Ben Simmons fined for “groin” shot

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Australian basketball star Ben Simmons has been fined $US20,000 for “making contact to the groin” of Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry.

The incident happened in the second quarter of the Philadelphia 76ers’ 116-95 win over the Raptors on Thursday at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Centre.

Lowry fell down along the baseline after boxing out Simmons, who threw an elbow that struck the Raptors guard down low, and he stayed on the floor appearing to be in pain.

Simmons headed back down the floor and was not issued a foul on the play.

After a review by the NBA on Friday, Simmons was also assessed with a “flagrant foul one”.

After the game, Lowry told ESPN that he received an apology from Simmons at half-time.

“Said he didn’t mean to,” Lowry said. ” Scott didn’t call it on the floor. It’s not like I’m going to dwell on it or bitch about it.

“It happened. It’s over now. We got our ass kicked after. It didn’t matter.”

It was one of a number of fiery encounters between Philadelphia and Toronto players in game three of their Eastern Conference semi-final series.

The win gave the 76ers a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Game four is in Philadelphia on Sunday.

Simmons was also given a technical foul during the game when he grabbed a practice shot by Raptors forward Pascal Siakam and pushed the ball back towards Siakam.

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