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Sixers Bell Ringer: Game 12 - Sixers take 53 minutes to lose winnable game in Oklahoma City

Even the full starting 5 wasn’t enough for Philadelphia to end its road woes

76ers vs Thunder Photo by Zach Beeker/NBAE via Getty Images

For a refresher on our Bell Ringer series, take a look back at our first post of the season.

Bell Ringer Standings

Joel Embiid - 4
Josh Richardson - 2
Ben Simmons - 2
Tobias Harris - 1
Furkan Korkmaz - 1
Al Horford - 1

The Sixers played their first overtime game of the season, getting outscored 20-12 by the Thunder during bonus basketball to fall to 3-5 on the road. Nevertheless, Bell Ringer awaits.

Josh Richardson: 28 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 4 turnovers

Richardson, an Oklahoma native who grew up about a half hour from the state capital, had family at Friday night’s game and Sixers management might want to splurge to have them travel with the team going forward. Richardson dropped a season-high 28 points, shooting 10-of-15 from the field and 3-of-6 from downtown. He was pivotal in the third quarter, scoring 11 points in the frame to propel the Sixers back into the lead. Josh is one of the few players on the roster able to operate on all three levels offensively; his work in the mid-range on a handful of pull-up jumpers was a valuable dynamic for a Sixers offense struggling on the whole.

Joel Embiid: 31 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 turnover

During the game, Embiid became the second-quickest Sixer to reach 4,000 points, keeping extremely prestigious company behind only Wilt Chamberlain. Joel continued his hot shooting start to the season, knocking down four of his eight 3-point attempts, with a couple coming from well beyond the arc. His 3 with just outside of a minute left tied the game. With the team’s spacing concerns, Embiid needs to be competent from the outside; his being above 40 percent is above and beyond the call of duty.

Embiid was also a big factor in former teammate Nerlens Noel fouling out in just 18 minutes, but his battles with Steven Adams were more of a draw. JoJo was more effective when he was able to establish deep post position and finish quickly with something like a baby hook over the left shoulder. Adams was able to hold his ground at times, though, and force Embiid into long jumpers. The one that will be on everyone’s mind is the Sixers’ last possession of regulation, when Embiid was late getting down the floor, fell down, and then had to rush a long look at the basket. On the whole, however, it’s hard to complain about over 30 points and 10 rebounds from your star center.

Tobias Harris: 21 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 turnovers

The long drought is finally over! For the first time in what felt like since the Process began, Tobias Harris hit a 3. In fact, he hit three 3s! On just four attempts! Tobi shot 8-of-16 from the field overall, confidently flashing a quick release on those triples or decisively driving into the lane for short floaters. Something he was doing well even when the shots weren’t falling was distributing the basketball, and Harris demonstrated terrific vision on a pair of feeds to a cutting Ben Simmons tonight. Hopefully, the silver lining in this loss was the start of a hot stretch for Tobi.

Ben Simmons: 16 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists, 1 steal, 5 turnovers

Although there were some frustrating stretches when Simmons went invisible, he made his mark on the game with a whopping SEVEN offensive rebounds, including one for a violent two-handed slam off an Embiid miss early in the fourth quarter. Ben did a solid job cutting without the ball, scoring on three separate occasions in the half-court by maintaining a high level of activity. As usual, Simmons had some gorgeous passes, as well, but a few of the turnovers were poor unforced errors. The half-court lob attempt to a posting Al Horford that ricocheted off the top of the backboard is one that I’m sure Ben would like to have back.

Poll

Who is the Bell Ringer in the losing effort against the Thunder?

This poll is closed

  • 61%
    Josh Richardson
    (276 votes)
  • 19%
    Joel Embiid
    (88 votes)
  • 4%
    Tobias Harris
    (19 votes)
  • 14%
    Ben Simmons
    (66 votes)
449 votes total Vote Now