76ers win over Warriors may have been best game of Ben Simmons’ career

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Ben Simmons may have played the best game of his career on Thursday when the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Golden State Warriors.

There’s a popular saying in the professional sports in regards to being the best, one has to challenge the best, and Ben Simmons certainly helped the Philadelphia 76ers make a statement on Thursday when they defeated one of the NBA’s hottest teams in the Golden State Warriors.

Prior to Thursday’s game, the Warriors had been playing some of their best basketball, as winners of 11 games in a row, peaking just at the right time with All-Star Weekend right around the corner.

When taking into consideration that Philadelphia had also lost 10 in a row to Golden State, it was clear just how meaningful a win over the defending champions would be to help Brett Brown’s team make another statement in regards to being able to compete with the top teams.

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Not only did the Sixers use a strong third quarter to help pull off the 113-104 win on the road, Ben Simmons arguably played the best of his game after finishing with 26 points to go along with eight rebounds and six assists.

While this may not seem as big of a deal since Simmons has already put together plenty of performances like this over the last two seasons, this outing seemed much more special for the Australian native since it was such a meaningful game for Philadelphia.

Whether it was the announcement of the guard earning his fir All-Star nod or simply the extra motivation to take down a serious contender like the Warriors in front of a national audience, some are saying Thursday was the best game of Simmons’ career, and they may be right.

Unfortunately for the Sixers, there have been numerous occasions when the team has come up short in big games like this, and thanks to the extra effort by Simmons, the results were much better this time around.

By helping Philadelphia show they can in fact compete against a team like Golden State in a hostile environment shows this team deserves to be in the serious contender category along with all the other teams.

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Simmons and the rest of his teammates still have a lot to prove over the next couple of months, but at least with Thursday’s win over the Warriors, the Sixers will hopefully be playing with a whole new level of confidence.