Sixers’ Simmons, Embiid fulfills young fan’s wish
The Philadelphia 76ers squared off against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
Before the game, Sixers players Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid took a moment during warmups to meet a fan who had a wish to meet them.
16-year-old Marquan, had never attended a Sixers game.. The Make-A-Wish Foundation and the 76ers invited Marquan and his family to see a live game courtside.
Simmons and Embiid greeted and shared words of encouragement with Marquan, who was diagnosed with Becker’s muscular dystrophy in 2010. The teen also got to meet his favorite player in Simmons and received a jersey.
Furthermore, the Sixers signed the 16-year-old to a one-day contract, becoming an honorary member of the Sixers organization.
On the court, Embiid led both teams in scoring with 33 points, and had seven rebounds, six assists and five blocks in 36 minutes.
Simmons posted his third triple-double of the season with 12 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds.
Despite their efforts, the Sixers came up short as Lakers forward Brandon Ingram made a three-point shot with 0.8 seconds remaining for a 107-104 win.
With the loss, the Sixers’ record dropped to 13-11, while the Lakers snapped their five-game losing streak and improved to a 9-15 record.
Also in attendance at Thursday night’s game was Villanova men’s basketball head coach Jay Wright, who was watching his former player Josh Hart. Hart was drafted in the first round by the Utah Jazz then traded to the Lakers this past summer and finished with four points and three rebounds in nine minutes of play.
Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball finished the game with 10 points, 8 assists, 8 rebounds, 4 blocks and 3 steals in Los Angeles’ win. Ball’s final assist led to the game-winning shot from Ingram.
The Sixers are back in action on Saturday night taking on the Cleveland Cavaliers.