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Saturday, 6 April 2019

Simmons' 76ers make history as they down Bulls


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Australians Ben Simmons and Jonah Bolden have helped the Philadelphia 76ers ease past the Chicago Bulls 116-96 to secure their 50th win of the NBA season.

Simmons had 14 points on six from 10 shooting while Bolden's cameo off the bench for 11 points included three of four three-point attempts.

Joel Embiid had 20 points and 10 rebounds while JJ Redick led Philly's scorers with 23.

Embiid dominated inside while Redick supplied the outside touch as the Sixers got back to winning, even without Jimmy Butler due to back tightness, after they dropped their previous three games.

Philadelphia (50-30) are third in the eastern conference and have a two-game lead over the Boston Celtics (48-32) with just two games of the regular season to come. It is the second straight season they've hit 50 wins; and it's the first time they've achieved that feat for 33 years.

All-Star centre Embiid had five assists and blocked three shots in his second-straight start after he missed a three-game road trip to nurse a sore left knee.

JaKarr Sampson led Chicago with a career-high 29 points but the Bulls lost for the sixth time in seven games.

In Milwaukee, D'Angelo Russell had 25 points and 10 assists as the Brooklyn Nets beat the short-handed Bucks 133-128 to improve their positioning in the eastern conference play-offs race.

Brooklyn (40-40) made 19 three-pointers and had eight players in double figures.

Caris LeVert had 24 points and veteran Jared Dudley finished with 16.

The Nets, who had dropped four of five matches before meeting the Bucks, moved into sixth place.

Orlando have the same record as the Nets while the Detroit Pistons are a half-game back with a 39-40 record.

Milwaukee played without MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was sidelined by a left calf injury.

The Bucks (59-21) have already clinched the NBA's best record and home-court advantage through the playoffs.

Eric Bledsoe had 33 points and 11 assists for Milwaukee while Khris Middleton finished with 24 points.

Australians Ben Simmons and Jonah Bolden have helped the Philadelphia 76ers ease past the Chicago Bulls 116-96 to secure their 50th win of the NBA season.

Simmons had 14 points on six from 10 shooting while Bolden's cameo off the bench for 11 points included three of four three-point attempts.

Joel Embiid had 20 points and 10 rebounds while JJ Redick led Philly's scorers with 23.

Embiid dominated inside while Redick supplied the outside touch as the Sixers got back to winning, even without Jimmy Butler due to back tightness, after they dropped their previous three games.

Philadelphia (50-30) are third in the eastern conference and have a two-game lead over the Boston Celtics (48-32) with just two games of the regular season to come. It is the second straight season they've hit 50 wins; and it's the first time they've achieved that feat for 33 years.

All-Star centre Embiid had five assists and blocked three shots in his second-straight start after he missed a three-game road trip to nurse a sore left knee.

JaKarr Sampson led Chicago with a career-high 29 points but the Bulls lost for the sixth time in seven games.

In Milwaukee, D'Angelo Russell had 25 points and 10 assists as the Brooklyn Nets beat the short-handed Bucks 133-128 to improve their positioning in the eastern conference play-offs race.

Brooklyn (40-40) made 19 three-pointers and had eight players in double figures.

Caris LeVert had 24 points and veteran Jared Dudley finished with 16.

The Nets, who had dropped four of five matches before meeting the Bucks, moved into sixth place.

Orlando have the same record as the Nets while the Detroit Pistons are a half-game back with a 39-40 record.

Milwaukee played without MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was sidelined by a left calf injury.

The Bucks (59-21) have already clinched the NBA's best record and home-court advantage through the playoffs.

Eric Bledsoe had 33 points and 11 assists for Milwaukee while Khris Middleton finished with 24 points.

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