Aussie Isaac Humphries, in usually his second NBA game, has won bragging rights over compatriots Ben Simmons and Jonah Bolden, his squalid Atlanta Hawks claiming a 130-122 win over a playoff-bound Philadelphia 76ers.
To be fair, Humphries, after scoring 4 points in his entrance yesterday, usually had 5 mins of bake — blank both his shots — as Trae Young continued to interest his late explain for Rookie of a Year honours with 33 points and 12 assists.
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SPACE JAM: NO MELBOURNE FOR LEBRON
Simmons still put adult a ostentatious statline — 15 points, 15 rebounds 8 assists and 4 steals — though he shot usually 6/17 from a margin and battled tainted difficulty from a start of a second quarter. He also copped one in a face, losing a tooth.
Bolden continued to start in a deficiency of star Joel Embiid, producing his initial career double double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, though struggled defensively as Young and large teammate John Collins shredded him in a collect and roll.
The dual Sixers showed no forgiveness for their Aussie compatriot, in a second entertain Simmons initial deserted Humphries during one finish of a building and afterwards Bolden scored over him during a other.
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John Collins supposing a foil for Young, pouring in 25 points as 7 Hawks reached double digits. Sharpshooter JJ Redick hold glow for a Sixers with 6 treys on his approach to 30 points.
Simmons, who fought a open fight with Utah’s Donovan Mitchell before eventually winning final year’s Rookie of a Year award, has annointed Dallas youngster Luka Doncic as his successor.
“Same reason as final year. He’s personification better. His group is winning some-more games,” Simmons pronounced this week.
“Trae Young is murdering it; same as Donovan (Mitchell). But altogether we usually consider that Luka has his group personification a small improved and he’s usually doing a small bit more.”
But Young pronounced after a win Simmons competence wish to have a rethink.
“I don’t unequivocally compensate too most courtesy to it,” Young said.
“Maybe he thinks differently now, for me we usually try to go out have fun, contest and we don’t caring what he says.”
Remarkably, Atlanta won a deteriorate array opposite Philly, 3 games to one, notwithstanding struggling to a 29-50 record.
The 49-29 Sixers had a misfortune probable credentials for tomorrow’s strife with Giannis Antetokounmpo and a league-pacing Milwaukee Bucks, while Humphries will get another possibility to stir when a Hawks take on a Orlando Magic.
BAYNES FIRES FOR CELTICS
Aussie building Aron Baynes had a large diversion for Boston, creation all 3 of his shots in a 10-point, 10-rebound double double that helped a Celtics to a second true win over a Miami Heat, 112-102, a team’s fourth in a final five.
Gordon Hayward had 25 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists off a dais and Al Horford had 21 points as a 47-32 Celtics (fourth) hold Indiana (fifth) during brook in a East. Dion Waiters led a Heat with 21.
THON STRUGGLES IN PISTONS’ DIRTY DAY
Fellow Aussie centre Thon Maker started and played 33 mins in star Blake Griffin’s absence, though it wasn’t flattering as Detroit went down to a Pacers 108-89. Maker missed all 4 of his shots, his dual points entrance from a giveaway chuck line, adding 4 rebounds with an assist, a take and a block. Andre Drummond had a beast in a losing effort, with 28 points, 19 rebounds 3 assists, 3 steals and 3 blocks, while Thaddeus Young led a offset Indiana with 21.