Welp, that certainly didn’t take long. After falling two assists shy of achieving the feat on opening night, Ben Simmons has registered his first triple-double of the 2018-19 NBA season in Philadelphia‘s second game of the year.
Simmons and the Sixers took on Chicago in Philly’s home opener for the year, and the Boy from Fitzroy took the opportunity to fill out his stat sheet, like he did time and time again in his rookie season.
Big Ben rattled home 13 points and added 11 assists and 13 rebounds to his stat sheet, sealing the triple-double with time to spare in the third quarter.
First triple-double of the season: ✅
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) October 19, 2018
That makes it his 13th overall career triple-double, having knocked down 12 in his rookie season; the second-most of any rookie in NBA history.
More importantly, Philadelphia produced a much more well-rounded performance than the one they put up on opening night against Boston, running out 127 – 108 over the Bulls, behind Joel Embiid‘s equal game-high 30 points.
Simmons, for what it’s worth, actually travelled back to Philadelphia after the opening-night loss to the Celtics in order to check into the Sixers training facility at the eye-wateringly early time of 2am, where he worked out for several hours.
His response as to why he did this?
Ben Simmons on why he went to workout at Sixers facility at 2AM after ✈️ back from Boston after loss
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) October 18, 2018
YES BEN YES MATE.