Broekhoff breaks out against triple double Simmons
Aussie rookies Ryan Broekhoff and Jonah Bolden produced the best performances of their young NBA careers, with Bolden's Philadelphia - helped by another triple double from compatriot Ben Simmons - toppling Broekhoff's Dallas.
The 28-year-old Broekhoff, signed as an undrafted free agent by the Mavericks in the off-season, has been used sparingly in his first year in the big league.
But, up against his Aussie brethren, Broekhoff showed off the prodigious outside shooting that caught the eye of the Mavs' scouts, his trio of three-point makes helping him to the first double digit scoring outburst of his career.
His 15 points off the bench was second only too sharpshooter Wes Matthews (18) for the Mavs.
And, while Simmons dominated, he didn't have his way when he tried to throw one down in the third quarter, his effort swatted away by Broekhoff, producing a stunning highlight for the Frankston boy.
"It was good," Broekhoff told reporters after the game.
"The coaching staff and the players continue to show a confidence in me to shoot the ball.
"Tonight, some of them went in which was a good feeling and hopefully that builds a bit of momentum."
The No.36 pick in 2017, Bolden - whose length, athleticism and effort has helped him find a place in the 76ers' starting line-up - took full advantage of his extended minutes.
The towering forward producing the first double digit scoring line of his career, falling just short of a double double with 11 points and nine rebounds as the Sixers held off a late Mavericks' rally to win 106-100.
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It's now almost a footnote when the stunningly talented Simmons gets a triple double, such is his all-round ability, but the Aussie superstar was once again sublime in notching his sixth of the season and 18th of his career.
The 22-year-old NBA All-Star hopeful poured in 20 points to go with 14 rebounds and 11 assists.
Superstar Sixers centre Joel Embiid led all scorers with 25, while marksman JJ Redick had 20.
Broekhoff doesn't play again until Tuesday when his Mavericks host the LA Lakers, while Simmons and Bolden get the extra day's rest before they take on Washington in the first of a home, then away back-to-back with the Wizards.
Sparkplug point guard Patty Mills had a great game off the bench for the San Antonio, registering the stunning plus-minus of +31 while he was on the floor.
He had 15 points in 24 minutes, draining three of his four attempts from the outside and added four assists as the San Antonio Spurs beat the Memphis Grizzlies 108-88.
Rookie Derrick White continued his hot form with a team-high 19 points for the Spurs, while point guard Mike Conley had 21 for the Grizzlies.
The news wasn't so good for Utah's Dante Exum, who went down with an ankle injury after just eight minutes in the the Jazz's 110-105 win over the Detroit Pistons.
The improved Exum was having another strong game, dealing five assists to go with four points before the injury curse struck again.
Aussie teammate Joe Ingles drained 16 points in the win.