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Simmons catches up with Charles Barkley with 18-rebound performance
Ben Simmons continues to dazzle fans with yet another double-double stat line today, recording 31 points, 18 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks in a 118-113 victory against the Washington Wizards.
Despite shooting only 3 of 18 from the three-point line, the Philadelphia 76ers as a team easily dominated the rebounding edge against Washington, and more than made up for the poor shooting. They held a 64-35 advantage in total rebounds, with 21 offensive rebounds grabbed.
Simmons, who led the team with 18 rebounds --teammates Embiid had 14, Covington 12-- also had the heaviest playing time by far with 40:36.
He also made Sixers history as the latest rookie to record 18 rebounds, the last record holder being Hall of Famer Charles Barkley in 1985.
Simmons' 31 points --despite missing 14 of his 29 free throws-- and 18 rebounds also mark new career highs, as well as his fourth 20-point, 10-rebound game.
Washington's strategy of putting Simmons at the line also clocked a new record for him, in the column of rookie free throws.
Simmons definitely hasn't had his best game yet, but continues to create new highs, as he adjusts to the NBA game.
It's not a sure thing yet, but Rookie of the Year is still well within his grasp, should things continue this way.
Ben Simmons highlights vs Washington