The Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons in action against the Washington Wizards in Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons in action against the Washington Wizards in Philadelphia. Matt Slocum

Tough tactics fail to halt Simmons

BEN Simmons has been put to the test in ruthless fashion but helped his Philadelphia 76ers to a 118-113 win over the Washington Wizards.

The Aussie star was targeted a stunning 12 straight times in the fourth quarter, handing him the NBA single-quarter record for free throw attempts (24).

Simmons ultimately registered 29 free-throw attempts, making just 15 in a career-high 31-point haul.

Asked if he thought teams would continue the strategy, he said, "Not if I'm making them. It's not gonna happen for that much longer - I'm gonna knock them down.”

Coach Brett Brown praised Simmons for "dealing with that type of pressure”.



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