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Sixers Bell Ringer: Game 7

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After a sloppy first half, the Sixers blew things open to move back over .500 on the season.

NBA: Atlanta Hawks at Philadelphia 76ers Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

For a refresher on what constitutes a Bell Ringer, please reference the initial post.

Bell Ringer Season Standings: Joel Embiid - 2; JJ Redick - 2; Ben Simmons - 1; Robert Covington - 1.

The Sixers outscored Atlanta 31-13 in the third quarter, turning a close game into a much-needed blowout to start a five-game week. Here are your Bell Ringer candidates:

Ben Simmons: 21 points, 12 rebounds, 9 assists, 1 block

The Sixers point guard was the catalyst of Philadelphia’s third quarter surge, personally scoring 15 points in the period, his highest career total for any quarter. Simmons relentlessly attacked the rim, and made the right decisions as to whether to finish himself or find a teammate for an open look. Most surprisingly/encouraging, he also knocked down all five of his free throw attempts.

Joel Embiid: 10 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 blocks

It was a quiet offensive night for the big man, as Embiid’s 9 shot attempts were easily his fewest of the season. However, the 6 assists were evidence of solid decision-making on Embiid’s part with the eyes of so many Hawks defenders focused on the Sixers star. His ability to play away from the basket allowed the high-low game between he and Ben Simmons to flourish, propelling the game’s pivotal third quarter stretch. I also can’t imagine another 7-footer guarding Trae Young like this:

JJ Redick: 14 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 1 block

Love that spacing. People will be quick to point out the “coincidence” behind the Sixers’ third quarter run coinciding with Redick starting the half as part of last year’s starting five. So often, the Sixers rely on Redick dribble-handoffs for any semblance. It wasn’t the shooting guard’s most efficient night, but he still knocked down plenty of triples (4-11 3PT), and did a good job on the glass, finding others, and competing defensively.

Markelle Fultz: 16 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists

Fultz killed the Sixers’ spacing (and correspondingly, their offense) in the first half, but there were still encouraging signs Monday night from the second-year guard. He hit one three from the wing with his defender giving room and the entire arena imploring him to hoist it, and he had a huge dunk over a rotating DeAndre’ Bembry. The 7-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio is also a nice foundation moving forward.

Mike Muscala: 14 points, 5 rebounds, 1 block

Moose reached double digits for the first time as a Sixer, brilliantly fulfilling his role as a spot-up threat and going 4-6 from downtown. I’m sure the former Hawk will have a huge smile on his way home tonight.

Poll

Game 7 Bell Ringer. Who you got?

This poll is closed

  • 72%
    Ben Simmons
    (1009 votes)
  • 0%
    Joel Embiid
    (12 votes)
  • 1%
    JJ Redick
    (17 votes)
  • 18%
    Markelle Fultz
    (260 votes)
  • 6%
    Mike Muscala
    (87 votes)
1385 votes total Vote Now