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Sixers Bell Ringer: Joel Embiid’s 30 points power Philadelphia past Detroit

The superstar center hit a late three to stave off the Pistons’ comeback efforts.

NBA: Detroit Pistons at Philadelphia 76ers Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Sixers Bell Ringer regular season standings

Seth Curry: 2

Furkan Korkmaz: 1

Tobias Harris: 1

In a game that was much closer than necessary, the Philadelphia 76ers picked up their first home win of the season with a 110-102 victory over the Detroit Pistons. They used a scoring flurry shortly before halftime to nab the lead and built a 100-78 advantage with just over six minutes left in the fourth. Detroit rallied late to make it a five-point game, but the clock was its enemy. It’s time to talk Bell Ringer. Let’s get to it.

Joel Embiid: 30 points, 18 rebounds, three assists, one steal

While Embiid still is yet to rediscover his jumper from last season, he did notch his first 30-burger of the year. He dominated the Pistons’ undersized front line en route to 15 free throws (he hit 13 of them) and 18 rebounds (five offensive). Whether it was Isaiah Stewart, Kelly Olynyk or Luka Garza, none proved effective at slowing Embiid. Once again, he posed issues for the opposition with his pick-and-roll coverage and was lively as an off-ball defender. Although he struggled with some sloppy turnovers like Tuesday, Embiid is carrying a massive burden offensively for this team and performed fairly well to fuel a win, punctuated by a bonkers step-back three that iced the game.

Tobias Harris: 17 points, six rebounds, two blocks

For the second consecutive game, Harris matched up with an opponent’s offensive focal point and flustered them. Both on and off the ball, he prevented Jerami Grant from getting to the spots he preferred by denying hand-offs or playing physically when Grant received touches. Similar to his running mate in Embiid, he seized advantage of an undersized Detroit front-court and chiseled his way for scores inside. Thursday marked another impressive outing for Harris, who, again, prominently chipped in on both ends.

Tyrese Maxey: 16 points, six assists, six rebounds, two blocks

Following a down stretch of games, the second-year speedster was cooking against Detroit. He buried both of his long balls, including a step-back, diversely attacked the rim for finishes and crafted a multifaceted defensive signature. On the ball, his quicks and strength caused issues for the Pistons, and he economically navigated screens. Off the ball, he generally rotated well and stayed attached to his covers. The two rejections were the shiny cherry on top of a well-rounded night for Maxey.

Poll

Who is Thursday’s Bell Ringer against the Pistons?

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  • 90%
    Joel Embiid
    (684 votes)
  • 1%
    Tobias Harris
    (9 votes)
  • 7%
    Tyrese Maxey
    (60 votes)
753 votes total Vote Now