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.

https://twitter.com/SixersStats/status/936057533952913409

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.

https://twitter.com/statmuse/status/936074302402826240

Washington's strategy of putting Simmons at the line also clocked a new record for him, in the column of rookie free throws.

https://twitter.com/statmuse/status/936077539235295233

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

https://youtu.be/WEM-OoX4PX0