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NBA: Ben Simmons and Thon Maker step up for Philadelphia 76ers and Milwaukee Bucks

11 February 2018 9:56 AM
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Philadelphia 76ers rookie Ben Simmons scored 14 points in his latest NBA double double while Thon Maker had 13 points for the Milwaukee Bucks as both Australians were on winning sides on Saturday.

Simmons' Sixers overpowered the Los Angeles Clippers 112-98 to claim their third-straight victory while Maker's Bucks beat the Orlando Magic 111-104.

Simmons added 10 assists and five rebounds to complement a game high 29 points and 16 rebounds from All-Star teammate Joel Embiid.

JJ Redick and TJ McConnell each had 17 points for the 76ers, who improved to 28-25 to be clear of the Detroit Pistons in eighth spot in the east.

Former Sixers guard Lou Williams led the Clippers with 23 points, and Danilo Gallinari had 22.

In Orlando, centre Maker made five of eight field goals, including a three- pointer as the Bucks fought back from a half-time deficit.

All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo had 32 points and Jason Terry came off the bench to score 11 points in the second half for the Bucks (31-24).

Mario Hezonja led Orlando with 23 points, but the Magic's struggles from long range proved costly - at one point missing 14 straight three-point shots.

Anthony Davis had 44 points and 17 rebounds while Rajon Rondo had a triple- double as the New Orleans Pelicans needed double overtime to get past the Brooklyn Nets 138-128.

In Oakland, Steve Kerr became the fastest coach to 250 wins in NBA history, getting the better of old pal Gregg Popovich in the Golden State Warriors' 122-105 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.

LaMarcus Aldridge and Kyle Anderson had 20 points apiece for the Spurs, who played without Kawhi Leonard (torn quad), Tony Parker (back tightness), Rudy Gay (bursitis in right heel) and Dejounte Murray (sprained left ankle). Aussie guard Patty Mills had seven points but could only hit the target with one of his five three-point attempts.

The victory allowed Kerr to reach 250 career wins in just 302 games, 44 faster than Phil Jackson's previous record. He has lost just 52 times in his career.

In Chicago, Tomas Satoransky scored a career-high 25 points, giving short-handed Washington some badly needed help as they defeated slumping Chicago 101-90.

Veteran Dirk Nowitzki turned back the clock by scoring a season-high 22 points as Dallas made key plays down the stretch to beat new-look Los Angeles 130-123 while all five starters scored in double figures as Denver pulled away in the second half to beat Phoenix 123-113.

Source: theage.com.au

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