Sixers Bell Ringer Season Standings:
Joel Embiid - 5
Tobias Harris - 3
Shake Milton - 1
Tyrese Maxey - 1
Dakota Mathias - 1
In a game of depleted rosters and wild swings, the Sixers blew a double-digit fourth-quarter lead, then came back from a five-point deficit in the final 30 seconds to force overtime. Joel Embiid and Tyler Herro traded shots in overtime, but it was Dakota Mathias who hit a 3 (his only field goal of the game) with 26 seconds left to give Philadelphia the lead for good. In the end, a 137-134 overtime win for the Sixers, and a Bell Ringer to choose for us.
Joel Embiid: 45 points, 16 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals, 1 block, 4 turnovers
Tonight may well be Exhibit A in an MVP campaign slideshow for Joel Embiid. With Ben Simmons struggling before fouling out, and two of the team’s other starters absent, the big man did the proverbial “strap the team on his back” throughout the game. With the Sixers trailing coming out of halftime, it was Joel who scored 20 points in the third quarter, scoring or assisting on 27 consecutive Sixers points, and serving as the catalyst for the team’s 17-0 run to retake the lead. Late in the game and overtime, Joel served as lead initiator for the offense, surveying the court from the middle of the court, and iso-ing into a flurry of pull-up jumpers. In addition to the game-tying shot with seconds left in regulation, Embiid also scored the Sixers’ first nine points of the overtime period.
Embiid finished a perfect 13-of-13 from the free throw line, fighting through double- and even triple-teams to draw countless Heat fouls. He was also his usual menacing self on the defensive end, recording a career-high five steals by diagnosing and disrupting one Miami drive after another. Joel could hardly have done more to prove his overall value than he did on this night.
Joel Embiid for the tie. pic.twitter.com/FoxFd0BDiN— Jackson Frank (@jackfrank_jjf) January 13, 2021
Danny Green: 29 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 6 turnovers
As it turns out, all the missed shots from Danny Monday night just meant he was saving up the makes for tonight. Green set a career-high and tied a Sixers franchise record with nine 3-pointers on a whopping 21 attempts. With Embiid resting early in the fourth quarter, it was Green stepping up with back-to-back 3s to help extend the Sixers’ lead to double digits. The 33-year-old really answered the bell with a shortened roster and Ben Simmons and Tyrese Maxey then fouling out, recording 50 minutes of action and filling out the stat sheet. In addition to his marksmanship, Green made a couple huge defensive plays, rising up to reject Chris Silva at the rim earlier in the game, and poking the ball away from Tyler Herro in the waning of seconds of regulation to give the Sixers a chance to tie. Tonight was the most fiery of infernos for Icy Hot.
Isaiah Joe: 13 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks, 0 turnovers
Joe continued seizing the opportunity afforded to him by the team’s COVID-related absences, draining four 3s for the second straight night (this time on 10 attempts), and showing no hesitation in the biggest of moments. With the game slipping away from Philadelphia, it was Joe who seized the reins of destiny and pulled up for a long 3 to cut a five-point deficit to two with 22 seconds left in regulation. Even forced into some point guard duties, the Sixers’ second-round pick looks more and more comfortable on an NBA court with each passing game.
Isaiah Joe looking very confident with a smooth pull-up 3: pic.twitter.com/GT6J70upog— Tom West (@TomWestNBA) January 13, 2021
Who is the Bell Ringer in the overtime win over Miami?
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