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Simmons cops heat over Lowry low blow


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Ben Simmons was involved in some drama on court in the NBA Playoffs as Philadelphia defeated Toronto 116-95 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semi-final series.

The Australian 76ers guard was defending Lowry when both fell awkwardly to the floor.

As Lowry tried to stick the landing he was squatting over Simmons, and the Aussie tried to adjust and get back to his feet.

Simmons reacts after Lowry went down

That's when Simmons appeared to accidentally elbow Lowry below the belt, causing the Raptors star to fall to the ground, grabbing his groin.

Simmons looked surprised at Lowry's reaction.

With play continuing after the incident at the other end of the court, officials took no notice of the Simmons-Lowry controversy, and the Melbourne product was not penalised.

NBA fans and media reacted to the footage, with some calling out Simmons for a 'cheap shot' while others deemed the contact unintentional, and criticised Lowry for 'flopping'.

https://twitter.com/jasonrmcintyre/status/1124124685891858432https://twitter.com/TimHipsley/status/1124116839536062464https://twitter.com/WalderSports/status/1124116988803022849https://twitter.com/ThatDudeMCFLY/status/1124115986469335040https://twitter.com/Ben_Dowsett/status/1124116329647075328

Simmons was then on the receiving end when All-Star Kawhi Leonard lifted his elbow and struck the Australian in the face, which was called a foul.

And Simmons found himself in more of the action when he drew a technical foul after the clock wound down at the end of the third quarter.

Toronto's Pascal Siakam threw up a practice shot, which Simmons swatted back at Siakam.

Simmons finished with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists, and again lined up with defensive duties on Leonard.

https://twitter.com/SportsCenter/status/1124134047981232134

Joel Embiid was the star of the show for the 76ers, scoring 33 points as “MVP!” chants rang out and his side took a 2-1 lead in the series against the Raptors. He also delighted fans with a huge windmill dunk in the fourth quarter.

The 76ers never trailed in the game and have a great chance of extending the series lead in Philadelphia on Sunday.

It was a team effort from the 76ers with starters Simmons, Embiid, Jimmy Butler, JJ Redick and Tobias Harris all scoring in double figures.

Embiid had a monster game with 10 rebounds, five blocks and three assists to go along with his 33 points.

Embiid's epic windmill dunk

The 76ers, ahead 89-82 at the end of the third-quarter, exploded at the start of the final period scoring the first 11 points to subdue the Raptors.

Their other Australian, Jonah Bolden, was scoreless while playing the final five minutes when the game was decided and the starters were rested.

Embiid fired up the 76ers crowd when he chased a loose ball and was tripped by Siakam who intentionally stuck out his right leg and sent Philly’s All-Star tumbling to the court.

The crowd went wild and Siakam was hit with a flagrant foul. Embiid made both free throws as fans — including some of Philadelphia’s biggest sports stars — serenaded him with chants of “MVP! MVP!”

https://twitter.com/espn/status/1124135409263321088

Jimmy Butler, the Game 2 star, dunked off his own steal and the Sixers had quickly put the game out of reach. Butler had 22 points.

Leonard scored 33 points for the Raptors, and Siakam had 20.

Ben Simmons in the tunnel at Philadelphia

- with AAP

Ben Simmons was involved in some drama on court in the NBA Playoffs as Philadelphia defeated Toronto 116-95 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semi-final series.

The Australian 76ers guard was defending Lowry when both fell awkwardly to the floor.

As Lowry tried to stick the landing he was squatting over Simmons, and the Aussie tried to adjust and get back to his feet.

Simmons reacts after Lowry went down

That's when Simmons appeared to accidentally elbow Lowry below the belt, causing the Raptors star to fall to the ground, grabbing his groin.

Simmons looked surprised at Lowry's reaction.

With play continuing after the incident at the other end of the court, officials took no notice of the Simmons-Lowry controversy, and the Melbourne product was not penalised.

NBA fans and media reacted to the footage, with some calling out Simmons for a 'cheap shot' while others deemed the contact unintentional, and criticised Lowry for 'flopping'.

https://twitter.com/jasonrmcintyre/status/1124124685891858432https://twitter.com/TimHipsley/status/1124116839536062464https://twitter.com/WalderSports/status/1124116988803022849https://twitter.com/ThatDudeMCFLY/status/1124115986469335040https://twitter.com/Ben_Dowsett/status/1124116329647075328

Simmons was then on the receiving end when All-Star Kawhi Leonard lifted his elbow and struck the Australian in the face, which was called a foul.

And Simmons found himself in more of the action when he drew a technical foul after the clock wound down at the end of the third quarter.

Toronto's Pascal Siakam threw up a practice shot, which Simmons swatted back at Siakam.

Simmons finished with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists, and again lined up with defensive duties on Leonard.

https://twitter.com/SportsCenter/status/1124134047981232134

Joel Embiid was the star of the show for the 76ers, scoring 33 points as “MVP!” chants rang out and his side took a 2-1 lead in the series against the Raptors. He also delighted fans with a huge windmill dunk in the fourth quarter.

The 76ers never trailed in the game and have a great chance of extending the series lead in Philadelphia on Sunday.

It was a team effort from the 76ers with starters Simmons, Embiid, Jimmy Butler, JJ Redick and Tobias Harris all scoring in double figures.

Embiid had a monster game with 10 rebounds, five blocks and three assists to go along with his 33 points.

Embiid's epic windmill dunk

The 76ers, ahead 89-82 at the end of the third-quarter, exploded at the start of the final period scoring the first 11 points to subdue the Raptors.

Their other Australian, Jonah Bolden, was scoreless while playing the final five minutes when the game was decided and the starters were rested.

Embiid fired up the 76ers crowd when he chased a loose ball and was tripped by Siakam who intentionally stuck out his right leg and sent Philly’s All-Star tumbling to the court.

The crowd went wild and Siakam was hit with a flagrant foul. Embiid made both free throws as fans — including some of Philadelphia’s biggest sports stars — serenaded him with chants of “MVP! MVP!”

https://twitter.com/espn/status/1124135409263321088

Jimmy Butler, the Game 2 star, dunked off his own steal and the Sixers had quickly put the game out of reach. Butler had 22 points.

Leonard scored 33 points for the Raptors, and Siakam had 20.

Ben Simmons in the tunnel at Philadelphia

- with AAP

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