Ben Simmons needs to do whatever is necessary to get traded to Boston to salvage his career and his reputation.
Joe Ingles and Ben Simmons have both played starring roles as their teams claimed the top spots in their respective NBA conference standings.
Ingles had a season-high 21 points – all from three-pointers – and eight assists as the Jazz won their 10th straight game to move to 14-4 after a slow start to the season.
He was well supported by centre Gobert, with 29 points and 20 rebounds, and Jordan Clarkson with 31 points.
Ingles’ tally of seven three-pointers against the Mavericks tied his career-high and was just one shy of the franchise record.
“Over my seven years here, we’ve had injuries and different things and guys have had to step up and play bigger roles, different roles,” said the Australian swingman, who started in the absence of the injured Donovan Mitchell.
“The most fun thing about being on a team like this is there are no egos involved.
“We love playing together.”
Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris all starred to secure the Philadelphia 76ers a thrilling 107-106 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Harris knocked down a 12-foot jumper with 2.4 seconds remaining to nail the win for the hosts.
Embiid led the Sixers with 28 points, despite injuring his back when he was knocked down by LeBron James who received a flagrant foul for the incident, while Harris contributed 24.
Simmons compiled his 31st career triple-double with 17 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists as the Sixers improved to 10-1 at home.
“Some people think we haven’t played anybody,” Harris said.
“For us, we wanted to go against the champs. We wanted to see where we’re at.”
James paced the Lakers – who suffered their first road loss of the season in 11 games – with 34 points.
Meanwhile, the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Boston Celtics 110-106 with DeMar DeRozan leading the way with 21 points and Australian shooting guard Patty Mills adding 12 of his own.
Boomers big man Aron Baynes had 11 points to go with six rebounds and three blocks but it was not enough for the Toronto Raptors, who went down 115-108 to the Milwaukee Bucks.
In Atlanta, the visiting Brooklyn Nets beat the Atlanta Hawks 132-128 in overtime with star trio Kevin Durant (32 points), James Harden (31) and Kyrie Irving (26) the main contributors.
In other matches, Golden States got past Minnesota 123-111, Cleveland beat Detroit 122-107, Indiana defeated Charlotte 116-106, Miami were overpowered 109-82 by Denver, Oklahoma City accounted for Phoenix 102-97, New Orleans rolled over Washington 124-106 and Orlando went down 121-107 to Sacramento.