For a refresher on what constitutes a Bell Ringer, please reference the initial post.
Bell Ringer Season Standings:
Joel Embiid - 12
Ben Simmons - 10
Jimmy Butler - 5
JJ Redick - 4
Robert Covington - 1
Dario Saric - 1
T.J. McConnell - 1
Furkan Korkmaz - 1
JJ Redick: 24 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist
Redick delivered all evening long, going 8-for-12 from the floor and 6-for-9 beyond the arc. It was a nice rebound from his 5-for-16 performance against the Celtics on Christmas, including missing the game-winner in regulation. When the Jazz narrowed the gap to 104-87 with just under seven minutes left, Redick responded with his last triple of the evening to counter the run. Defensively, he wasn’t a huge liability, which is generally a positive.
Joel Embiid: 23 points, 15 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 blocks
It was an efficient 9-for-17 night for Embiid, who also notched a season-high five swats. He left some opportunities on the table, though, fouling out with 4:21 to play in the final period. Embiid struggled early against Rudy Gobert, but found his footing against Derrick Favors later in the game. The six assists he added were a nice touch too, helping to combat four turnovers.
GET THAT OUTTA HERE.— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) December 28, 2018
Embiid picks up the Sixers first block of the game with the rejection on Rubio. pic.twitter.com/XzYB3xnXOI
Jimmy Butler: 19 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 3 steals
Nothing about Butler’s night felt forced. He powered home five dunks and six of his buckets came off assists. Defensively, he snatched three steals, even with a few costly disengaged possessions. Butler primarily deferred to the other stars Thursday, but was still highly impactful working along the margins.
Ben Simmons: 13 points, 14 rebounds, 12 assists, 3 steals, 1 block
It was quite the stat-sheet-stuffing affair for the second-year guard. In addition to the triple-double, Simmons turned it over seven times, many of which were unforced. Let’s not have that overshadow what was largely a star-worthy game, though. He opened the game just 1-for-6 from the field, but rebounded the rest of the way, finishing 5-for-7 with a variety of dunks, layups, and post-ups — plus, a jumper! As a passer, Simmons consistently punctured the Jazz defense to create open looks. Despite the near-double-digit turnover count and plodding start, he looked in command most of the way.
Ben Simmons with a smoooooth fadeaway pic.twitter.com/LD27ObV360— Jackson Frank (@jackfrank_jjf) December 28, 2018
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