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Sixers Bell Ringer: Game 63 - Sixers FINALLY earn road win with 125-108 victory over Kings

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ALERT! This is not a drill!

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Sacramento Kings Sergio Estrada-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 - 3
Al Horford - 1
James Ennis - 1
Raul Neto - 1
Glenn Robinson III - 1

Once again playing without the team’s two biggest stars and three starters overall, the rest of the Sixers roster stepped up in a big way, earning a 125-108 win over the Kings to snap a nine-game road losing streak. Philadelphia was hot from behind the arc, shooting 17-of-37 (45.9 percent) from 3 on the game, and built a lead as big as 20 points in the fourth quarter. In true Sixers fashion, we received a scare, as Sacramento went on a 16-2 run to close the deficit to six points. However, some timely buckets finally stemmed the tide and the Sixers prevailed. A road win. Something to tell the grandkids about. Who’s your Bell Ringer?

Tobias Harris: 28 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, 2 turnovers

Tobias looked ready to put the team on his back in the first half, dropping 19 points before halftime. He had the outside shot working (he finished 4-of-6 from 3 on the game), even connecting on a stepback 3 right in Harrison Barnes’ face. But Harris also took advantage of times with smaller defenders on him, routinely backing down someone like Bogdan Bogdanovic or Kent Bazemore and then finishing over him. Harris had a much quieter second half, but when the Kings were on that 16-2 run in the fourth quarter, it was Tobi who snapped it by going in isolation and hitting a tough baseline jumper. You also have to give him credit for stepping up his effort on the glass with 14 rebounds; it’s one thing to go small, but it takes guys playing big to make it work.

Shake Milton: 20 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 1 turnover

Oh look, another casual 20-point game for Shake Milton, the third time he has scored at least that many points in his past five games. Shake picked his spots very well, shooting an efficient 8-of-14 from the field, including 3-of-5 from 3. He didn’t just knock down open shots though, but made some high-level moves, such as when he set up De’Aaron Fox with a drive to the left, and then spun back into the lane for an and-one. Milton also set up his teammates well, feeding a beautiful bounce pass to Al Horford underneath for a dunk late in the game. Shake looks to be playing with more and more confidence with each passing game.

Al Horford: 18 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 turnover

Freed from the shackles of getting owned by a generational big man in his prime in Anthony Davis, Horford had one of his better games of the season Thursday night in Sacramento. He hit two 3s in the first quarter, part of his 10 points in the opening frame. But Horford’s presence was really felt as a distributor, working the ball around brilliantly from the high post, either finding someone like Tobias down low or skipping the ball to an open man around the arc. Al also looked spry in making some terrific hustle plays, be it tracking down a loose ball or getting a tip. I know plus/minus has plenty of flaws, but Horford was a PLUS-41, the best mark of the 13-year veteran’s career.

Alec Burks: 17 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 1 turnover

Burks was excellent in his role as a sparkplug off the bench. He hit some big outside shots, going 3-of-6 from downtown. However, it was his fearlessness in attacking the basket where Burks really shined. On multiple occasions, he would drive straight into the teeth of the defense and somehow find a way to flip the ball up and in. He simply jumpstarted the energy of the team, perhaps best exemplified on the play where he swiped the ball from Buddy Hield in the backcourt and converted an and-one at the rim.

Raul Neto: 16 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 2 turnovers

Neto probably didn’t have the biggest impact on this game overall, but nobody played a better six minutes of basketball than Raul did across the last six minutes of the third quarter. The backup point guard went off for 14 of the Sixers’ 19 points across that time frame, helping shoot Philadelphia’s 6-point lead back up to 16. He knocked down two triples, and canned a pull-up jumper on the team’s last possession of the quarter. Without him, the Sixers’ lead might not have been big enough and that last Kings push could have put Sacramento over the top.

Poll

Who is the Sixers’ Bell Ringer for the ROAD WIN over the Kings?

This poll is closed

  • 49%
    Tobias Harris
    (555 votes)
  • 16%
    Shake Milton
    (183 votes)
  • 29%
    Al Horford
    (335 votes)
  • 1%
    Alec Burks
    (18 votes)
  • 3%
    Raul Neto
    (39 votes)
1130 votes total Vote Now