By Jerry Wein
Luka Doncic finished with just 19 points on 6-for-13 shooting, well below his season average of 28.9 points per game, and the fourth-fewest points he’s scored in a game this season.
Doncic scored just seven points on 3-for-9 shooting when he was defended by Ben Simmons, according to The Athletic, compared with 12 points on 3-for-4 shooting when he was guarded by anybody else on the Sixers. He also committed five of his seven turnovers when Simmons was his primary defender.
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“Ben set the tone, Joel (Embiid) was phenomenal,” Sixers coach Doc Rivers said. “We shot 43 percent. We didn’t have a great offensive night, and yet we were up by 20 most of the game. Dallas is a great offensive team. For us to play defense like that was special.”
At 6-10, Simmons is bigger than the 6-7 Doncic, and he’s quicker and stronger.
“Just being me, doing what I do. I like taking those challenges,” said Simmons, when asked what he did to disrupt Doncic. “I’ve said this over and over again, just tell me who to guard.”