Simmons stars as Sixers beat Bulls

Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons goes up for a dunk against the Chicago Bulls.
Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons goes up for a dunk against the Chicago Bulls.

Ben Simmons has flirted with another triple double to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 100-89 win over the Chicago Bulls.

Still Playing without star centre Joel Embiid, Simmons dropped 20 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in the 76ers' second straight victory.

His dominant outing included a transition slam over Bulls seven-footer Lauri Markannen in the second half on Friday.

Furkan Korkmaz added a career-high 24 points, including a career-best six 3-pointers, while Al Horford also scored 20 points and Tobias Harris 13.

Zach LaVine led the Bulls with 23 points, missed all seven of his three-point attempts, while Coby White added 14.

Meanwhile, Norman Powell scored 28 points off the bench as reigning champions the Toronto Raptors defeated the Washington Wizards 140-111.

Marc Gasol had 20 points for the Raptors, who have won seven straight against the Wizards, including two this season.

It marked the most points scored in a game this season for Toronto.

Troy Brown Jr. had 22 points for the Wizards, who have lost three straight.

In Indiana, Malcolm Brogdon nailed a 15-footer with 18.7 seconds left to give the Pacers a dramatic 116-114 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

T.J. Warren scored a game-high 28 points for the Pacers, who spoiled the return of Karl-Anthony Towns to sweep a tightly contested home-and-home series.

The Pacers won 104-99 at Minnesota on Wednesday in a game Towns missed with an illness to continue a string of 15 straight absences.

The All-Star centre had a team-high 27 points in 28 minutes, including two clutch free throws in the final two minutes to level the game.

With the score tied, Towns committed an out-of-bounds turnover and teammate Andrew Wiggins had a similar miscue to set up Brogdon's game-winner.

In Memphis, the unfancied Grizzlies continue to roar after edging the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-109 to claim a seventh straight win.

Dillon Brooks scored 26 points, while exciting youngster Ja Morant had 16 points and eight assists, including a couple of highlight plays.

Australian Matthew Dellavedova score three points in his 12 minutes of action for the Cavaliers, who have now dropped three in a row.

In Oklahoma, rookie guard Kendrick Nunn scored 22 points to lead the visiting Miami Heat to a 115-108 win over the Thunder.

Elsewhere, Luka Doncic stayed hot with 35 points, including eight-from-12 from distance, in the Dallas Mavericks' 120-112 win over the Portland Trailblazers.

The MVP candidate added eight rebounds in seven assists, while teammate Tim Hardaway Jr chipped in with 29 points.

In San Antonio, Kevin Huerter drained a three-pointer with 6.3 seconds left to lift the Atlanta Hawks past the Spurs 121-120.

Atlanta star Trae Young had 31 points in the 14-point, final-quarter comeback, while LaMarcus Aldridge had 30 points for San Antonio.

Australian Associated Press