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Sixers Bell Ringer: Sixers hold off late Thunder comeback for road win

Philadelphia looked refreshed after a couple days off and beat one of the top teams in the West.

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Bell Ringer Season Totals:
Tyrese Maxey - 5
Joel Embiid - 4
Tobias Harris - 2
Kelly Oubre Jr. - 1
De’Anthony Melton - 1
Jaden Springer - 1
Paul Reed - 1

Finally getting a couple much-needed days off in the midst of a packed stretch of the schedule, the Philadelphia 76ers survived a combined 64 points from the young duo of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Chet Holmgren to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder, 127-123. After the Thunder retook the lead early in the third quarter, the Sixers surged back to lead by as many as 13 points in the frame. Then, with a few minutes left in the game, a furious Thunder comeback whittled the Sixers’ double-digit advantage down to as little as two points, but some clutch free-throw shooting staved off disaster for Philadelphia. Let’s get to Bell Ringer nominees for the now 11-5 Sixers:

Joel Embiid: 35 points, 11 rebounds, 9 assists, 1 steal, 4 blocks, 4 turnovers

Philadelphia 76ers v Oklahoma City Thunder Photo by Zach Beeker/NBAE via Getty Images

From the very first possession of the game, the Sixers looked determined to exploit their size advantage with Joel Embiid on the interior. Chet Holmgren has the height to defend him, but not the girth. Jaylin Williams the weight, but not the height. And Davis Bertans is a LOL in that department. Joel made hay on the inside and on the offensive glass (four offensive rebounds), while mixing in enough mid-range jumpers to keep the defense honest. When the Thunder tried throwing double teams at him, he did a terrific job finding open teammates, finishing an assist shy of his first triple-double of the season. Embiid received a rest day during Wednesday’s game, and he definitely looked like his legs had some life back in them. He made some extremely athletic blocks and jumpstarted transition opportunities, racing from end-to-end. Oh, and he went 19-of-21 from the foul line, including four straight makes to keep it a two-possession game at the close of the contest.

Tyrese Maxey: 28 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, 1 turnover

Philadelphia 76ers v Oklahoma City Thunder Photo by Zach Beeker/NBAE via Getty Images

Maxey carried the offense for the Sixers tonight in the minutes when Joel was grabbing pine, even overcoming some minutes in the Dorture Chamber to get the best of Lu on a couple occasions. The Sixers only being minus-three when Embiid sat tonight is a credit to Tyrese, as Philadelphia had some rotation guys missing tonight and aren’t exactly bursting at the seams with ball handlers/playmakers as it is. Maxey just has so much in his bag at this point. He has a below average shooting game and still puts so much pressure on the defense at any given moment and ends up with 28 points. Going 9-of-11 from the free throw line would have seemed like a fever dream just a year ago. But he knows how to leverage his body now to create contact and is getting respect for some calls he didn’t used to get. Add in the continued chemistry between he and Joel in the pick-and-roll game and it’s just a joy to watch Tyrese with the ball in his hands.

Nic Batum: 14 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, 1 turnover

Philadelphia 76ers v Oklahoma City Thunder Photo by Zach Beeker/NBAE via Getty Images

(Looks up how to say ‘The Connector’ in French.) Batum is quite simply le connecteur (I probably could have got that with a few guesses) for this Sixers team. Everything just flows smoother when he’s on the court. The ball movement is snappier, the spacing is better, the defensive rotations are sharper. Batum always looks like he’s hustling, but never in a rush. On nights like tonight when he hits three of his six three-point attempts, you wonder how on earth a team could ever let him go.

Poll

Who is the Sixers’ Bell Ringer from their win in Oklahoma City?

This poll is closed

  • 82%
    Joel Embiid
    (580 votes)
  • 5%
    Tyrese Maxey
    (36 votes)
  • 12%
    Nic Batum
    (85 votes)
701 votes total Vote Now

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