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Young stars set to face off for Suns, 76ers

According to STATS
According to STATS

Phoenix Suns at Philadelphia 76ers

  1. The Suns lost in Boston on Saturday, 116-111, the 13th time in 24 games this season that they have allowed at least 115 points. Phoenix is allowing 115.8 points per game this season, the most by any team since the 1999-91 Nuggets allowed 130.8 points per contest.
  2. The 76ers beat the Pistons for the second time this season with a 108-103 win on Saturday. Philadelphia pulled down 47 rebounds compared to 36 for Detroit, the seventh straight game the Sixers have outrebounded an opponent. The 76ers lead the NBA this year with a plus-6.6 rebounding margin per game.
  3. The Sixers won three of four against the Suns over the previous two seasons, scoring over 110 points in all four contests. It is the first time that Philadelphia has scored 110 points or more in four consecutive games against a single opponent since also doing so in four straight games against the Celtics in the 1996-97 season.
  4. Devin Booker made the 300th three-pointer of his career in the loss in Boston on Saturday, becoming the youngest player in league history to do so at 21 years and 33 days old.
  5. Ben Simmons needs only three rebounds tonight in his 22nd career game to have 200 rebounds and 150 assists in his career. Since 1985-86, the fewest amount of games needed to reach those totals is 33 by Jason Kidd in 1994-95.
  6. Joel Embiid has recorded at least 25 points and 10 rebounds in three straight games, becoming only the third 76er since 1985-86 to post those numbers in at least three consecutive games, joining Charles Barkley and Moses Malone.

PHILADELPHIA -- Some of the NBA's best young players will be on display Monday night when the Philadelphia 76ers host the Phoenix Suns.

The Sixers (13-9) boast Rookie of the Year favorite Ben Simmons and second-year center Joel Embiid, while the Suns (8-16) feature third-year guard Devin Booker.

Embiid, 23, is the oldest of the three. Booker and Simmons are both 21.

Booker scored 38 points in the Suns' 116-111 loss at Boston on Saturday. He is averaging 23.6 points, 4.0 assists and 4.3 rebounds while shooting 37.6 percent from 3-point range this season.

According to the Arizona Republic, he is one of four NBA players averaging at least 23.5 points, four rebounds and four assists while shooting at least 37 percent from the 3-point arc. The others are Kevin Durant, LeBron James and James Harden.

"He has it," Boston's Kyrie Irving told, when asked about Booker. "He already has that mentality of being a killer. He already has the tools, he's already a great player in this league, and he's going to continue to showcase that."

Apprised of that quote by a Republic reporter, Booker noted that Irving is among the league's best players.

"That's what I want to be," he replied. "I know that day is going to come when I can lead my team to the playoffs. That's what I'm working on."

Embiid is averaging 23.1 points, 11.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocked shots, and while he collected 25 points and 10 boards Saturday in a 108-103 victory over the Detroit Pistons, he termed it "a bad night" on his part.

After exchanging barbs earlier in the day with Pistons center Andre Drummond, Embiid shot 7 of 21 from the floor and committed six turnovers.

Drummond countered with 14 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and five steals.

"We won the game, so this wasn't about any of us -- him or me," Embiid said. "It was about Sixers against Pistons, and we got the win. And I'm happy about it."

Simmons managed a season-low five points in that game but contributed 10 rebounds, six assists and two blocks.

"It happens," Sixers forward Robert Covington said of Simmons' meager point total. "It's a part of the game. Some games you're not going to score a lot, but he did other things that got us going -- assist-wise, finding the right guys, big rebounds, a couple big blocks."

Simmons, named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month, leads all first-year performers in scoring (17.9), rebounds (9.4) and steals (2.25), and he is tied for the lead in assists (7.1).

The Sixers, who have won two of their past three games, continue to be without rookie guard Markelle Fultz, who has missed the past 17 games with a shoulder ailment. Guard/forward Justin Anderson (shin splints) is also out, and the status of guard T.J. McConnell (shoulder sprain) is uncertain. He missed the past two games.

Phoenix, which has dropped two straight and five of six, is without guard Davon Reed and guard/forward Alan Williams because of knee injuries. Center Alex Len also missed the Boston game with a sprained ankle, and his status for Monday was unclear.

Updated December 4, 2017

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