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Simmons has 31 points, 18 rebs as 76ers beat Wizards 118-113

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Ben Simmons foiled the Hack-a-Shaq strategy.

Simmons scored 31 points, grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds and overcame several intentional fouls, leading the Philadelphia 76ers to a 118-113 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.

After cutting a 22-point deficit to single digits with five minutes left, the Wizards started fouling Simmons, who entered the game shooting 56.6 percent from the line. He went 15 for 29, but made six of his last eight. His 24 attempts in the fourth were an NBA record for one quarter, according to ESPN Stats & Info, and the 29 overall set a league mark for rookies.

''I have no fear of taking free throws,'' Simmons said. ''It's not going to happen for much longer.''

Joel Embiid had 25 points and 14 rebounds, and Dario Saric added 24 points to help the Sixers (12-8) win for the sixth time in eight games.

Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 22 points and Bradley Beal and Jodie Meeks each had 21 for the Wizards (11-10), who have lost five of seven.

The Wizards cut the deficit to 14 when Meeks hit consecutive 3-pointers. It was 96-88 when Washington began to send Simmons to the foul line. He missed four of eight free throws as Philadelphia's lead dwindled to 100-97 with 3:35 to go.

''It's not my rule, it's an NBA rule,'' Wizards coach Scott Brooks said about fouling Simmons. ''Just trying to do whatever it takes to cut the lead. His free throw percentage is not good at the moment so it gave us a chance to shoot 3s while they hopefully miss free throws.''

After Simmons made one and missed one, Embiid grabbed the rebound and got fouled. He made one of two. Beals then missed a jumper and Simmons again went to the line and made both, extending the lead to 104-97.

''It's frustrating, but I trust Ben to step up and he did a great job,'' Embiid said.

Beal answered with a 3 before Simmons made two more free throws. Simmons then made one and missed one and Embiid fouled out, sending Beal to the line for three. He made all three.

Tomas Satoransky's short jumper trimmed Philadelphia's lead to 116-113 with 11.4 seconds left, but Jerryd Bayless iced it at the foul line.

Sixers coach Brett Brown said he considered removing Simmons from the game, but chose to let him work through it.

''We decided to roll with Ben and it's going to be part of his evolution,'' Brown said. ''He's going to have a long career and he has to navigate through this. It's going to be part of his growth.''

Already playing without injured star John Wall, the Wizards lost Beal for the rest of the first half when he took a shot to the face from Bayless on a layup and sustained a bruise. Beal returned in the third quarter

Embiid blocked two shots in a six-second span in the first half. He also swatted Tim Frazier's shot to start a fast break, took a pass from Simmons and threw down a dunk. Saric made the highlight reel by flipping a behind-the-back pass to Robert Covington driving for a layup a few minutes in.

WARM WELCOME

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was in attendance and posed for pictures with fans in the third quarter as he walked through the crowd. One fan yelled: ''Take the NFL job.''

TIP-INS

Wizards: Wall missed his third straight game with a sore left knee.

76ers: Embiid will sit out against Boston on Thursday because the team isn't ready to have him play on back-to-back nights after he fought through injuries his first three seasons, missing the first two years. ... Point guard T.J. McConnell exited the game with a bruised left shoulder. X-rays were negative but Brown doesn't expect McConnell to play vs. the Celtics.

UP NEXT

Wizards: Host the Detroit Pistons on Friday.

76ers: Visit the Boston Celtics on Thursday.

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Key Players
B. Beal
3 G
J. Embiid
21 C
29.4 Min. Per Game 29.4
22.8 Pts. Per Game 22.8
3.2 Ast. Per Game 3.2
11.2 Reb. Per Game 11.2
46.0 Field Goal % 49.3
46.3 Three Point % 49.8
81.7 Free Throw % 75.9
+ 1 Jerryd Bayless made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:00
  Team rebound 0:01
  Jerryd Bayless missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:01
  Personal foul on Jodie Meeks 0:00
  Offensive rebound by Dario Saric 0:04
  Jerryd Bayless missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:05
+ 1 Jerryd Bayless made 1st of 2 free throws 0:05
  Personal foul on Tomas Satoransky 0:05
+ 2 Tomas Satoransky made floating jump shot, assist by Otto Porter 0:11
+ 1 Dario Saric made free throw 0:22
+ 1 Jodie Meeks made free throw 0:22
Team Stats
Points 113 118
Field Goals 36-89 (40.4%) 37-81 (45.7%)
3-Pointers 9-22 (40.9%) 3-18 (16.7%)
Free Throws 32-37 (86.5%) 41-64 (64.1%)
Total Rebounds 46 79
Offensive 7 21
Defensive 28 43
Team 11 15
Assists 22 23
Steals 8 6
Blocks 4 8
Turnovers 12 17
Fouls 42 27
Technicals 0 3
22 PTS, 7 REB, 4 AST
31 PTS, 18 REB, 4 AST
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away team logo Wizards 11-10 18222548113
home team logo 76ers 12-8 28302634118
Team Stats
away team logo Wizards 11-10 107.2 PPG 40 RPG 23.3 APG
home team logo 76ers 12-8 108.8 PPG 49.5 RPG 25.8 APG
Key Players
K. Oubre F 11.8 PPG 4.5 RPG 1.2 APG 40.3 FG%
B. Simmons G 15.8 PPG 8.1 RPG 8.2 APG 54.5 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Oubre F 22 PTS 7 REB 4 AST
B. Simmons G 31 PTS 18 REB 4 AST
40.4 FG% 45.7
40.9 3PT FG% 16.7
86.5 FT% 64.1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Beal 22 21 4 1 1 0 0 6 6/12 4/5 5/5 0 4 28 -9
O. Porter 25 8 4 2 3 0 2 2 3/14 0/2 2/2 1 3 17 -22
M. Morris 16 7 2 0 0 0 1 3 3/9 1/3 0/0 0 2 8 -15
M. Gortat 20 6 2 1 0 1 0 2 3/7 0/0 0/2 0 2 11 -20
T. Frazier 19 4 3 3 0 0 3 2 2/4 0/1 0/0 1 2 10 -15
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Beal 22 21 4 1 1 0 0 6 6/12 4/5 5/5 0 4 28 -9
O. Porter 25 8 4 2 3 0 2 2 3/14 0/2 2/2 1 3 17 -22
M. Morris 16 7 2 0 0 0 1 3 3/9 1/3 0/0 0 2 8 -15
M. Gortat 20 6 2 1 0 1 0 2 3/7 0/0 0/2 0 2 11 -20
T. Frazier 19 4 3 3 0 0 3 2 2/4 0/1 0/0 1 2 10 -15
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Oubre 28 22 7 4 1 1 3 6 7/15 1/3 7/7 2 5 36 +5
J. Meeks 26 21 4 1 1 0 1 5 5/11 3/6 8/9 1 3 27 +11
T. Satoransky 28 12 2 8 0 0 0 5 4/7 0/0 4/4 0 2 30 +10
I. Mahinmi 25 8 2 1 2 0 1 4 2/3 0/0 4/6 0 2 13 +17
C. McCullough 17 4 4 1 0 1 0 5 1/6 0/2 2/2 1 3 11 +19
M. Scott 8 0 1 0 0 1 1 2 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 0 1 -6
J. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Wall - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Young - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Mac - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 113 35 22 8 4 12 42 36/89 9/22 32/37 7 28 192 -25
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Simmons 40 31 18 4 2 2 6 3 8/16 0/1 15/29 5 13 55 +11
J. Embiid 32 25 14 4 1 4 3 6 6/15 0/0 13/18 7 7 49 +3
D. Saric 32 24 8 2 1 0 1 2 8/12 1/3 7/7 2 6 36 +6
R. Covington 33 9 12 1 2 0 3 4 4/12 1/5 0/0 5 7 22 +8
J. Redick 30 8 0 4 0 1 1 4 4/12 0/5 0/0 0 0 16 -8
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Simmons 40 31 18 4 2 2 6 3 8/16 0/1 15/29 5 13 55 +11
J. Embiid 32 25 14 4 1 4 3 6 6/15 0/0 13/18 7 7 49 +3
D. Saric 32 24 8 2 1 0 1 2 8/12 1/3 7/7 2 6 36 +6
R. Covington 33 9 12 1 2 0 3 4 4/12 1/5 0/0 5 7 22 +8
J. Redick 30 8 0 4 0 1 1 4 4/12 0/5 0/0 0 0 16 -8
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Bayless 25 14 1 4 0 0 1 0 4/7 0/1 6/8 1 0 22 +6
T. McConnell 15 4 2 1 0 0 1 4 2/2 0/0 0/0 0 2 7 +9
T. Luwawu-Cabarrot 15 3 3 1 0 0 1 3 1/4 1/3 0/0 0 3 7 -11
A. Johnson 13 0 6 2 0 1 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/2 1 5 11 +1
J. Pullen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Holmes - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Stauskas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. McAdoo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Okafor - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Korkmaz - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Fultz - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 118 64 23 6 8 17 27 37/81 3/18 41/64 21 43 225 +25