Simmons wins battle of the Aussies as Sixers smash Jazz

Ben Simmons has continued his impressive debut NBA season, leading the Philadelphia 76ers to a comfortable 107-86 win over the Utah Jazz.

Simmons scored 27 points, with a shooting percentage of 54 per cent, and had 10 rebounds and two assists at his home stadium, the Wells Fargo Center.

The 21-point victory is Philadelphia's ninth win of the season, keeping their positive win-loss record intact.

Simmons showed off his silky skills with some trademark difficult lay-ups to add to his already packed highlight reel.

Among the 76ers' other best players were JJ Redick (20 points, four assists) and Joel Embiid (15 points, 11 rebounds).

Star centre Embiid was a late inclusion for the 76ers after he was initially set to miss the Jazz game due to 'load management'.

Philadelphia has continued its strong start to the season, winning nine out of their first 16 games for the first time since 2012/13.

It moves Philadelphia up to sixth in the Eastern Conference standings and consolidates their position in the playoff race .

It's also the first time the Sixers have swept Utah since the 1987/88 season, after defeating the Jazz earlier in the season.

Philadelphia led by 10 points at quarter time and were never seriously challenged by the Jazz.

For parts of the contest, Simmons played head-to-head against Utah's Joe Ingles in a fascinating duel between the two Australians.

Ingles scored eight points but Utah's best was Donovan Mitchell who had 17 points and five assists.

Simmons grew up in Australia until he moved to the US as a teenager to pursue a basketball career - he was chosen by Philadelphia as the no.1 pick in the 2016 NBA draft, but missed his entire rookie season with a foot injury.

Philadelphia's next game is against Portland Trailblazers at home on Thursday morning (AEDT).

This story Simmons wins battle of the Aussies as Sixers smash Jazz first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.