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Sixers Bell Ringer: Philadelphia tops Cleveland to conclude a 4-2 road trip

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Sixers Bell Ringer Season Standings:

Joel Embiid - 17
Tobias Harris - 10
Ben Simmons - 7
Shake Milton - 4
Matisse Thybulle - 2
Danny Green - 2
Tyrese Maxey - 2
Dakota Mathias - 1
Furkan Korkmaz - 1
Tony Bradley - 1

The pesky Cavaliers have been a thorn in the Sixers’ side this season, so it was good to see Philadelphia finally break through in the second half Thursday night. After the hot outside shooting of Kevin Love and Dean Wade kept Cleveland hanging around in the first half, the Sixers’ starters built the lead up to double-digits in the third quarter, before the bench turned on the jets and gave Philadelphia fans a stress-free victory as an unofficial start to the holiday weekend. The Sixers finished on top by a 114-94 score, closing out a successful 4-2 road trip that came without Joel Embiid. Philadelphia returns home Saturday where word is JoJo will return to action. First, though, Bell Ringer.

Shake Milton: 27 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 1 turnover

Philadelphia 76ers v Cleveland Cavaliers Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images

Shake was tremendous on the offensive end in this contest, shooting 10-of-14 from the field. Not only did Milton hit his usual array of pull-up jumpers and contorting lay-ins, but he also had his best outside shooting game of the season, finishing 5-of-7 from behind the arc. Shake operated in an off-ball capacity more than usual, getting open looks off feeds from Tyrese Maxey and Furkan Korkmaz. It was a good evidence point for those making the argument that George Hill’s pending arrival will help Milton by taking some of the ball-handling duties off his plate on the second unit. Shake still did his fair share of playmaking duties, though, including a long beautiful bounce pass to Matisse Thybulle in the open court for a dunk.

Dwight Howard: 18 points, 15 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 2 blocks, 2 turnovers

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The undersized Cavaliers frontcourt had no answer for Dwight’s physical game Thursday night. He cleaned up on the glass, slamming home a pair of putback dunks, and made some savvy slips in the pick-and-roll. More often than not, Cleveland had to resort to fouling the big man, as Howard finished the game with a team-high nine free-throw attempts. After a couple of clunkers over the course of this road trip, it was good to see Dwight get back on track.

Seth Curry: 19 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 0 turnovers

Philadelphia 76ers v Cleveland Cavaliers Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images

America’s most reluctant elite 3-point shooter gave himself the green light in Cleveland. Curry let fly a season-high 10 3-point attempts, knocking down five. Seth was quick to pull the trigger, coming off screens, racing in transition, and pulling up from as far as 31 feet. He also picked Darius Garland’s pocket and set up Danny Green for 3, a pivotal part of the Sixers’ third-quarter surge.

Danny Green: 11 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, 1 block, 1 turnover

Philadelphia 76ers v Cleveland Cavaliers Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images

Green got hot at the right time, sinking all three of his 3s in the third quarter to help the Sixers break the game open. Defensively, although Collin Sexton led Cleveland in scoring with 24 points, Green made a few highly impactful plays against the young guard. He twice poked the ball away from Sexton near mid-court, leading to Philadelphia 3-pointers on the other end. Danny also made a terrific rejection of Sexton on a lay-up attempt. It was the prototypical 3-and-D game for the veteran.

Poll

Who is the Bell Ringer in the win over Cleveland?

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  • 77%
    Shake Milton
    (1017 votes)
  • 17%
    Dwight Howard
    (230 votes)
  • 3%
    Seth Curry
    (49 votes)
  • 0%
    Danny Green
    (10 votes)
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