Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.
After getting ejected from a game and threatening to fight each other away from the court a season ago, it looks as though Ben Simmons and Kyle Lowry have renewed their rivalry in the post-season.
Early in the second quarter of Thursday’s Game 3, Lowry appeared to box out Simmons under the basket and in the process sent him to the ground. Presumably, in thinking Lowry made excessive contact, Simmons retaliated by elbowing the Toronto Raptors’ starting point guard in the groin area. No foul was called on the play.
Lowry remained on the floor as Toronto went up the floor, and Nick Nurse voiced his displeasure to the officials for failing to notice the incident.
The NBA fined Simmons $20,000 on Friday for the incident and assessed him a Flagrant 1 foul.
The previous occasion when these two clashed was also in Philadelphia back in January 2018. The incident seemed to come from nothing as the two jawed at each other while former Sixer Dario Saric was attempting free throws.
The 76ers cruised to a 116-95 win in Game 3 on Thursday to take a 2-1 series lead behind 33 points and 10 rebounds from Joel Embiid in just 28 minutes. Game 4 of the series is scheduled for Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
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