Ben Simmons almost stopped LeBron’s pass to AD — can’t get em all.
Ben Simmons almost stopped LeBron’s pass to AD — can’t get em all.

‘Outplayed the King’: Simmons ruins history

Aussie NBA superstar Ben Simmons has pulled out another blinder of a performance to deny LeBron James' LA Lakers on the night the legend became the third highest scorer in NBA history.

Simmons continued to excel without All-Star centre Joel Embiid in the side, piling on 28 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists to fall just short of the triple double as the Philadelphia 76ers claimed a 108-91 win over the high-flying Lakers.

He also added four steals to become the only player in the league with nine games with four or more steals.

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The 23-year-old Aussie has silenced his sceptics recently with a run of brilliance.

In the past nine games, he has averaged 21.6 points per games, 9.5 rebound and 7.9 assists and 2.3 steals.

Damn, Ben Simmons got game.
Damn, Ben Simmons got game.

In his last seven games, Simmons has scored 20 points or more in six of the games, while claiming 10 rebounds in five of the games.

 

After his All-Star starter snub during the week, it was a perfect reaction from the Aussie.

And he was also able to spoil the LeBron James party as the star moved past Kobe Bryant into sole possession of third place on the list of all-time NBA scorers.

Midway through the third quarter, LeBron hit a layup to pass Bryant and received a warm response, despite his Lakers being 20 points down on the scoreboard.

 

Even Bryant responded on social media with love for the superstar.

 

Simmons, who proved to be a thorn in the side of LeBron throughout the game, also had a warm embrace with the Lakers' superstar as they shared a few words.

It leaves LeBron on 33,655 points behind only Karl Malone on 36,928 points and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on 38,387.

Simmons was asked about LeBron post match and shared nothing by love.

"Awesome, he's an all-time superstar, megastar, I've got a lot of respect for him, that guy's my brother, congrats to him," he said.

 

LeBron hugs Ben Simmons after making history.
LeBron hugs Ben Simmons after making history.

 

He wasn't the only one paying tribute to LeBron with Sixers coach Brett Brown also praising the Laker.

"Just as a fan, you step back and you just watch his body of work, no matter where he goes, and it is just off-the-charts unique," he said. "And he does it with class. He really, amongst all his successes, and the attention that he receives on a daily basis, and the content need that your job requires, he doesn't seem to blink."

As for Simmons, Brown called his star "really special", praise that was echoed by social media, with fans brushing off his lack of three point shooting after 28 points in the paint.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LeBron's historic moment comes just days after Michael Jordan gave a rare insight into his beliefs regarding the NBA GOAT debate.

While many consider MJ the man, LeBron has been mounting a case.

But the billionaire and Charlotte Hornets owner said it's hard to compare the pair.

"I just think we played in different eras. He's an unbelievable player," Jordan said.

"He's one of the best players in the world, if not the best player in the world. I know it's a natural tendency to compare eras to eras, and it's going to continue to happen. I'm a fan of his. I love watching him play.

"But as you can see, our league is starting to expand [with] very talented players. I think he's made his mark. He will continue to do so over a period of time, but when you start the comparisons, I think it is what it is.

"It's just a stand-up measurement, and I take it with a grain of salt. He's a heck of a basketball player without a doubt."