For a refresher on our Bell Ringer series, take a look back at our first post of the season.
Bell Ringer Standings
Ben Simmons - 11
Tobias Harris - 8
Joel Embiid - 8
Josh Richardson - 8
Matisse Thybulle - 3
Furkan Korkmaz - 1
Al Horford - 1
James Ennis - 1
The Sixers once again found themselves in a close contest down the stretch, but this time, thanks to the mystical powers of home-court advantage, they ended the game on a 13-2 run to top the Brooklyn Nets, 117-106. There were plenty of strong performances from the team in red, so let’s get right to our Bell Ringer candidates.
Tobias Harris: 34 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 0 turnovers
Harris was the team’s most reliable source of offense all throughout the game, shooting an outstanding 14-of-20 from the field and 4-of-6 from behind the arc. What turned his night from great to special, though, was how he stepped up in the guts of the game. With it still a one-possession game with a little over two minutes left, Harris bailed out the Sixers at the end of the shot clock by draining a contested 3. Two possessions later, Tobi calmly navigated into the mid-range and nailed a pull-up jumper. 30 seconds later, he drove the lane and served up a beautiful floater to effectively end Brooklyn’s night by giving the Sixers their largest lead of the game at nine. Harris finished with 11 points in the fourth quarter, channeling 2008 Brad Lidge as the Lights Out closer for the Sixers.
Ben Simmons: 20 points, 6 rebounds, 11 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 4 turnovers
“Ben Simmons explodes in the first quarter” now appears to be a regular part of the Sixers’ game plan. Ben came out aggressive once again, scoring 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting in the first quarter. Maybe Taurean Prince looked so bewildered by this spin because the Aussie was channeling the Coriolis forces and going in the opposite direction.
Throughout the game, Simmons didn’t shirk away, continuing to make the right reads and find his teammates for buckets. Ben even pulled a T.J. McConnell and stole a backcourt in-bounds pass to put another two on the scoreboard. He also made the subtler plays, like walling off Spencer Dinwiddie on a foray around the basket to force a turnover with three minutes left. It was another outstanding outing for the Sixers star.
Josh Richardson: 15 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 3 blocks, 2 turnovers
I think a fair amount of the credit for Kyrie Irving’s 6-of-21 shooting night has to go to J-Rich. I mean, blocking this shot and then forcing it off Kyrie’s own body for the turnover is just adding insult to injury.
MY GOODNESS, HAVE MERCY JOSH RICHARDSON. pic.twitter.com/UsZdVfBso8— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) January 16, 2020
In addition to his solid defense, Richardson chipped in offensively from the mid-range, hitting a handful of his usual array of floaters, fadeaways, and pull-up jumpers. He wasn’t “Eastern Conference Player of the Week Josh Richardson” tonight, but he was still vital to the cause.
Matisse Thybulle: 5 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 4 blocks, 0 turnovers
The first half was like a shot of pure Matisse straight to the veins. Oh yeah, that’s the good stuff! Three times he blocked his man in on-ball defense, including a slithering from-behind rejection of Kyrie Irving. Two of those plays led directly to Thybulle’s two buckets for the game, a lay-up in transition and a corner 3. A block followed by a 3 as part of a 10-second sequence? That’s taking the 3-and-D label quite literally.
Matisse Thybulle gettin' it done on both ends ❌ pic.twitter.com/021egzCAvS— ClutchPoints NBA (@ClutchPointsNBA) January 16, 2020
Furkan Korkmaz: 15 points, 2 rebounds, 2 turnovers
Furkan didn’t have the most efficient game, shooting 5-of-13 from the field, but he was a huge part of the Sixers’ surge to retake the lead early in the fourth quarter. Ben was using the space afforded him to bring Korkmaz out and screen him open in pages ripped out of the J.J. Redick playbook. On four straight Philadelphia possessions, Korkmaz made a 3, made a 3, got fouled attempting a 3 (making 1-of-3 at the line, I guess we’ll let it slide this time, Furkan), and then converted a lay-up. For those scoring at home, that was nine points in 1:36 of game time. Pop the Kork, indeed!
Heck yeah, furkan right. pic.twitter.com/TopdrGRB7S— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) January 16, 2020
Who is your Bell Ringer for the win over Brooklyn?
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