Note: No traditional recap post for tonight’s game. You know what to do.
Sixers Bell Ringer Season Standings:
Joel Embiid - 8
Tobias Harris - 3
Shake Milton - 3
Tyrese Maxey - 1
Dakota Mathias - 1
On the second night of a road back-to-back, the Sixers had a few starters listed as uncertain prior to the game, but surprisingly, the full starting unit suited up. And a good thing, too! Philadelphia’s bench had an uncharacteristically poor game, only accruing a grand total of two points until late in the third quarter. Still, the stars did just enough to maintain a slight advantage, and though it was a one-possession game inside the final minute, the Sixers were able to hold on for a 114-110 victory. Bell Ringer time!
Joel Embiid: 33 points, 14 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 2 blocks, 3 turnovers
The most surprising starter to suit up of all, Embiid recorded his 50th 30-point, 10-rebound game of his career, becoming the second-quickest to reach that mark, only behind Donovan Mitchell hater Shaquille O’Neal. Most of the offensive damage came in the first half, as Joel drew one foul after another. Three first-half fouls for both Mason Plumlee and Isaiah Stewart meant Detroit had to turn to some total unknown third-stringer named Jahlil Okafor. He calmed down a bit in the scoring department after halftime, but made his presence felt on the defensive end when it mattered most. Inside the final 90 seconds, he stepped up to take a charge on Josh Jackson, and then on the next Detroit possession, blocked Jackson on a drive to the hoop. Capping it all off with two clutch free throws with seven seconds left, it was a fine way for Joel to stamp his star status on this outcome.
Ben Simmons: 20 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals, 1 block, 2 turnovers
Coming off his best quarter of the season in the fourth Friday night, Simmons strung another two together. Ben hit the interior aggressively, with a bevy of post-ups, baby hooks, and trips to the free throw line. He finished with 16 first-half points, one shy of his season-high for a game. All in all, Simmons knocked down 10 of his 12 free throw attempts, including a pair with 21 seconds left to keep the Sixers at a two-possession advantage. Defensively, Ben was exceptional, hustling up and down the floor to break up multiple fast breaks, and putting Pistons in the torture chamber. A 20-point game and All-NBA-caliber defense. Sign me up for more of this!
Absolutely lockdown defense from Ben Simmons pic.twitter.com/U7GX4dnPIH— Jackson Frank (@jackfrank_jjf) January 24, 2021
Tobias Harris: 17 points, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks, 4 turnovers
Another efficient outing for Tobi, who was 3-of-5 from downtown, including a huge shot with three minutes left to extend the lead to six points. Harris was also stout defensively, recording the two blocks and chipping in on the teamwide shutdown of Jerami Grant, although Ben gets the top marks for that effort. Just another night with Harris being a no-doubt-it contributor.
Seth Curry: 14 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 1 turnover
It was the rare Seth Curry performance that didn’t involve any production from behind the arc, but the guard showed how he’s more than just a one-trick pony on the offensive end. Seth ducked in for floaters, drives, and a gorgeous finger roll, and has looked not the least bit rusty the past two games after his COVID quarantine period.
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