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Sixers Bell Ringer: Game 53 - In return home, Sixers halt losing skid with big win over Memphis

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There’s no team-in-turmoil at home

Memphis Grizzlies v Philadelphia 76ers Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/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

Ben Simmons - 15
Tobias Harris - 10
Joel Embiid - 9
Josh Richardson - 8
Matisse Thybulle - 3
Furkan Korkmaz - 3
Al Horford - 1
James Ennis - 1
Raul Neto - 1
Shake Milton - 1

The less-energetic doppelgangers who were masquerading in Sixers uniforms the past four games were replaced by the real Philadelphia squad somewhere in the PHL airport in the last 24 hours. Back in the friendly confines of the Wells Fargo Center, the Sixers shot 14-of-25 from behind the arc and used a 39-point third quarter to pull away from the Memphis Grizzlies and build a lead as large as 33 points. While Josh Richardson made his return to the court, the only downside of the night from the team’s 119-107 win was Joel Embiid leaving at halftime with neck stiffness. Nevertheless, Philadelphia moved to 23-2 at home this season and we can neatly line up the pitchforks back in the storage shed. Let’s choose a Bell Ringer, from a win!

Furkan Korkmaz: 34 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block, 2 turnovers

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Oh, Glenn Robinson III, you thought you were going to come in and be the new top outside shooter on the team? As Lee Corso would say, not so fast, my friend! Furkan Korkmaz staked his claim to regular rotation minutes on the wing, absolutely going off for a career-high 34 points.

Korkmaz was pretty darn close to perfect, shooting 13-of-17 from the field and 7-of-9 from behind the arc. He went off for 20 first-half points, and then with the third quarter winding down, surpassed his previous career-high with a classic Lou-for-one play where he pulled up from 27 feet away. Then, when the Grizzlies were getting a little too close for comfort midway through the fourth quarter, he hit his sixth 3 of the game while getting fouled. He tacked on one more triple later to earn a well-deserved standing ovation from the Wells Fargo Center crowd. On his exemplary performance, Furkan said, “I just made it rain.”

Ben Simmons: 22 points, 4 rebounds, 10 assists, 3 steals, 1 block, 7 turnovers

Memphis Grizzlies v Philadelphia 76ers Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

The seven turnovers were ugly, with Ben leaving his feet before making ill-advised passes, and losing control of the ball on charges to the rim. However, everything else about his night was terrific. He made some heady steals, including one where he swiped it from Ja Morant as the Grizzlies point guard was looking back to get instructions from the bench. Ben whipped out some outstanding passes, sliding a slick bounce pass to Korkmaz for a dunk and going behind-the-back to Shake Milton in the corner (Shake ruined the highlight by missing the wide-open 3). He powered his way through and around Memphis defenders for a handful of dunks and acrobatic finishes around the rim. Plus, Simmons continued his much-improved free throw shooting of late, going 4-of-5 from the foul line.

Tobias Harris: 21 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocks, 0 turnovers

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Harris was a huge part of the team’s third-quarter surge, recording 11 points and four assists in the frame. Tobi shot 3-of-4 from downtown, and when he wasn’t cashing in from long range, the forward was driving into the teeth of the defense to pull up for a mid-range jumper or draw multiple defenders and find a cutting teammate. Tobias also made a nice block of Jaren Jackson Jr. when the young big man tried to post him up early in the game, another sign that Harris can body up larger opposition when the Sixers need to cross-match, something we’ve seen in the past.

Al Horford: 10 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 0 turnovers

Memphis Grizzlies v Philadelphia 76ers Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

Not coincidentally, Al Horford scored all 10 of his points and recorded four of his six assists in the second half, after Joel Embiid had exited the proceedings. Maybe if the combination of neck stiffness and hand pain finally forces Embiid to rest a few games, Horford can get on track. Tonight was a good start. You had to love Big Al playing help defense to swat Ja Morant and give the rookie one fewer highlight on the season. He also shot 2-of-5 from downtown, plus quieted the home crowd after making what was actually a long two-pointer. I’m still not sure what to make of it, but I laughed.

Poll

Who is the Bell Ringer for the win over Memphis?

This poll is closed

  • 92%
    Furkan Korkmaz
    (1354 votes)
  • 6%
    Ben Simmons
    (99 votes)
  • 0%
    Tobias Harris
    (3 votes)
  • 1%
    Al Horford
    (15 votes)
1471 votes total Vote Now