PHILADELPHIA — The clock was winding down at the end of the half and the crowd was urging Ben Simmons on. So he fired a 3-pointer at the buzzer and drained it, his first as a pro.

It might have only been an exhibition game against the Guangzhou Loong-Lions, but the crowd at the Wells Fargo Center went crazy.

That gave the Sixers an 82-41 halftime lead and the crowd and Simmons’ teammates reacted as if it were a playoff victory.

In his first two regular seasons, Simmons was 0 for 17 from 3-point range. He is also 0 for 1 in the playoffs.

In addition, he had been 0 for 1 in the preseason from 3-point range.

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