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Sixers Bell Ringer: Game 18 - Sixers serve up a victory on Thanksgiving Eve

Nothing like home cooking around the holidays as Sixers move to 8-0 in Philadelphia

NBA: Sacramento Kings 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

Josh Richardson - 5
Joel Embiid - 4
Ben Simmons - 3
Tobias Harris - 3
Furkan Korkmaz - 1
Al Horford - 1

Things were looking shaky for Philadelphia midway through Wednesday night’s game against Sacramento — eight second-quarter turnovers had the Sixers up just a single point heading into halftime, and Josh Richardson was ruled out for the second half due to hamstring tightness. Then, Matisse Thybulle had a third quarter to remember, scoring eight points and recording two steals and a block in the period. The Sixers pushed the lead back to double digits and eventually closed out a 97-91 victory over the Kings. Bell Ringer choices are as follows:

Matisse Thybulle: 15 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 4 steals, 2 blocks, 2 turnovers

Sacramento Kings v Philadelphia 76ers Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

With Richardson injured and Furkan Korkmaz struggling, Brett Brown went to Thybulle early in the third quarter, and thank goodness he did. As mentioned in the lead-in, Matisse absolutely exploded in the period to give the Sixers a much-need jolt of energy.

There were multiple huge sequences from Thybulle on both ends of the court: partially blocking a Buddy Hield jumper and running out for a breakaway slam, poking the ball away from Bogdan Bogdanovic from behind and canning a corner 3, and doing the same thing to Hield coming around a screen and flushing it in again. He victimized Hield again in the fourth quarter, absolutely picking the Kings guard’s pocket and flushing home another breakaway dunk. Buddy, stop testing the rookie!

At the end of the night, the 15 points represented a career-high, all on perfect shooting (5-of-5 from the field, 3-of-3 from 3, 2-of-2 from the foul line. The six combined stocks nearly all led to huge plays offensively, and unlike some recent games, Matisse looked to be completely under control on both ends. With Richardson sidelined, the Sixers needed someone else to step up on the wing, and Thybulle went above and beyond in answering the call.

Joel Embiid: 33 points, 16 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks, 3 turnovers

NBA: Sacramento Kings at Philadelphia 76ers Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

After the game, Joel was adamant that he had nothing to prove following Monday night’s scoreless effort in Toronto, but he certainly looked energized to put his best foot forward right from the get-go. Just 23 seconds into the contest, he sized up Richaun Holmes and finished over his former teammate with an emphatic dunk. The next trip down, Embiid brought the ball up the court himself and calmly stepped into a foul-line jumper.

On the glass, Embiid vacuumed up everything, already recording a double-double with just under 9 minutes left in the second quarter. Defensively, he used years of knowledge from practice sessions to shut down Holmes, holding the Kings starter to 3 points on 1-of-4 shooting. If you need just one stat to encapsulate how Joel dominated the proceedings, how about the fact that he made and attempted more free throws than the entire Kings team (12-of-14 compared to 4-of-9).

Al Horford: 12 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 1 turnover

On nights like tonight, you’re reminded how fortunate the Sixers are to have Al Horford as a backup center. As vital as Joel Embiid’s effort was to the cause, it was almost nearly as important that the team was a plus-1 in the over 15 minutes Joel was on the bench. Horford deserves a big hand in that production.

Opponents just have to tip their proverbial caps to Big Al when his shot is falling, because I’m not sure what they can do when he whips out his patented, jab-step, pull-up jumper. Horford even whipped out a counter, on one play utilizing a pump fake and dribble-drive before feeding Ben Simmons with a beautiful bounce pass for a dunk. Defensively, Horford provides outstanding rim protection, but was also quick and heady enough to recover out to the three-point line and block a Nemanja Bjelica 3-point attempt.

Ben Simmons: 10 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, 5 turnovers

Four of Ben’s five turnovers came in that disastrous second quarter, but for the other three quarters, the Sixers point guard played well. He played well defensively and was all over the boards, out-muscling Hield and shoving home one putback during the game-changing third-quarter run. Simmons also made a beautiful left-handed bounce pass from the top of the key to find Josh Richardson on a backdoor cut along the baseline. Ben could maybe cool it with so many turnaround jumpers, though. Opponents would let him square up and take an open jumper whenever he wants, which would presumably be easier.

Poll

Who is the Bell Ringer in the win over Sacramento?

This poll is closed

  • 80%
    Matisse Thybulle
    (800 votes)
  • 17%
    Joel Embiid
    (169 votes)
  • 0%
    Al Horford
    (3 votes)
  • 2%
    Ben Simmons
    (20 votes)
992 votes total Vote Now

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