And yet, people say he doesn't play defense. James could have tied the game with 1.9 seconds left.
Simmons has amassed 12 triple-doubles and has six in his past 14 games as Philadelphia made it five successive wins without All-Star centre Joel Embiid, who is recovering from a concussion and surgery to fix a fractured orbital bone.
The Cleveland Cavaliers will wrap up their back-to-back set with a matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night. They have James on their side, the league's premier player who is in the midst of one of the best stretches of his career and hasn't lost an Eastern Conference playoff series since 2010.For them, they don't believe it matters where. You're going through highs and lows. That made this game a tremendous learning experience. He had 15 points and nine assists against the Heat on Tuesday and also had big games against Minnesota (20pg, 8 assists) and Houston (26pt) in the last two weeks. "Probably one of the greatest players to ever play, if not, the greatest", Simmons said immediately after the game in an interview with NBC Sports Philadelphia.
"Like I said before the game, I'll say it after the game and probably five years from now I'll say the same thing", he said.
"I already knew that on the play before that when I drove on LeBron that I wasn't gonna get a call, so why put myself in that position?" With the athletes Toronto has and the physical defense that is enforced though, they are going to be the most challenging team to face before the NBA Finals.
More speculation has emerged that "King James" will choose to play in the 'City of Brotherly Love'.
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James was booed each time he touched the ball and signs were spotted in the stands that read "Keep Cryin' in Cleveland" and "We Don't Want You". "It started with A.I". "Philly fans haven't changed".
This year they supposedly took a big step back. They're riding on win streak. "Obviously riding the winning streak, you know, and also you add in Villanova and you add in the Eagles, obviously that helps as well but it has always been kind of rowdy coming here".
Their revamped style, talented backcourt and young, potent bench will make them a tough out, especially when considering the true homecourt advantage (33-7) they will possess.The Sixers, who have won 13 straight, showed how risky they could be during Friday's win.Despite not having All-Star Joel Embiid, the Sixers sprinted past the Cavs in the first half, scoring 78 points and attacking Cleveland at every level.The second half was a different story. "I love talking the game, so I don't think of it being a problem at all".
In December, the Warriors needed only 10 minutes to flip a 22-point halftime deficit to Philadelphia into a lead and runaway win and in January.
Simmons threw a lob pass from half court to Richaun Holmes for a high-flying dunk.
The Cavaliers mounted a furious comeback in the third and fourth quarters.