Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers are enjoying thier best stretch of the season, securing their 50th win after beating the Dallas Mavericks 109-97.
In the pre-season, the Sixers were given a lofty over-under of 42.5 wins, a goal not many thought they could achieve, but after reeling off 14-straight victories, the young squad finds themselves as the #3 seed in the Eastern Conference, with home court advantage for the first round of the playoffs.
“For me it’s huge, for the team it’s definitely huge,” Ben Simmons said post-game about their win total.
“It shows how far we’ve come with the season and everyone putting us lower than expected and I think we pushed through the tough times. [We] had a tough start with the teams we played and I think were just getting a lot better over time.”
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The Sixers boast an impressive 29-11 record at Wells Fargo Center, the fifth-best mark in the league. With the Philly crowd creating a playoff-like atmosphere most nights, Simmons is relishing the opportunity to put on a show in front of the home fans.
“It’ll be huge, it will be a great opportunity to play in front of the fans,” the Rookie of the Year contender added. “You know they give us a lot of enrgy everytime we step into the building so I think that’ll be huge.
Coach Brett Brown echoed those sentiments, but was adamant that the job was not done yet.
“We want to get 52 wins, we want to hold that third spot, that’s what I’m most want to do,” Brown said.
“You know to win 50 games with two games remaining, to have what is it 14 games in a row?…to secure a home court advantage, that is fantastic and at the end of the day that is what’s most true.
“Our season to date has been exceptional, the group has been fantastic, we continue to improve and I think you know those things are probably what I should be remembering most.