Ben Simmons Gets All-Star Vote, Has 'best Game of His Career' as Sixers Beat Warriors

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Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers watches the action against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on January 17 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Ben Simmons' January ended with a bang, as he was named in the All-Star team for the first time in his career before guiding the Philadelphia 76ers to a road win against the Golden State Warriors.

The 22-year-old was named among the 14 reserves that will take part in the 2019 All-Star Game, along with fellow Eastern Conference stars Bradley Beal, Kyle Lowry and Blake Griffin.

Simmons celebrated his call-up in the best possible manner, delivering a dominant performance in a 113-104 win against the Warriors on Thursday night, which snapped the defending NBA champions' 11-game winning streak.

Ben Simmons led the charge as the @sixers defeated the Warriors in Oakland!

📊: 26 PTS | 8 REB | 6 AST | 3 STL#HereTheyCome

— NBA TV (@NBATV) February 1, 2019

The number one pick of the 2016 draft finished with 26 points on 10-of-13 from the field, adding six assists, eight rebounds and three steals.

His contribution was so impressive that Sixers coach Brett Brown described it as arguably the best game of Simmons' career.

"I thought Ben had, in my eyes, his best NBA game," Brown was quoted as saying by Sixers reporter Brian Seltzer.

"If it wasn't the best, it was certainly one of them."

Brown's stance on Simmons found plenty in agreement on social media, with NBA Twitter marvelling at the guard's performance.

Best game of Ben Simmons’ career?

— Corey Seidman (@CSeidmanNBCS) February 1, 2019

The 132nd game of Ben Simmons' career is hands down his best. Make note of this performance.

— Jon Johnson (@jonjohnsonwip) February 1, 2019

Ben Simmons: 26 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists on 10-13 shooting (6-9 from the line).

Oh, and don't forget his unbelievably good defense. Half-court, transition, on ball, off ball, all of it. Did it against everyone, too, from Steph Curry to Kevin Durant.

All Star.

— Liberty Ballers (@Liberty_Ballers) February 1, 2019

The Ben Simmons we saw tonight can carry(along with Embiid) the 76ers to the NBA Finals. What. A. Performance.

— Jon Johnson (@jonjohnsonwip) February 1, 2019

Incredible win. Ben Simmons just insane tonight.

— Mike Missanelli (@MikeMiss975) February 1, 2019

this ben simmons pass is insane

— drew (@Dcorrigan50) February 1, 2019

Simmons is the first Australian to be named in the All-Star team, and Brown reflected on the personal meaning of the accomplishment.

"I knew his mum and dad before Ben was born," he told AAP.

"The connection of my Australian background coaching over there and coaching his dad, and then coaching his son who is now an NBA All-Star, the circumstances of all that happening are so complex, and I'm just extremely happy for him and his mum and dad as well."

On Thursday night, Simmons was well supported by Joel Embiid, who finished with 26 points and 20 rebounds, while JJ Reddick added 15 points. Philadelphia entered the game on the back of three wins in four games but fell behind in the first two quarters, before turning a seven-point deficit at halftime into a nine-point lead going into the final period.

Not only did the win snap the Warriors' winning run, it also gave the Sixers a first win in the series against Golden State in almost six years.

The importance of the achievement was not lost on Brown.

"It's a fantastic win," he told the Associated Press.

This group—myself included—we have not beaten Golden State. To do it on the road, to do it in front of their fans against a team that is this good and had won that many in a row, it is a good night."

The win improved the Sixers' record to 34-18 for the season and they remain third in the Eastern Conference standings, four games behind the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Warriors, meanwhile remain top of the Western Conference with a 36-15 record, 0.5 games ahead of the Denver Nuggets.

Stephen Curry erupted for 41 points, six assists and four rebounds, while Kevin Durant added 25 points and four rebounds.