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Sixers Bell Ringer: A satisfying smackdown for the Sixers in Boston

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Bring out the brooms!

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Sixers Bell Ringer Season Standings:

Joel Embiid - 17
Tobias Harris - 12
Ben Simmons - 7
Shake Milton - 5
Matisse Thybulle - 2
Danny Green - 2
Tyrese Maxey - 2
Dakota Mathias - 1
Furkan Korkmaz - 1
Tony Bradley - 1

Following a quick back-to-back at home, the Sixers started their four-game road trip with all five starters available in Boston. After some hot outside shooting by the Celtics kept the game close early, Philadelphia broke the game open with a 21-2 run in the second quarter. The Sixers played outstanding team defense all night long, and Boston was only too happy to help Philly out with some laughably bad passes of their own. It all added up to 20 Celtics turnovers. Philadelphia maintained a comfortable double-digit lead the rest of the way, culminating in a 106-96 victory. A 3-0 season sweep of the Celtics! And now, Bell Ringer.

Joel Embiid: 35 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 4 turnovers

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Joel Embiid finished this season series averaging over 38 points per game in the three contests against Boston, who simply have no solution for slowing down the big man. Embiid started grinding the Celtics into dust early with 12 first-quarter points, six coming via the charity stripe. Robert Williams III was placed into foul trouble; he would eventually foul out early in the fourth quarter. Luke Kornet was thrown into a locker. Brad Stevens would even try little-used giant Tacko Fall for nine minutes. None of it worked.

When he wasn’t just being too big and strong, Embiid repeatedly used his pull-through move to get to the foul line. He finished 16-of-20 from the line, but said after the game he was pissed off because he should be a 90 percent shooter. Joel also hit just enough jumpers to mix things up, including a gorgeous stepback in the fourth quarter. He also made the right reads on double teams, jumpstarting the ball movement for eventual open shots for a teammate. Embiid must have had a cameo in Godzilla vs. King Kong given the level of destruction he rained down in Boston.

Danny Green: 17 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 1 turnover

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The Sixers’ sniper continued his hot stretch of late, starting the game 4-of-4 from 3, and finishing 5-of-6 behind the arc. Green is now 38-of-70 from 3 over his last 10 games; the efficiency is outstanding, obviously, even if he will naturally regress some, but you also love the volume. 11 of Danny’s 17 points came during that pivotal 21-2 run, and even featured him stealing a fumbled in-bounds pass in the backcourt for a bucket — always a crowd-pleaser. He’s the perfect outside-shooting complement and a great communicator on defense. Good to still have Danny around post-deadline.

Ben Simmons: 12 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, 2 turnovers

Like basically the entire team, Ben had a strong defensive game, keeping Jayson Tatum reasonably in check and making a pair of great steals from behind in the fourth quarter. I felt compelled to include him on this list, however, despite an extremely rough offensive game, because of this finish.

I mean, wow. How can Simmons be capable of that masterpiece, and in the same game, hit the underside of the rim trying to post up Marcus Smart? Puzzling. But kudos to Ben on the highlight and what was on balance a positive performance.

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Who is the Bell Ringer for the win in Boston?

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  • 87%
    Joel Embiid
    (1262 votes)
  • 9%
    Danny Green
    (135 votes)
  • 3%
    Ben Simmons
    (53 votes)
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