Sixers Bell Ringer Season Standings:
Joel Embiid - 3
Tobias Harris - 1
Dakota Mathias - 1
The Sixers started 2021 how they ended 2020: getting buckets. For the second straight game, the Sixers topped 70 points in the first half, finishing the night a hair under 60 percent from the field (47-of-79, 59.5 percent) in an outstanding 127-112 win over Charlotte. Six Sixers finished in double figures, with four different Sixers sinking at least three shots from behind the arc. All of it was enough to overcome 35 points from Terry Rozier, who went 7-of-11 from downtown to help the game remain in that 10-to-18-point margin range for most of the night. First place! Let’s choose a Bell Ringer.
Tobias Harris: 24 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals, 3 blocks, 5 turnovers
Every time Tobias Harris pulls a quick-trigger 3 when he’s open, an angel gets its wings. What a terrific across-the-board performance from Tobi, who shot 9-of-14 from the field and 4-of-7 from 3 to go along with all the other delicious stats. In addition to the quick decision-making on offense that has been discussed ad nauseum, you have to be encouraged by Harris’ continued efforts defensively. He was active in getting his hands into the passing lanes, and he made a terrific timing leap to reject center Bismack Biyombo’s shot attempt at the rim. Nothing personifies Tobias’ resurgence, however, quite like this absolute Thor’s Hammer of a dunk, which is more powerful than I’ve ever seen him attack the rim.
This was a hammer from Tobias pic.twitter.com/avxlvGc7sA— Michael K-B (@therealmikekb) January 3, 2021
Ben Simmons: 15 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 4 turnovers
Ben recorded his first of presumably many triple-doubles of the season, as he really looked to be making a concerted effort to act as a facilitator offensively. Some of his feeds were simply sublime; I particularly enjoyed his between-the-legs drop-off pass to Seth Curry in transition for a 3, that also involved Ben setting a pass after giving up the ball. As the game wore on, Ben picked his spots a bit more for himself, scoring off a hard cut here or a post-up there. And as always, Simmons made his mark with a couple defensive plays, including this hustle play where he somehow corralled the ball with the end of one hand.
Pretty awesome steal from Ben Simmons pic.twitter.com/MHieJ418zd— Jackson Frank (@jackfrank_jjf) January 3, 2021
Seth Curry: 21 points, 6 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 2 turnovers
Seth shot the ball incredibly well, ending the game 8-of-11 from the floor and 3-of-6 from downtown. The shooting numbers are excellent, obviously, but we kind of knew to expect that from Curry. I was more impressed with the other areas of his game. Seth had a handful of really inventive finishes off the bounce, and his passes were crisp and showed off some flair. This light toss back to Ben in transition for an alley-oop was a masterpiece. I am loving having the best Curry in Philadelphia.
2020-21 Sixers: maybe they’re fun again! pic.twitter.com/wagOQLjk0l— Tyler Monahan (@TMon_19) January 3, 2021
Joel Embiid: 19 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 5 turnovers
Joel took a backseat in the offensive pecking order tonight, but still finished with a solid line thanks to a 7-of-11 effort from the field. He did seem a little frustrated with the refs for not getting some whistles he thought he deserved, and received a tech for flailing an elbow out down in the post. Still, Embiid remained very active on the defensive end and the boards, hustling for multiple tip-outs. Doc Rivers was also once again quick to praise Joel’s passing out of double teams after the game,
Joel Embiid’s growth in passing out of double teams has been so impressive. What a find across the court to an open Maxey pic.twitter.com/wIN7PzBDvL— Tyler Monahan (@TMon_19) January 3, 2021
Shake Milton: 18 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 turnover
Shake had arguably his best game since the season opener, finishing 7-of-13 from the field and 3-of-8 from 3. Any time the Sixers had a bench-heavy lineup in the game and the Hornets were threatening to maybe make it a single-digit game, Milton would step up with a big bucket. The main reason he had to make the list tonight, though, was for busting out the KAREEM SKY HOOK! What????
Who is the first Bell Ringer of 2021?
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