Note: There is no traditional recap post for this game.
Sixers Bell Ringer Season Standings:
Joel Embiid - 17
Tobias Harris - 8
Ben Simmons - 7
Shake Milton - 4
Matisse Thybulle - 2
Tyrese Maxey - 1
Dakota Mathias - 1
Furkan Korkmaz - 1
Coming into the day, the Sixers were down two starters in Joel Embiid and Seth Curry. Then, following shootaround, Ben Simmons was also ruled out due to knee soreness. Suddenly, things were looking a little hairy for the Sixers in their last game at home before embarking on a six-game road trip. However, the rest of the roster more than handled its business right from the get-go, doubling the Kings up in the first quarter, 42-21.
All game long, Philadelphia had it going from outside, finishing 11-of-23 from behind the arc (an even better mark before garbage time). The Sixers’ lead would balloon to as many as 36 points in the third quarter. The only downside was the Kings cutting the lead back below 20 in the fourth quarter, precipitating the return of the starters, which wasn’t ideal given the back-to-back tomorrow in New York. Still, we’ll take the convincing 129-105 win. To the Bell Ringer!
Tobias Harris: 29 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals, 0 turnovers
I don’t think I could even find a negative in what was a pretty flawless game for Tobias Harris. Tasked with an even bigger offensive burden than usual with both All-Stars absent, the results were terrific with Tobias dishing a season-high eight assists. Tobi might have had his first career triple-double if the game had been more competitive and he played his normal allotment of minutes (he only logged 30 tonight). In the scoring department, it didn’t matter what the Kings did to try and stop Harris. He hit open jumpers, contested jumpers, and bullied his way through traffic, finishing 12-of-18 from the field. Tobias’ 23 points in the first half were his most in a half this season. I bet Sacramento feels like they played against an All-Star tonight.
TOBIAS HAS 2️⃣1️⃣ FIRST-HALF POINTS pic.twitter.com/30jMmtQlLG— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) March 21, 2021
Danny Green: 18 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, 0 turnovers
You usually know pretty quickly whether or not Danny is feeling it, and he was certainly feeling it Saturday night. Green hit three 3s in the first quarter, finishing 4-of-6 from downtown. But his offensive game wasn’t limited to spot-up 3s, as Green stepped in and hit a couple jumpers inside the arc as well. He also tossed a beautiful alley-oop pass to Matisse Thybulle in transition, and pulled a T.J. McConnell with a backcourt in-bounds steal for a bucket. We witnessed both effective and highly entertaining play from the veteran wing.
Danny channeling his inner T.J. McConnell! pic.twitter.com/iLwwgPvBaZ— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) March 21, 2021
Shake Milton: 28 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 1 steal, 2 turnovers
Shake was the rare Sixer who got off to a rough start in this game, shooting just 1-of-6 for four points in the first quarter. Milton was outstanding from there on out, however, ending his night 9-of-17 from the field and 9-of-11 from the foul line for 28 points, tied for his second-highest total in a game this season. You had to love the aggressiveness from Milton, as the 11 free throw attempts represented a career-high. Plus, Shake’s ability to create just enough space for himself to knock down those pull-up and turnaround mid-range jumpers is such a necessary dynamic for the Sixers’ offense.
Shake's got his groove back pic.twitter.com/Rav78jiO4p— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) March 21, 2021
Tony Bradley: 14 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 1 turnover
Tonight wasn’t quite “MVP Tony Bradley” from the Bulls game, but it was close. I continue to be impressed with Tony’s soft hands and touch around the basket. He made some tough catches in traffic and converted on a pair of very smooth-looking hook shots. Defensively, Bradley is generally in the right place and doesn’t do anything to hurt his team. His block was a nice play to help down and swat a driving De’Aaron Fox.
Matisse Thybulle: 8 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 0 turnovers
Tonight wasn’t the usual cavalcade of stocks for Thybulle, but we still watched him teleport for a block from behind of De’Aaron Fox and flash his arms up instantaneously to steal a Buddy Hield pass on a trap. We know his defensive capabilities, so it was also great to see Matisse chip in offensively, going 2-of-4 from downtown. That’s all the Sixers really need from him — knock down a couple jumpers, make the right reads to swing the ball around the perimeter, and get out in transition.
SIXERS BALLIN' EARLY pic.twitter.com/MtiSFKfuO2— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) March 21, 2021
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