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Sunday, 16 December 2018

Ben Simmons record-shattering 15th career triple-double on par with NBA royalty Oscar Robertson


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Ben Simmons' turnover-free triple-double has placed the Australian prodigy amongst the company of basketball royalty Oscar Robertson as the only other player to record at least 15 triple-doubles within 111 career NBA games.

The Australia superstar collected his third triple-double of the season with 22 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds in the Sixers' 128-105 win over compatriot Matthew Dellavedova's Cleveland Cavaliers.

Simmons record-shattering feat also thrust him ahead of a host of the game's greats to become the youngest player in NBA history to have a turnover-free triple-double of at least 20 points.

That put the 22-year-old ahead of LeBron James (age 24), Jason Kidd (25), Russell Westbrook (27) and Magic Johnson (31) as the youngest to achieve the rare feat.

"Wow. I'm happy. I didn't know that but I'm happy," a surprised Simmons said in his on-court interview when informed of his zero turnovers.

"Numbers are numbers. Obviously, stat-wise, it looks good."

When Simmons earned his triple-double in the third quarter he moved into second place in franchise history with 15 - behind only Wilt Chamberlain's 62.

"I just like to play the game the right way," Simmons said.

"Find me teammates if they're open. If I can get an easy bucket, get it."

Philadelphia have improved their record to 20-11 to consolidate fourth spot in the eastern conference with Joel Embiid top scoring with 24 points and Jimmy Butler adding 19 on his return from a two-game layoff due to a strained groin.

Simmons was nine of 15 from the field and four of five from the free-throw line while coming within one assist of his career high.

"When he's playing like that, the game is really easy for everybody," four-time All-Star Butler said.

Simmons' fellow Australian Dellavedova was solid off the bench for the Cavaliers (7-23) with 13 points and seven assists.

Ben Simmons' turnover-free triple-double has placed the Australian prodigy amongst the company of basketball royalty Oscar Robertson as the only other player to record at least 15 triple-doubles within 111 career NBA games.

The Australia superstar collected his third triple-double of the season with 22 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds in the Sixers' 128-105 win over compatriot Matthew Dellavedova's Cleveland Cavaliers.

Simmons record-shattering feat also thrust him ahead of a host of the game's greats to become the youngest player in NBA history to have a turnover-free triple-double of at least 20 points.

That put the 22-year-old ahead of LeBron James (age 24), Jason Kidd (25), Russell Westbrook (27) and Magic Johnson (31) as the youngest to achieve the rare feat.

"Wow. I'm happy. I didn't know that but I'm happy," a surprised Simmons said in his on-court interview when informed of his zero turnovers.

"Numbers are numbers. Obviously, stat-wise, it looks good."

When Simmons earned his triple-double in the third quarter he moved into second place in franchise history with 15 - behind only Wilt Chamberlain's 62.

"I just like to play the game the right way," Simmons said.

"Find me teammates if they're open. If I can get an easy bucket, get it."

Philadelphia have improved their record to 20-11 to consolidate fourth spot in the eastern conference with Joel Embiid top scoring with 24 points and Jimmy Butler adding 19 on his return from a two-game layoff due to a strained groin.

Simmons was nine of 15 from the field and four of five from the free-throw line while coming within one assist of his career high.

"When he's playing like that, the game is really easy for everybody," four-time All-Star Butler said.

Simmons' fellow Australian Dellavedova was solid off the bench for the Cavaliers (7-23) with 13 points and seven assists.

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