Simmons’ OT buzzer-beater lifts Sixers over Spurs

FILE – Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts in opposition to the Memphis Grizzlies within the first quarter on the Wells Fargo Middle on April 4, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mitchell Leff/Getty Photographs/AFP (Picture by Mitchell Leff / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Photographs by way of AFP)

Ben Simmons made a game-winning tip-in on the buzzer and Joel Embiid scored 34 factors and took 12 rebounds because the Philadelphia 76ers outlasted the shorthanded San Antonio Spurs 113-111 on Sunday in a wild sport within the Alamo Metropolis.

The 76ers (43-21) needed to work onerous to carry quick San Antonio, because the Spurs, down 4 starters, tied the sport at 107 with Keldon Johnson’s putback layup with 1:03 to play. Misses by each groups within the remaining minute despatched the sport to an additional interval.

Factors have been at a premium within the extra time, and Rudy Homosexual’s driving layup with 19.1 seconds left tied the sport at 111. Embiid’s shot with one second remaining bounced off the rim however Simmons leaped excessive and tipped within the rebound to supply the 76ers their fourth straight win.

Simmons’ tip-in was the 76ers’ solely basket in extra time. Philadelphia remained atop the Jap Convention standings because of the victory.

Seth Curry added 22 factors for Philadelphia, with Dwight Howard hitting 14 factors and 11 grabbing rebounds and Danny Inexperienced scoring 11 factors.

Lonnie Walker IV led San Antonio (31-32) with 23 factors whereas Johnson added 19, Homosexual scoring 18 and taking 10 rebounds, Gorgui Dieng hitting 17 factors and Drew Eubanks tallying 10 for the Spurs. San Antonio is clinging to the tenth spot within the Western Convention.

The 76ers by no means trailed, rolling to as a lot as a 17-point lead within the first quarter and proudly owning a 37-27 benefit after the primary 12 minutes. San Antonio pulled to inside 55-52 after a 3-pointer by Walker with 1:15 to play within the half, however Philadelphia answered with back-to-back buckets from past the arc from Curry and Danny Inexperienced to rebuild a 61-52 edge on the break.

Embiid led all scorers with 19 factors within the first half, with Curry including 14 for the 76ers. Walker’s 16 factors off the bench paced the Spurs on the half whereas Homosexual hit for 11.

The sport was the primary of a back-to-back for each groups, with the Spurs enjoying in Utah on Monday whereas the 76ers play in Chicago.

The Spurs performed with out DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl (relaxation) and Dejounte Murray (left knee harm. Derrick White can be out for San Antonio, probably for the rest of the season, with an ankle harm.


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