A "frustrated" Ben Simmons has had another nightmare game, committing fatal turnovers in an overtime thriller loss to the Boston Celtics that put his Philadelphia 76ers on the brink of elimination from the NBA playoffs.
The Celtics won 101-98 on Saturday in Philadelphia to take a 3-0 lead in the eastern conference semi-final series.
History is against the 76ers with no NBA team coming back from a 0-3 deficit in the best-of-seven format with game four is in Philadelphia on Monday.
"We're very frustrated, but at the same time we have to look at the next game," a sombre Simmons said in the locker room.
Boston's Australian big man Aron Baynes had a huge game, going chest-to-chest with the 76ers' All-Star centre Joel Embiid.
Simmons, who had the worst game of his career in his last outing against the Celtics when he scored just one point, was more aggressive, but his four turnovers helped sink the 76ers.
The 21-year-old Australian rookie finished with 16 points, eight rebounds and eight assists but he was not happy despite the near triple-double placing him in the NBA record books.
It was Simmons' seventh post-season game with at least 10 points, five rebounds and five assists - the most by a rookie in a single post-season since Magic Johnson had 10 in 1980.
"I have a lot of growing to do," Simmons said.
"This is the first season I have played, the first I have played in the playoffs and I'm learning a lot."
Simmons's shaky moments included missing an open dunk when the score was locked 81-81 with five minutes to go.
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