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Sixers Bell Ringer: Game 3

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It came down to the final second, but the Sixers prevailed.

NBA: Orlando Magic at Philadelphia 76ers Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

For an explanation of what constitutes a Bell Ringer, please reference the initial post.

Bell Ringer Season Standings: Ben Simmons - 1; Joel Embiid - 1

Ben Simmons leaving the game early with back tightness opened the door for some role players to step up in the Sixers’ 116-115 win over Orlando.

JJ Redick: 31 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal

Facing the team who drafted him, Redick had himself a night. He finished 8-13 from behind the arc, hitting hit 8th three-pointer of the game to put the Sixers back up 2 points with 17 seconds left. All game long, Redick was the team’s offensive spark, helping the team overcome a sluggish start with 3 three-pointers in the first quarter. His 31 points tied his high as a member of the Sixers.

Joel Embiid: 32 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists

Embiid started the game looking lethargic, and didn’t have his best defensive effort (Nik Vucevic triple-double, anyone?), but he was dominant in stretches. He scored 17 points (hitting 3 three-pointers) in the second quarter alone, helping the Sixers build a big lead that they would carry until the final minutes of the game. The Embiid euro step is also delightfully now a nightly occurrence.

T.J. McConnell: 8 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal

Along with Redick, McConnell helped boost the Sixers in the first quarter to get the team back into the game. He was able to repeatedly knife into the middle of the lane to finish with mid-range jumpers or getting all the way to the rim. His steady hand guiding the offense was critical on a night the Sixers suddenly found themselves without Ben Simmons. Only the lack of a steal off a backcourt in-bounds pass prevented this from being a classic T.J. game.

Dario Saric: 13 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, 1 block

Saric struggled with his shot at times, but still finished with a trio of triples and offered a lot of value as a secondary playmaker. As usual, the Homie was all over the place in terms of hustle plays, finishing second on the team behind Embiid with 3 offensive rebounds.

Robert Covington: 12 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 1 block

It was the most efficient game of the young season from Covington, who shot 3-5 from downtown and played his usual disruptive defense (some late lapses on that end aside). There were a couple plays that demonstrated how far Rock still has to go in terms of his ball-handling development, but Sixers will take games like this from him any night.

Amir Johnson: 8 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 1 block

Strong effort in just 14 minutes of play from Johnson, who was perfect from the field (4-4) and provided great energy around the rim and on the offensive glass. We also had yet another Amir thunder dunk - the old man (said with love because I’m older than him) still has it!

Poll

Who was your Game 3 Bell Ringer?

This poll is closed

  • 87%
    JJ Redick
    (349 votes)
  • 8%
    Joel Embiid
    (33 votes)
  • 1%
    T.J. McConnell
    (6 votes)
  • 1%
    Dario Saric
    (6 votes)
  • 0%
    Robert Covington
    (2 votes)
  • 1%
    Amir Johnson
    (4 votes)
400 votes total Vote Now