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Sixers Bell Ringer: Game 61 - Make it eight straight road losses for Sixers in 136-130 defeat to Clippers

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At least we still have Shake Milton

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Los Angeles Clippers Jayne Kamin-Oncea-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

Ben Simmons - 16
Joel Embiid - 11
Tobias Harris - 11
Josh Richardson - 8
Furkan Korkmaz - 6
Matisse Thybulle - 3
Shake Milton - 2
Al Horford - 1
James Ennis - 1
Raul Neto - 1

Well, given the full range of outcomes of how this afternoon’s game in Los Angeles could have gone, I think what we viewed from the Sixers has to lean towards the positive side of things. Philadelphia jumped out to an early 14-point advantage midway through the first quarter, eventually scorching the nets with 39 points through the opening frame. However, the Clippers chipped away at the deficit and later turned the tide by outscoring the Sixers 38-24 in the third quarter.

The Sixers didn’t throw in the towel, however, and kept fighting, making it a four-point game with less than two minutes remaining. They didn’t have quite enough firepower to complete the comeback, though, and fell 136-130 to Los Angeles for their eighth-straight loss on the road. Adding injury to insult, Josh Richardson collided with Alec Burks in the first half, and is now in the concussion protocol. What’s a game of basketball without another injury to a Sixers starter? On to the Bell Ringer:

Shake Milton: 39 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, 2 turnovers

Check out Shake Milton, going from fun story stepping up with a couple star players out, to the best player on the floor for extended stretches in a game featuring a two-time Finals MVP. Shake nearly topped his previous career-high of 27 points by halftime, scoring 26 points on 10-of-11 shooting across the opening two periods. He would eventually obliterate that mark with 39 points, while setting an NBA-record for most 3-pointers made in a row with 14 straight across multiple games. Milton cooled off a bit in the second half, ending the game only 7-of-9 from downtown.

Whoever the Clippers threw at him, he was able to score. Shake was pulling up in Ivica Zubac’s face out of the pick-and-roll, stepping back for a long 3 over Reggie Jackson, or driving past KAWHI LEONARD for a pretty, twirling lay-in at the rim. It’s so nice to have a guy where when he receives a high pick-and-roll at the top of the key, he’s a threat to just pull up from behind the line, drive into the big man and create enough space to shoot over him, or quick and crafty enough to get to the basket. If the Sixers are going to lose a game, do it with a former second-round pick going off for 39 points. It’s the most victorious of moral victories.

Mike Scott: 11 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 1 block, 0 turnovers

It’s safe to say that Mike Scott has not been the positive bench contributor the Sixers were hoping for heading into the season, but against his former club Sunday afternoon, the forward had a throwback performance. Scott had a flurry of scoring in the last two minutes and change of the second quarter, tallying eight quick points. He finished the game 3-of-4 from downtown. But he also played with intensity on both ends of the court, crashing into the paint for a pair of offensive rebounds, making a great feed to Al Horford underneath off a drive, and making good reads to jump the passing lane for a pair of third-quarter steals. With viable rotation players seemingly dropping by the day, the Sixers will need more outings like this from Scott.

Tobias Harris: 25 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 1 turnover

Another former Clipper, Tobias did his best to help the Sixers go shot-for-shot with the high-powered Los Angeles offensive attack. Harris recorded 13 points in the first quarter, making three of his four 3-point attempts. He didn’t make any more treys, but finished the afternoon 11-of-21 from the field, including his rim-rattling dunk with two minutes left. It was a worthy follow-up performance to his 34-point effort Thursday night.

Poll

Who is the Sixers’ Bell Ringer from the loss to the Clippers?

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  • 98%
    Shake Milton
    (1174 votes)
  • 0%
    Mike Scott
    (10 votes)
  • 0%
    Tobias Harris
    (6 votes)
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