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Sixers snap NBA losing streak against OKC

The Philadelphia 76ers have claimed their first NBA win over Oklahoma City Thunder since 2008, with Ben Simmons scoring 11 points.

Sixers snap NBA losing streak against OKC

The Philadelphia 76ers have claimed their first NBA win over Oklahoma City Thunder since 2008, with Ben Simmons scoring 11 points.

BEN SIMMONS #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers handles the ball during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona.
BEN SIMMONS #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers handles the ball during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. Picture:Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Australian duo Ben Simmons and Jonah Bolden have played important roles for the Philadelphia 76ers to claim a drought-breaking 108-104 NBA win over Oklahoma City Thunder.

Simmons had 11 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists for his ninth triple-double of the season and Bolden stepped up with 14 points in the absence of injured centres Joel Embiid and Boban Marjanovic.


Bolden equalled his best points total in his rookie season on six-of-seven shooting.

Tobias Harris top-scored with 32 points as the Sixers snapped a 19-game losing streak against the Thunder dating back to November 15, 2008.

Simmons' final rebound was a big one, a grab on the offensive end with little more than three seconds remaining before the ball was batted out of bounds.

Harris, acquired earlier in February in a deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, posted his highest points total in eight games with the 76ers.

Russell Westbrook recorded his 25th triple-double of the season with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for the Thunder, but he made only eight of 24 shots for Oklahoma City.

Thunder forward Paul George, the league's No.2 scorer, sat out with soreness in his right shoulder.

Australian guard Joe Ingles continued his excellent season, scoring 15 points and dishing out 10 assists as Utah upset high-flying Denver on the road.

The Jazz also had strong performances from Donovan Mitchell (24 points) and Kyle Korver (22).

A Nuggets win would've vaulted them into first place in the Western Conference after Golden State's 103-96 loss earlier in the day to Orlando.

Aaron Gordon led the Magic with 22 points and 15 rebounds.

The Warriors lost back-to-back games for the first time since December.

Bojan Bogdanovic also nabbed a season-high 37 points as the Indiana Pacers beat Minnesota 122-115 in Indianapolis.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 42 points for the Timberwolves.

James Harden produced his seventh career 50-point, 10-assist game to spur the Houston Rockets to a 121-118 comeback victory over the visiting Miami Heat. Harden finished with 58 points and 10 assists.

Kevin Love scored 26 points, Jordan Clarkson and Collin Sexton each had 22 and the Cleveland Cavaliers overcame a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the New York Knicks 125-118.

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