Note: There is no traditional recap post for this game.
Sixers Bell Ringer season standings:
Joel Embiid - 23
Tobias Harris - 13
Ben Simmons - 7
Shake Milton - 6
Tyrese Maxey - 3
Matisse Thybulle - 2
Danny Green - 2
Furkan Korkmaz - 2
Dakota Mathias - 1
Tony Bradley - 1
Weighed down by a season-worst four-game losing streak, the Sixers found the perfect remedy for what ailed them Monday night: an Oklahoma City Thunder opponent bound and determined to tank their way to the bottom. The young Thunder squad turned it over a season-high 29 times, with the Sixers’ 22 steals representing their most in a game in 35 years. As the game progressed, the lead steadily grew, and Philadelphia’s starting unit was able to take a seat for the fourth quarter for the 121-90 win. They don’t factor in difficulty points at the top of the Eastern Conference standings. The Sixers are back within a game of Brooklyn for first place, as we turn our attention to tonight’s Bell Ringer. We honestly could have recognized about 10 different guys tonight, so apologies for any oversights.
Joel Embiid: 21 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals, 2 turnovers
Joel often looked to have things dialed back to about 70 percent intensity, and still managed to put up a team-high 21 points in 23 minutes. The big man got to the foul line for nine attempts, making seven, and even had a solid night behind the arc, going 2-of-5. We’ve seen Embiid dominate some of the top defenders in the league, so it’s a hard assignment for some of these Oklahoma City youngsters to have to contend with him. Good to see Joel get some extra rest for that injured shoulder, which still looked to be bothering him on the court.
Could Embiid have made this look any easier??pic.twitter.com/O4CPq947cU— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) April 26, 2021
Ben Simmons: 12 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks, 2 turnovers
Less than 30 seconds into the game, Simmons drove and assisted Furkan Korkmaz on a perimeter jumper. Oh, how I’m sure Ben’s teammates missed receiving those open looks while the 6-foot-10 point guard was sidelined due to illness. Ben didn’t look too worse for wear from his time off, getting out for runout dunks and even converting a couple of his hooks in the half-court. Of course, the Defensive Player of the Year candidate got involved in all the defensive havoc with five stocks, including the hellacious blocked corner 3 of Philly’s own Charlie Brown. People weren’t closing out on Charlie like this at Hawk Hill.
Dwight Howard: 9 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 turnover
You know in pick-up games, when you’re playing against the older guy who is just immovable in the paint? The classic old man strength? That was Dwight Howard against the baby Thunder. Dwight was a wrecking ball on the interior, snagging four offensive rebounds and drawing fouls and collecting finishes at the rim. In the prototypical Howard move, we saw him grab the defensive rebound and celebrating the Frosty Freeze Out in one fell swoop. What a showman.
Matisse Thybulle: 6 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals, 1 block, 4 turnovers
Matisse hit a pair of 3s on three attempts, which means two more angels have their wings. Defensively, we’re on about our third pass of every superlative to describe what Thybulle is doing out there. The ground on covers on the court sometimes simply doesn’t seem feasible. With the score still quasi-close at the end of the first half, it was Matisse making a tremendous play to jump the passing lane, and maintain his balance along the sideline just long enough to feed Ben Simmons ahead for the dunk. That had to be an incredibly deflating way for the Thunder to head into the locker room, and basically set the tone for the game to break wide open in the second half.
MATISSE STEAL. BEN SLAM. WOW. THAT'S HOW YOU END THE HALF pic.twitter.com/RqDOVwu30K— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) April 27, 2021
Paul Reed: 10 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 2 blocks, 1 turnover
I wanted to acknowledge one member of the deep bench brigade, so why not the man who came a rebound shy of a double-double in just 10 minutes of action. Reed was his usual bouncy self, helping Sixers fans stay entertained well after the result had been decided. How’s this dunk for an exclamation point on this win?
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