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Simmons' triple-double helps 76ers top Bulls 115-101

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Ben Simmons wasn't among the players selected as an All-Star Game reserve - and the rookie showed what the league will be missing.

Simmons had 19 points, 17 rebounds and 14 assists for his fifth triple-double of the season to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 115-101 victory over the Chicago Bulls.

Dario Saric added 21 points and 10 rebounds and Joel Embiid had 22 points for the 76ers, who have won seven of 10.

''I wish I did make it,'' Simmons said, ''but hopefully there will be plenty more years.''

Embiid, picked to be a starter for the Eastern Conference last week, thinks the omission spurred Simmons.

''He was focused,'' Embiid said. ''He just wanted it.''

Philadelphia played without guards JJ Redick (left leg), T.J. McConnell (personal) and Jerryd Bayless (left wrist), but Simmons picked up the slack.

The rookie was just two assists away from a triple-double in the first half when he helped the 76ers to a 55-41 halftime lead with 11 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists. His slam dunk with 7:40 left in the third quarter was part of a dominating period for Philadelphia.

Embiid's 3-pointer with 4:23 left in the third stretched the 76ers' lead to 25 points at 79-54. Embiid threw his hands up to get an already excited Philadelphia sports crowd even more revved up.

Philadelphia has had difficulty protecting late leads this season and blew a 15-point second-half advantage in Monday's 105-101 loss at Memphis, but the 25-point cushion was more than enough for the hot-shooting 76ers.

Philadelphia coach Brett Brown ostensibly called out Simmons and Embiid after the loss to the Grizzlies, saying, ''Our stars weren't stars tonight.''

He had praise for them following Wednesday's victory.

''They were really good tonight, and they were really good in the areas we needed them to be,'' he said.

Bobby Portis scored 22 points and Zach LaVine had 21 for the Bulls.

The Bulls, who began play five games behind the eighth-place 76ers in the East, have been playing better basketball of late. But Chicago still could have been reeling from Monday's 132-128 double-overtime loss to New Orleans in which the Bulls blew an 18-point fourth-quarter lead.

''There was probably a little hangover from that game, but you can't let it affect the way you play,'' Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. ''I don't think we came out with any grit, toughness tonight. It just kind of became `my-turn shot.' A guy took a bad one and he said, `Well, if he's going to take a bad one, I'm going to take a bad one.' It just kind of trickled down.''

RISING STARS

Chicago did get some good news before the game as Kris Dunn and Lauri Markkanen were selected by the league's assistant coaches to the Rising Stars game, which features first- and second-year players and will be played on Feb. 16. Dunn will play on the U.S. team while Markkanen will compete for the World squad.

Embiid, Simmons and Saric will team with Markkanen on the World team in the Rising Stars game.

FLY, EAGLES, FLY

With Philadelphia set to play the Patriots next week in the Super Bowl, the crowd erupted in several E-A-G-L-E-S! chants during the game.

''I was happy,'' Embiid said. ''Got one more game. Saint Nick (Foles) did a great job.''

TIP-INS

Bulls: Ryan Arcidiacono, who played college ball at nearby Villanova, received a loud cheer when he entered with 3:13 left in the first quarter. ... Dunn (concussion) missed his third straight game.

76ers: Former Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels got a standing ovation when he was introduced in the second quarter. ... Former heavyweight champ Evander Holyfield and NFL Hall of Famer Franco Harris sat a few seats from each other courtside. ... Philadelphia made 16 3-pointers, finishing 16 for 32.

UP NEXT

Bulls: Host the Lakers on Friday night.

76ers: Begin four-game road trip at San Antonio Friday night.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Out of bounds turnover on Ryan Arcidiacono 0:10
+ 1 Justin Anderson made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:23
  Justin Anderson missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:23
  Team rebound 0:23
  Shooting foul on Bobby Portis 0:23
  Bad pass turnover on Cristiano Felicio, stolen by Justin Anderson 0:23
  Defensive rebound by Cristiano Felicio 0:23
  James Young missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:28
  Defensive rebound by James Young 0:43
  Cristiano Felicio missed hook shot 0:45
  Defensive rebound by Cristiano Felicio 0:57
Team Stats
Points 101 115
Field Goals 36-94 (38.3%) 42-81 (51.9%)
3-Pointers 11-37 (29.7%) 16-32 (50.0%)
Free Throws 18-22 (81.8%) 15-20 (75.0%)
Total Rebounds 53 53
Offensive 10 6
Defensive 33 42
Team 10 5
Assists 20 31
Steals 8 6
Blocks 2 7
Turnovers 11 14
Fouls 15 20
Technicals 1 0
22 PTS, 11 REB, 2 AST
19 PTS, 17 REB, 14 AST
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away team logo Bulls 18-30 16252634101
home team logo 76ers 23-21 25303030115
Team Stats
away team logo Bulls 18-30 101.2 PPG 41.3 RPG 21.5 APG
home team logo 76ers 23-21 113.7 PPG 47.2 RPG 26.6 APG
Key Players
B. Portis PF 11.4 PPG 7.6 RPG 1.3 APG 43.0 FG%
J. Embiid C 26.4 PPG 13.3 RPG 3.6 APG 47.2 FG%
Top Scorers
B. Portis PF 22 PTS 11 REB 2 AST
J. Embiid C 22 PTS 5 REB 3 AST
38.3 FG% 51.9
29.7 3PT FG% 50.0
81.8 FT% 75.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
Z. LaVine 24 21 7 3 1 0 3 1 8/15 3/5 2/2 0 7 32 -5
L. Markkanen 22 12 3 2 0 0 0 1 5/13 1/5 1/1 1 2 19 -34
J. Grant 25 7 1 3 1 0 2 3 2/6 1/1 2/2 0 1 13 -22
J. Holiday 25 5 1 1 0 0 1 2 2/11 1/7 0/0 0 1 7 -24
R. Lopez 18 2 6 0 1 1 1 1 1/6 0/0 0/0 3 3 9 -26
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
Z. LaVine 24 21 7 3 1 0 3 1 8/15 3/5 2/2 0 7 32 -5
L. Markkanen 22 12 3 2 0 0 0 1 5/13 1/5 1/1 1 2 19 -34
J. Grant 25 7 1 3 1 0 2 3 2/6 1/1 2/2 0 1 13 -22
J. Holiday 25 5 1 1 0 0 1 2 2/11 1/7 0/0 0 1 7 -24
R. Lopez 18 2 6 0 1 1 1 1 1/6 0/0 0/0 3 3 9 -26
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Portis 25 22 11 2 3 0 0 1 8/12 1/2 5/6 5 6 40 +20
N. Mirotic 25 15 3 0 0 0 0 0 5/15 2/8 3/3 0 3 18 +12
D. Nwaba 21 10 5 4 1 0 1 2 3/4 1/1 3/6 1 4 23 -1
D. Valentine 23 7 3 3 1 0 1 4 2/9 1/6 2/2 0 3 16 -6
Q. Pondexter 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 +1
C. Felicio 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 1 0
P. Zipser 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 1 0
R. Arcidiacono 17 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1 4 +15
K. Dunn - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Payne - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Blakeney - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 233 101 43 20 8 2 11 15 36/94 11/37 18/22 10 33 183 -70
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Embiid 31 22 5 3 0 2 3 3 10/17 1/2 1/1 0 5 32 +9
D. Saric 27 21 10 2 1 0 2 0 6/9 4/5 5/5 1 9 34 +31
B. Simmons 38 19 17 14 0 2 6 4 6/15 0/0 7/10 3 14 60 +18
R. Covington 32 16 4 5 1 2 2 4 6/9 4/7 0/0 0 4 31 -1
T. Luwawu-Cabarrot 33 12 3 2 1 0 1 2 4/8 4/7 0/0 0 3 19 +15
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Embiid 31 22 5 3 0 2 3 3 10/17 1/2 1/1 0 5 32 +9
D. Saric 27 21 10 2 1 0 2 0 6/9 4/5 5/5 1 9 34 +31
B. Simmons 38 19 17 14 0 2 6 4 6/15 0/0 7/10 3 14 60 +18
R. Covington 32 16 4 5 1 2 2 4 6/9 4/7 0/0 0 4 31 -1
T. Luwawu-Cabarrot 33 12 3 2 1 0 1 2 4/8 4/7 0/0 0 3 19 +15
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Anderson 20 12 1 1 2 0 0 2 5/7 1/2 1/2 1 0 17 +23
T. Booker 17 6 5 1 0 0 0 0 3/5 0/0 0/0 1 4 13 -16
J. Young 12 4 1 0 0 0 0 2 1/5 1/5 1/2 0 1 5 -12
A. Johnson 11 3 1 1 1 1 0 1 1/2 1/1 0/0 0 1 8 +11
R. Holmes 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1 3 -4
J. Redick - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bayless - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Drew - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. McConnell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Korkmaz - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Fultz - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 225 115 48 31 6 7 14 20 42/81 16/32 15/20 6 42 222 +74