Bell Ringer Season Totals:
Tyrese Maxey - 5
Joel Embiid - 5
Tobias Harris - 2
Kelly Oubre Jr. - 1
De’Anthony Melton - 1
Jaden Springer - 1
Paul Reed - 1
Thirteen first-half triples led the Sixers to a 68-53 halftime lead over the Lakers. Everyone seemed to be hot from long range. From the usual suspects like Embiid and Tyrese Maxey to some surprising supporting cast members in Marcus Morris, Sr. and Patrick Beverley.
The Lakers were down by double-digits for the entirety of the second half, never able to regain control of the game. It certainly helped the Sixers that Embiid put up his first triple-double of the season (before the end of the third period!). Philadelphia went on to win comfortably, 138-94 over LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Lakers.
The Sixers will take a day off and hit the road to take on the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night.
Until then, we go to the Bell Ringer.
Joel Embiid: (in three periods) 30 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, 1 steal, 1 block
Embiid picked up two quick fouls courtesy of Anthony Davis, who got off to a hot start Monday night. Critically, however, Nick Nurse decided to stick with his star, letting him play the entire first period. That trust was worth it, as Embiid ended up leading the Sixers in the frame with 12 points and didn’t pick up another foul the entire game.
Embiid put up 30 total points in his battle against AD, drawing four fouls from the Lakers’ big. He was working the floor all over offensively, from long range triples to driving to the rim (and drawing fouls) to the midrange jumpers in between. That’s impressive in itself, but much more impressive is the continuing developments of Embiid as a playmaker. He led the floor in the first half with seven assists on zero turnovers. Just a few minutes into the third, Embiid hit 10 assists on zero turnovers for his first point-assist double-double of the season.
He also pulled in 11 rebounds, with four coming on the offensive end. Just an all around stellar performance from the big man with the stat lines to show for it. With just a couple of minutes left in the third, Embiid notched his first triple-double of the season with 29 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists with 2:15 to play in frame.
Tyrese Maxey: 31 points, 3 rebounds, 8 assists, 1 steal
Maxey looked comfortable especially in the two-man game with Embiid — even in the first quarter, which has not been Maxey’s best period this season thus far. He put up 10 points in the first frame, flourishing off of screens from Embiid to get open looks. Even without Embiid on the floor, however, Maxey had the hot hand, for both shooting and facilitating. He led the Sixers at the half with 20 points off four triples to go along with his six assists on zero turnovers at the break. Though slightly overshadowed by Embiid’s triple-double, Maxey is doing an excellent job in both working with the big man in tandem as well as leading the offense when Embiid is resting.
Maxey finished this one with a team-leading 31 points, as well as three rebounds, eight assists and a steal.
Patrick Beverley: 12 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists
Another surprising standout, Beverley went 3-for-4 from beyond the arc in the first half. I bet he enjoyed every minute of it too, because the Lakers were guarding him like he’s never played basketball before for some reason. Sure, his shooting isn’t stellar on the season, but tonight, he took the Lakers’ loose coverage and shoved it down their throats.
If that wasn’t enough, Bev went to work on defense as well, perfectly captured by a third period possession in which he absolutely locked down Austin Reeves leading to a Lakers turnover. It’s that stuff, the stuff you’ll never see on a stat sheet, that is Patrick Beverley’s impact on the Sixers.
As far as the stat sheet goes, though, Beverley finished this one with 12 points (4-for-8 from beyond the arc), six rebounds and three assists.
Marcus Morris, Sr.: 16 points (4-for-4 triples), 1 rebound, 1 steal
Of course we were all expecting Morris to be key in the Sixers taking down the Lakers, right? Morris put up an 11-point second period, shooting 3-for-3 from long range. In his fourth period stint, he didn’t hesitate with the ball in his hands again, shooting another triple in the final frame (going 4-for-4 from beyond the arc overall) with a total of 16 points in this one. He also had a rebound and a steal.
It’s definitely not what to expect from Morris every night, but it’s damn nice when it does happen and deserves a shoutout.
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Marcus Morris Sr.