhile, Boston Celtics’ winning streak of 10 came to an end as Richaun Holmes hit two free throws with 13.3 seconds to give Sacramento Kings a 100-99 win.

Marcus Smart had a chance to win it for Boston (10-2) but his runner in the lane hung on the rim before trickling off as the buzzer sounded. Buddy Hield scored a season-high 35 points to lead the Kings (5-7) to the home victory.

AP

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