Ben Simmons says Marcus Smart was 'being silly'

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Before the Celtics topped the Sixers on Christmas Day, there was a moment throughout the overtime period where it felt like Philadelphia was going to pull ahead for good. 

The Sixers grabbed a quick four-point lead with just over three minutes left when Marcus Smart earned a technical foul for shoving Ben Simmons as the two battled for a rebound. Simmons addressed the foul following Philadelphia's 121-114 loss against the Celtics. 

"I'm fighting for a rebound, he's fighting for a rebound, he's mad beacuse I'm being physical," Simmons explained. "I mean, he got a tech for being silly. It is what it is. He's competitive. I love that about him. He's a competitive player."

Philly led by five points -- its biggest lead of the extra period -- before the Celtics came roaring back. Boston proceeded with a 13-1 run, highlighted by back-to-back treys from Kyrie Irving in the final minutes. 

The Sixers and Celtics will have their next showdown in Philadelphia on Feburary 12. 

Ben Simmons on Marcus Smart: “He got a tech for being silly” #Celtics #Sixers

— Josue Pavón (@Joe_Sway) December 26, 2018