The Philadelphia 76ers (1-3) earned their first win of the season Monday by defeating the Detroit Pistons (2-2), 97-86, and point-forward Ben Simmons recorded his first career triple-double — tallying 21 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.
.@BenSimmons25 records his first triple-double and his fourth-straight double-double!
? 21 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists pic.twitter.com/8IleDT5hqK
— NBA TV (@NBATV) October 24, 2017
Simmons has lived up to the hype and then some after missing his rookie season with a foot injury.
He came into tonight registering a double-double in his first three games and doesn’t look to be fazed at all by the speed of the NBA game.
Simmons showed off his marvelous court vision on a bevy of plays against the Pistons, none better than this corner pass to guard T.J. McConnell for the open three.
Simmons' court vision is so A+. pic.twitter.com/AOR5qRw7PE
— Justin Russo (@FlyByKnite) October 24, 2017
After the game, Simmons said he has one goal and that’s to win as many games as possible. The 21-year-old is also happy to be teammates with Joel Embiid and not on the other side of him.
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) October 24, 2017
Embiid was an absolute monster all game long and Pistons center Andre Drummond, who is actually a really good defender, stood no chance.
In 28 minutes, Embiid scored 30 points and racked up nine rebounds while shooting an efficient 11-of-15 from the field.
For the Pistons, they have to be disappointed with the crowd turnouts for their home games thus far.
There were plenty of empty seats tonight, and the fans that did show up, were pretty much booing the team the whole game.
Pistons and 76ers set to tip. Everyone must be in the concourse pic.twitter.com/ukZZOK9Kll
— Dan Feldman (@DanFeldmanNBA) October 23, 2017
Simmons and the Sixers will look to make it two straight wins when they host the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.
The Pistons, meanwhile, will take on the Minnesota Timberwolves.