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Sixers Bell Ringer: Game 54 - Sixers’ home-court magic conquers all in uneven win over Chicago

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The Furkan renaissance is no bull

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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
Furkan Korkmaz - 4
Matisse Thybulle - 3
Al Horford - 1
James Ennis - 1
Raul Neto - 1
Shake Milton - 1

After jumping out to a big 13-point lead after 12 minutes, the Sixers allowed Chicago back into the game, with the score tied after three quarters. However, Philadelphia did just enough down the stretch to come away with the 118-111 victory, the team’s second-straight win and their 24th in 26 tries at home this season. Now on to the Bell Ringer!

Furkan Korkmaz: 31 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, 2 turnovers

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Is it too late for Furkan Korkmaz to make a sixth man of the year push? Per @SixersStats, Furkan became the first NBA player this season to score 30 points off the bench in consecutive games. Korkmaz shot 12-of-17 from the floor, including 6-of-11 from 3, helping the Sixers jump out to a huge early lead with 17 points in the first quarter. Furk not only drained 3s with his lightning-quick release or venomous pump fake, he also scored via sweeping finger rolls, a side-stepping floater, and a roaring dunk in the final minutes of the game that got the crowd back on its feet. It’s Furkan’s world, my friends, love it or leave it.

Ben Simmons: 19 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, 4 steals, 7 turnovers

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It speaks to Ben’s versatility that his recording a triple-double doesn’t even feel like a particularly noteworthy feat. More impressive was the energy that Ben brought to the table on both ends of the court. His steal coming off his man to help down and knock the ball away from Zach LaVine was masterful, as was his swipe from behind of LaVine later in the game. Offensively, his second straight game with seven turnovers was concerning, but I’ll take those alley-oop dunks and the eurostep (Aussie step?) he showed in the third quarter anytime. Tonight was also the fourth time in the last 10 games that Ben reached double-digit free throw attempts. You have to love the aggressiveness to earn those trips, and his improved effectiveness in converting (7-of-10 tonight).

Joel Embiid: 28 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, 4 blocks, 4 turnovers

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Joel Embiid has to be docked for his part in both Luke Kornet and and Cristiano Felicio scoring season-highs. But he bookended the game for the Sixers offensively, playing wingman to Furkan in the first quarter, before bringing the win home for Philadelphia with 12 points in the fourth quarter. The moment we’ll all remember is Joel draining a long 3 with 39 seconds left to extend the lead to eight and put the game to bed. Afterwards, he shushed the crowd, which Embiid later explained was his just trying to get back to being himself, “being a good a**hole.” As long as the wins keep coming, Sixers fans won’t mind.

Glenn Robinson III: 10 points, 1 rebound, 0 turnovers

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The former Process-era Sixer wasted no time reacclimating himself with the team, shooting 5-of-6 from the field for 10 points in just 12 minutes. Billed as an outside shooter, Robinson showed there are more facets to his overall offensive game, scoring three of his buckets off timely cuts to the basket. So far, so good for one of the Sixers’ trade-deadline acquisitions.

Poll

Who is the Bell Ringer for the win over Chicago?

This poll is closed

  • 75%
    Furkan Korkmaz
    (1130 votes)
  • 8%
    Ben Simmons
    (126 votes)
  • 15%
    Joel Embiid
    (234 votes)
  • 0%
    Glenn Robinson III
    (12 votes)
1502 votes total Vote Now