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Sixers Bell Ringer: Game 15 - The student beats the teacher again as Sixers top Spurs

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Six Sixers finished in double figures in a strong team effort

NBA: San Antonio Spurs at Philadelphia 76ers Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

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 - 3
Ben Simmons - 3
Tobias Harris - 2
Furkan Korkmaz - 1
Al Horford - 1

The Sixers didn’t waste much time establishing control over the Spurs, building a 13-point lead in the first quarter. San Antonio hung around throughout the contest, but Philadelphia was always able to push the advantage back up to around double digits, eventually winning 115-104. Here are your Bell Ringer candidates:

Tobias Harris: 26 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks, 2 turnovers

The gods of positive regression continue to shine upon Tobi, as he knocked down three of his five 3-pointers on the game. Harris’ performance was about a lot more than good shooting, however, as he was in attack mode throughout the evening. Tobias repeatedly worked Spurs defenders off the dribble, getting to the rim, finishing with short floaters, or hitting a stepback jumper.

He also made the right reads to teammates as needed; the hook pass along the baseline to Furkan in the opposite corner for 3 in the fourth quarter was impressive. To top it off, Harris showed good defensive awareness. On both his steal and the block of Jakob Poeltl, Tobias helped off his man to disrupt the play. Terrific all-around game from the Sixers’ top paid player.

Joel Embiid: 21 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 4 turnovers

Embiid got into some early foul trouble or he could have had an even bigger night. He sank his first eight field goal attempts before finally missing in the third quarter, finishing 9-of-13 from the floor. JoJo served LaMarcus Aldridge a steady diet of mid-range jumpers, including some silky smooth one-legged fadeaways. He also got Poeltl to bit on the pump fake from the top of the key, leading to a romp down the lane for a lay-in. Toss in 14 rebounds in just 28 minutes, and it was clear who was in charge down in the painted area.

Al Horford: 18 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 turnover

Big Al bounced back from a lackluster effort against the Knicks with a strong outing Friday night, particularly in a first half where he recorded 10 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists. Horford had the mid-range game working with aplomb, shooting 6-of-7 on two-point jump shots, part of an overall 8-of-14 night from the field. He also did an excellent job of setting the screen to free his teammate coming off a dribble handoff; three of his assists came on such plays.

Beyond the stats, Al just seemed more active tonight directing the action and communicating with his teammates. I loved one shot we received of him explaining something to Matisse Thybulle coming out of a timeout; Horford wasn’t even in the game at the time. He’s the perfect veteran presence to have on this team.

James Ennis: 13 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 turnover

Ennis continued his excellent week off the bench, reaching double figures for the third straight contest. He finished 5-of-6 from the field and 3-of-4 from 3, also grabbing his customary two offensive rebounds, finishing one with a mid-air reverse lay-in. The defense was hard-nosed as usual, if perhaps a little overaggressive with Ennis picking up five fouls in 15 minutes. James can afford to go that hard knowing his role as a reserve, though. Great energy and production from Ennis tonight in leading the second unit.

Furkan Korkmaz: 17 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 turnover

Although Furkan had a few defensive lapses, he is out there to hit shots, and hit shots he did. Filling in for Josh Richardson once again in the starting lineup, Korkmaz had a much better outing than Wednesday night, shooting 4-of-7 from downtown. Furkan hit a couple jumpers off the dribble, and even converted a three-point play when knocking down a mid-range floater through contact. In the last five minutes of the game, he nailed two big 3-pointers to help seal the victory. Pop the Kork!

Ben Simmons: 10 points, 10 rebounds, 13 assists, 2 steals, 1 block, 5 turnovers

It was nearly the perfect “Andre Iguodala” triple-double for Ben, who wasn’t nearly as aggressive as Wednesday night, but was still a positive presence for the team. Having Simmons out there to grab-and-go off a defensive rebound is so important for a Sixers team that has trouble creating offense in the half court. My favorite Simmons pass of the night, though, came on a drive where he whipped the ball with his right hand to the opposite corner for a Harris 3. That was the sort of play only a 6-foot-10 point guard could make.

Simmons definitely needs to seek out contact around the rim better; a few of his misses near the basket (as part of his 3-of-10 night) came as a result of actively trying to avoid bodies down there. Of five turnovers, two were offensive fouls that could have gone either way, particularly a ticky-tack call were it looked like Marco Belinelli flopped, one he lost his footing, and one there was a miscommunication between he and Tobias. Only one giveaway was a poor entry pass where he didn’t read the help defender. So some room for improvement, but still a helpful effort from Ben.

Poll

Who is the Bell Ringer in the win over San Antonio?

This poll is closed

  • 70%
    Tobias Harris
    (725 votes)
  • 7%
    Joel Embiid
    (73 votes)
  • 2%
    Al Horford
    (27 votes)
  • 3%
    James Ennis
    (33 votes)
  • 8%
    Furkan Korkmaz
    (83 votes)
  • 8%
    Ben Simmons
    (88 votes)
1029 votes total Vote Now