Ben Simmons feels great after playing in front of the fans. More than 3,000 fans attended Wells Fargo Center last night to watch the Philadelphia 76ers vs San Antonio Spurs game.
Sixers played their first home game in the crowded venue after more than a year. Due to the pandemic, last season was down on March 11, 2020. Since then the NBA had seen no fans on the ground. However, for last night’s game, the 76ers sold 3,071 tickets, and players seem to have found energy that they had not felt in the team’s first 19 home games.
3,000 fans will be on hand for @Sixers vs @spurs tonight!
So honored to be the game opening and fan welcoming Bell Ringer!!#HereTheyCome @CBSPhilly
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— Ukee Washington (@UkeeWashington) March 14, 2021
Ben Simmons marked his first home game with paying fans
In a post-game interview, Ben Simmons explained the energy they gained playing Infront of the crowd. Although 3,000+ fans are nothing compared to the total capacity of 20,478. Ben was asked, “The fans noticed that you had some big plays tonight what did it feel like to have them back here?”
Simmons surely got his energy back. “It was amazing you know the energy is completely different when they’re there um I think you know it was a great experience for everybody you know who hasn’t played an affiliate that’s you know on the Philly team now to really understand that and I think they really understand it now um you know even if it was 3 thousand things you can really feel them and feel the energy in them,” Ben Simmons said.
However, the 24-year-old may not play his biggest game last night, but his contribution is undeniable. Simmons scored 14 points along with nine assists, four rebounds, and a steal. He failed to shoot beyond 15 feet, which could get him more points. But he is happy with the team’s overall performance. “We just looked like we were playing with pace, moving the ball and playing with each other,” Simmons said. “I think it was good overall. I think we were just finding the open man.”
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— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) March 14, 2021
Simmons returned to the team after seven days of quarantine as he was exposed to his Covid-19 positive barber. With the help of Tobias Harris, Danny Green, and Ben Simmons, the 76ers won over the Spurs by 139-99.
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