Already without Joel Embiid, the Sixers were also missing Dario Saric on Sunday in Charlotte. Ben Simmons, coming off a triple-double performance in Atlanta, stepped up again and nearly notched another one, finishing with 20 points, 15 assists, eight rebounds, and just one turnover. Line drive passes, reverse dunks, superb vision, the leading rookie of the year candidate just keeps getting better. With the playoffs quickly approaching and with the Sixers' leading scorer missing, Simmons is heating up even more than he already was at the right time.
In rhythm, off balance, over out-streched arms, Marco Belinelli was hitting from everywhere and finished with a game-high 22 points, his highest scoring output as a member of the Sixers. It was not only a high scoring night for Belinelli but it was an incredibly efficient night for the Italian shooting 3-of-4 from three and 9-of-10 from the floor overall. Benefitting from Simmons's passing Belinelli's ability to move without the ball is a huge plus for the Sixers and when another big scorer was needed on Sunday he was right there.