The triple take: 76ers 113, Spurs 111 (OT)

Playing short-handed on the front end of a back-to-back against a full-strength Philadelphia squad leading tEhe Eastern Conference, the Spurs nearly pulled out a miracle Sunday.

It took Ben Simmons 0.2 seconds to break the Spurs’ hearts.

Simmons’ tap-in of a Joel Embiid miss at the overtime buzzer gave the 76ers a 113-111 victory at the AT&T Center the Spurs came close to stealing.

Embiid had 34 points and 12 rebounds for the 76ers (42-21), but it was Simmons’ second made field goal of the night that proved the game-winner.

The loss came two nights after the Spurs squandered a 32-point lead at Boston in dropping another overtime game 143-140.

The game was the seventh of the season to go to OT for the Spurs — one off the club record of eight set in 1983-84 — and the third in the past four contests.

The Spurs did good work to get the game to overtime, although it might come back to bite them later in the week.

With the Spurs kicking off a stretch of five games in seven nights Sunday — and playing again Monday night in Utah — coach Gregg Popovich opted to rest DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl.

Dejounte Murray sat out with a sore knee. Derrick White and Trey Lyles were both already out with ankle injuries.

The Spurs used a patchwork lineup that included the first career start for rookie point guard Tre Jones…

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