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Sixers Playoff Bell Ringer: Sixers finally close out Raptors with excellent effort in Toronto

After fretting for days, Philadelphia 76ers fans were treated to a dominant Game 6 win over the Toronto Raptors

Philadelphia 76ers v Toronto Raptors - Game Six Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images

Playoff Bell Ringer standings:

Joel Embiid - 2
Tobias Harris - 2
Tyrese Maxey - 1

With the odds entirely in their favor, the Philadelphia 76ers will not be the first team ever to blow a 3-0 lead, closing out their first-round series with a 132-97 Game 6 victory over the Raptors. The Sixers broke the game wide open in the third quarter, outscoring Toronto, 37-17, in the frame. Although Toronto hurt Philadelphia on the offensive glass yet again, the Sixers did a much better job taking care of the basketball, thereby limiting transition opportunities for the Raptors, who struggled shooting the ball again. Most importantly, the Sixers’ stars played like stars. Let’s get to our Bell Ringer candidates from the series-clinching win.

Joel Embiid: 33 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 3 blocks, 1 turnover

Philadelphia 76ers v Toronto Raptors - Game Six Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images

After what was his poorest performance of the series on both ends in Game 5, you knew Joel Embiid would raise his game in this critical Game 6. And he certainly did, starting with his effort on the defensive side of the ball. Joel was much more attentive, sliding over for an early charge, lurking for a pair of helpside blocks of Precious Achiuwa in the first half, and being his overall usual menacing self. Offensively, Joel didn’t have the three ball working, but his mid-range game was silky smooth, and he got back to powerfully attacking the rim where the undersized Raptors had little recourse but to foul. Embiid would end his night 9-of-10 from the charity stripe. In the midst of putting the game away for good with 12 fourth-quarter points, Joel even briefly brought back his airplane celebration to the “delight” of the Toronto crowd following a dunk with a few minutes in the game. Ever the showman, Joel.

James Harden: 22 points, 6 rebounds, 15 assists, 3 turnovers

2022 NBA Playoffs - Philadelphia 76ers v Toronto Raptors Photo by Vaughn Ridley/NBAE via Getty Images

In his Game 5 post-game press conference, Joel Embiid said he would like Harden to be more aggressive. He got his wish tonight. The Beard looked spry right from the opening tip, getting to the rim right away for easy assists and points of his own. If there was any doubt that Harden was bringing an attacking mentality to the table in Game 6, you only had to wait three minutes to witness this incredible hammer dunk down the lane.

With his 15 assists, Harden was the head of a hyper-efficient offense throughout the night, working the drive-and-kick game expertly. Later on, he even chipped in a couple of his signature step-back threes. However, there was a brief scare after one of those made threes when OG Anunoby came down on Harden’s ankle, leaving the Sixers guard lying on the floor in pain for some time. After a timeout, James did remain in the game, so hopefully, it was a passing discomfort. The Sixers will need this outstanding version of Harden on a more consistent basis moving forward against Miami.

Tyrese Maxey: 25 points, 3 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 turnovers

2022 NBA Playoffs - Philadelphia 76ers v Toronto Raptors Photo by Mark Blinch/NBAE via Getty Images

Against the team that had a chance to trade for him a year ago, it’s only fitting that Tyrese Maxey was the tip of the spear delivering the finishing blow to the Raptors’ season. In the game-breaking third quarter, Maxey went absolutely wild, hitting three of his five three-pointers on the night and scoring 15 points in the frame. In addition to his hot perimeter shooting, Maxey flashed his lightning-quick speed in transition and as a playmaker in the half court. After a couple down games, it was thrilling to see the rising star version of Tyrese re-emerge.

Poll

Who is the Bell Ringer in the series-clinching win over Toronto?

This poll is closed

  • 33%
    Joel Embiid
    (654 votes)
  • 38%
    James Harden
    (748 votes)
  • 27%
    Tyrese Maxey
    (523 votes)
1925 votes total Vote Now