Game Recap: Simmons’ triple-double lifts 76ers over Pistons, 97-86
Tonight, the Detroit Pistons (2-2) gave the Philadelphia 76ers (1-3) their first win of the season, falling 97-86. The 76ers were led by their barrage of young talent, most notably Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. Simmons recorded his first triple-double (21 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists) of his very young career while Embiid poured in 30 points.
After the game, Simmons stated “It’s awesome to have a triple-double, but at the same time, it’s even better to have win.”
Coach Stan Van Gundy addressed the media after the game regarding Simmons and Embiid.
“(Joel) Embiid obviously shot the ball really well, he did turn it over seven times so I thought there were times where we bothered him, but he shot the ball well. Our rotations, we were really, really slow coming to him on rolls and (Ben) Simmons I’m going take the blame on that one, I am because I just didn’t find an answer with him at all, I did not. I’m not trying to protect anybody. There are things that guys could’ve done better but game plan wise I did a really, really poor job in terms of Simmons.”
As a team, the 76ers out-shot (46.7fg% vs 33.8fg%) out-rebounded (49 vs 39), and moved the ball better (25 vs 14 assists) than the Pistons. Coach Van Gundy citied a slow start for the second consecutive game as one of the teams’ many problems tonight.
“It’s a little bit mind boggling, two games in a row where we just really weren’t ready. I didn’t think we played as hard as we were capable of at the start of the game, so we have to figure that out whether it’s those five guys, changing their mindset or whether we have to change the line up to get some guys in there who can be ready to go at the beginning of the game. That was disappointing tonight at the start of the game, the whole thing was disappointing but the start was disappointing in terms of the effort.”
Reggie Jackson led Detroit in scoring with 16 points while dishing 7 assists. Andre Drummond posted a double-double (14 points, 14 rebounds) while Avery Bradley scored 15 points. Tobias Harris, who averaged 24.3 points in his first three games, struggled mightily tonight, shooting 5 of 16, finishing with only 11 points. Off the bench, no one stood out as Langston Galloway led the scoring with only 9 points.
Detroit will look to bounce back from this loss on Wednesday night when they take on the revamped Minnesota Timberwolves (2-1) at 7pm EST at the Little Caesars Arena.
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