5. Ben Simmons grabs pass on the break and launches to rim without a dribble
After a sputtering start to the playoffs, the Sixers collectively decided to lace up their work boots. They dropped Game 1 of their first round series against the 6-seeded Brooklyn Nets in embarrassing fashion. A redeeming win in Game 2 would then set up a pivotal Game 3 on the road – one where Ben Simmons proved worthy of his All-Star status.
Joel Embiid sat, but his partner in crime conveniently ran the show.
Simmons performed as upbeat and spry as anyone has seen him in his career, which essentially made the Nets look like they were running in quicksand the entire night. His playoff career-high 31 points and nine assists were a devastating kick in the teeth to a surging Brooklyn team in the fourth quarter. Simmons put a damper on their wave with a Michael Jordan-esque finish off a steal, taking off from the opposite end’s foul line.