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Ben Simmons goes on attack after half to lead Philadelphia 76ers in Game 3 rout

Philadelphia 76ers wing Ben Simmons had his hands full on defense in the first half of Friday's eventual 127-111 win over the Atlanta Hawks in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Trying to keep up with Hawks star Trae Young is no simple assignment.

But with the Sixers clinging to a five-point lead at the break, and Simmons scoring just four points up to that point -- matching his point total from Game 2 -- Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers challenged him to do more.

"We just thought he passed up too many opportunities -- in the fastbreak, at the post.