Ben Simmons was the legend who emerged from Wednesday night’s fight between Joel Embiid and Karl-Anthony Towns. After Embiid and Towns mixed it up, it was Simmons who came to the defense of his teammate and ultimately ended up on the back of Towns.
It was then that Simmons sunk in a rear-naked chokehold.
Then, came the laughs.
NBA Twitter had a field day when a closer look at the video showed that Simmons caused Towns to tap out. It was the perfect marriage of basketball and mixed martial arts for fans who are eager for this weekend’s UFC 244 clash in New York City.
You can check out the choke below:
— CleWest (@erjmanlasvegas) October 31, 2019
And here is a look at the choke with some Michael Cole-WWE commentary.
— Evan Thorpe (@E_Thorpe22) October 31, 2019
For those looking for a full video of the scuffle, you are in luck:
A full look at the altercation between KAT and Embiid 👀
Both players were ejected. pic.twitter.com/yy9vmdg7VO
— ESPN (@espn) October 31, 2019
Who doesn’t love a good throw down on the court? It will be exciting to see what happens when the two teams come face-to-face the next time on March 24.
But when it comes to Embiid and Towns, it was the Timberwolves big man who had the last laugh.
Embiid and Towns were both ejected from the game which ended in a 117-95 win for the 76ers, who are now 4-0. For the Timberwolves, it was their first loss of the regular season.
Up next for the Timberwolves is another road meeting with the Washington Wizards on Saturday, November 2. The 76ers will look to remain unbeaten when they head to the West Coast for a road trip that begins with a Saturday, November 2 meeting with the Portland Trail Blazers.