Ben Simmons was benched for the final nine minutes of the Brooklyn Nets’ 137-133 loss to the 76ers as the Australian was relentlessly booed by the Philadelphia crowd.
Simmons finished the game with 12 points, five rebounds and five assists, catching fire in the third quarter as the 26-year-old started to drive with aggression towards the rim.
The Australian scored all 12 of his points in that period, otherwise struggling to assert himself on the offensive end in a scoreless first half.
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It had ESPN’s Kendrick Perkins declaring at halftime that Simmons was “afraid of the moment”.
“While Tyrese Maxey’s been the X-Factor, Ben’s been no factor,”…