There was no James Harden for the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday (AEDT), but it turns out this Ben Simmons bloke can play.

After being dragged into NBA trade drama for the very first time in his young career, Simmons, who was supposedly part of Philly’s stopped working offer for Harden, assembled an efficiency that reminded anybody who needed reminding just what he can.

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Simmons secured his second triple-double of the season with 10 points (4-8 FG), 10 rebounds, 12 helps, and 3 takes as the two-way star led the Sixers to a 125-108 win over a weakened Miami Heat system.

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It was the 24-year-old Australian’s 30th profession triple-double in his 228th game as he became the third-fastest in NBA history– behind Oscar Robinson (75 video games) and Magic Johnson (190)– to reach the mark. He’s just the 24th player ever to reach 30 profession triple-doubles in the NBA.

Without Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, Goran Dragic and plenty more, Miami was never actually in the video game after forcing OT versus Philadelphia on Wednesday.

Duncan Robinson top-scored for the Heat with 22 points, Gabe Vincent tallied 21 points and eight helps, while Tyler Herro included 17. Shake Milton was the high guy for Philadelphia with 31 points off the bench, Tobias Harris scored 18, while Joel Embiid could only put up nine points and 5 rebounds in his 23 minutes.

Philadelphia enhanced to 9-4 with the win, while the Heat dropped to 4-6 on the young season.

More to come!

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