Ben Simmons Hated Being Booed, So This Is How he Responded
You've got to give it to the Aussie NBA star. He's one cool cat.
After a shocker of a personal performance in the opening match of the playoff series between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Brooklyn Nets, all eyes were on Ben Simmons in game two.
The reigning NBA Rookie of the Year had been booed by his own fans in game one, as the Nets unexpectedly won 111-102. Could he recover?
Oh, you bet he could.
In game two, the 22-year-old Melbourne product played so well that he had the audacity to call out the fickle locals.
"Still booing?" he appeared to taunt the crowd early in the third quarter.
Booing they most certainly were not, after Simmons had racked up 16 first-half points, which went a long way towards his team's eventual 145-123 victory.
The hand-to-the-ear thing was a clear reference to former 76ers fan favourite Allan Iverson, who made the gesture his personal signature in the early 2000s.
"I was thinking about the boos from last game," Simmons admitted after the game, in case anyone was wondering.
Simmons finished up with 18 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.
In the NBA, it's called a "triple-double" when you rack up double-figures in those key stats.
The Aussie thus became just the third player in Sixers history to record multiple post-season triple-doubles, alongside Charles Barkley and Wilt Chamberlain -- who are both giants of the game.
Meanwhile in the other big NBA story of the day, the LA Clippers overcame a 31-point deficit to beat defending champs, the Golden State Warriors.
This was the biggest comeback in NBA playoffs history, and it left everyone aghast.
At one point, the Clippers' probability of winning was calculated at 0.1 percent That sure changed.
The series is now tied 1-1.