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Ben Simmons, 76ers take it to Wizards in Game 2 marred by fan’s popcorn dump

76ers coach Doc Rivers scolded Philadelphia fans who criticized Ben Simmons for scoring just six points in a Game 1 win over the Wizards Sunday.

“If you guys don’t know the treasure you have by now,” Rivers said, “then shame on everyone, because he’s been fantastic for us.”

Wednesday, shame on one Philadelphia fan in particular – the one who dumped popcorn on Russell Westbrook’s head.

And kudos to Simmons who – despite Rivers’ support – played as if he took the criticism to heart.

Simmons scored far more aggressively and maintained his all-around contributions in Game 2, leading the 76ers to a 120-95 win over Washington.

Neither Simmons (22 points, nine rebounds, eight assists, two steals and a block) nor Joel Embiid (22 points, seven rebounds and three assists) played in the fourth quarter. They did plenty earlier – especially Embiid with a suggestive celebration after a basket:

Aside from that fan, Philadelphia is outclassing the Wizards in this 1-8 series. Nos. 1, 2 and 3 seeds that won the first two games of a best-of-seven first-round series have advanced all 64 times.

Bradley Beal (33 points) tried to keep Washington close, but the challenge was too great. It’ll get even tougher if Westbrook, who was leaving early with an ankle injury when the fan poured popcorn on him, isn’t completely healthy for Game 3 Saturday.