The Sixers were able to hold off the Magic for a thrilling 126-125 victory in double overtime on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center (see story).
Now that the dust has settled, let’s take a closer look at some numbers from the action.
• There have been nine triple-doubles in the NBA this season and four of them have come at the Wells Fargo Center.
• According to Elias, the last time two players recorded their first career triple-doubles in the same game was when Pistons Donnie Butcher and Ray Scott did it on March 14, 1964.
• Andre Iguodala was the last Sixers’ rookie to get a triple-double, going for 10, 10 and 10 on March 23, 2005.
• Michael Carter-Williams is the second Sixer to get a triple-double this season. Tony Wroten got one against Houston on Nov. 13 in his first career start.
• The Sixers topped 120 points for the third time this season. They haven’t scored 120-plus more than three times since 1993-94.
• The Sixers played double overtime at home for the first time since Jan. 13, 2006 when they beat the Celtics in triple OT.
• The Sixers are 3-1 in overtime games this season and 1-1 in double-OT games.
MIAMI — Scratch that January timetable for Ben Simmons, at least for now.
Sixers coach Brett Brown said on Friday night that he “misspoke” earlier in the day when he said that Simmons, the NBA’s No. 1 overall draft pick for 2016, is on schedule to return from foot surgery in January.
This had been the first time the Sixers put a timetable on the return of Simmons, who rolled his ankle when he landed on the foot of another player during an intra-squad scrimmage on Sept. 30.
On Friday night, before the Sixers played the Miami Heat, Brown said he misspoke on Simmons because he was “just getting excited about when he might be able to come back. There were so many dates and speculation that as a coach you sort of hear what you want to hear at times.
“I did mention a January hopeful return, and that was premature. That was a coach doing a lot more wishing than receiving instruction.”
Simmons, a 6-10, 240-pounder from Australia, was the national Freshman of the Year last season at LSU and then decided to bolt for the pros after just one collegiate year.
In six NBA summer league games earlier this year, Simmons averaged 10.8 ponits, 7.7 rebounds and 5.5 assists.
“We will play this out,” Brown said of Simmons. “Everything is on track with his rehab. It’s only been two weeks since the surgery. Over a short period of time, we will be better prepared to give a statement that will map out his future.”
Ben Simmons is on track to return to the Sixers in January, Brett Brown told the Philadelphia Inquirer on Friday.
Previous reports indicated that Simmons, who suffered a Jones fracture in his right foot in the Sixers' final training camp scrimmage on Sept. 30, would be out three months. Friday's news jives with that, but this is the first time the Sixers have given a timetable.
"It's not doom and gloom," Brown said. "Ben is coming back in January. We are still trying to find information on Jerryd (Bayless). Jahlil (Okafor) is still trying to touch the court in his first preseason game."
With long-term ramifications in mind, there had been some speculation that Simmons' camp wanted him to sit all season.
This is rather encouraging news and it means the Sixers may avoid watching another of their top picks miss his entire first year.