Bell Ringer Season Totals:
Joel Embiid - 8
Tyrese Maxey - 5
Tobias Harris - 2
Patrick Beverley - 1
Kelly Oubre Jr. - 1
De’Anthony Melton - 1
Jaden Springer - 1
Paul Reed - 1
Joel Embiid, despite being questionable pregame due to left knee soreness, was able to play. He looked, thankfully, extremely comfortable, leading the Sixers with 34 points in three quarters.
The Sixers’ start went a little differently than last week’s 0-for-13 slump from long range, with Philadelphia taking a quick 12-0 lead off four triples, three from Tyrese Maxey. The triple was the Sixers’ best friend to start this one, actually, with the hosts sinking nine triples for a season-high 43-point first period. Philadelphia ultimately had 14 first-half threes and held a 75-46 lead at halftime.
It was pretty much over then, if we’re being honest, and it only got more lopsided. The Sixers absolutely dominated the way that many fans might have expected them to last week as well. Philadelphia held on to their comfortable lead, even building on it, and ended up defeating the Wizards 146-101. They sank 20 triples as a team throughout the contest. All 15 players that took the court scored for Nick Nurse. It was just that sort of night.
The Sixers have a busy week and are back in action Wednesday taking on the Pistons in Detroit in the first half of a home-and-home.
Until then, let’s get to the Bell Ringer.
Tyrese Maxey: (in 24 minutes) 24 points (5-for-9 3 PT), 1 rebound, 6 assists
Maxey must have remembered last week’s 0-for-13 slump from beyond the arc to start the game for the Sixers and decided to do something about it in this one. He had zero hesitation in firing off and sinking three triples in the first two minutes of the game as the Sixers were accumulating their commanding lead. Maxey ultimately led the Sixers in scoring at the half with 22 points on 7-for-11 field goal shooting with five triples.
He still used his speed and agility to weave into the paint and to the rim on a number of occasions, drawing a number of fouls as well, but man was he feeling it from long range. It was just an efficient night for Maxey, who shot 8-for-13 from the floor, 5-of-9 from three point range and 3-for-3 from the line, all in under 25 minutes on the court.
Maxey ended up with 24 points in 24 minutes as well as a rebound and six assists.
Joel Embiid: 34 points (14-for-20 FG shooting), 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 block
With Daniel Gafford out, it was up to Mike Muscala and Danilo Gallinari to slow down Embiid — it did not go well for them.
And it wasn’t just the bully ball. Probably a good thing as he continues to deal with that tweaked left knee, but Embiid really didn’t have to bully his way to the rim in this one. He was able to create space on the floor and hit jumper after jumper. In the first half, only two of his 17 first-half points came at the rim.
He even got in on the fun from long range, sinking two triples on Monday night.
Thanks to a very comfortable lead, Embiid was able to rest for the end of this one, being subbed out for the final time with 1:23 left in the third. He finished with 34 points (on 14-for-20 field goal shooting), 10 rebounds, six assists and a block.
Don’t let his 34 points distract you, however, from how great of passes Embiid is continuing to make this season. Sure, he tried a behind-the-back pass a few times that didn’t connect, but he’s establishing solid connections throughout the roster. Of course he has his rapport with Maxey, but one is starting to develop with Nico Batum as well, as evidenced by this nice bounce pass around a defender in the third.
Oh, and we absolutely have to display this nasty move Embiid hit on Gallinari in the first.
Who is the Bell Ringer for the Sixers demolition of the Wizards?
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Marcus Morris Sr.
Morris is taking a lot of heat right now for his level of play, which is fair considering the spot in the rotation he seems to have a grasp on. Tonight, those complaints were quiet. He sank a pair of triples, went 5-for-6 from the floor and had this nice play with Paul Reed, cutting in off a missed triple. He finished with 12 points in 12 minutes.
Beverley deserves a shoutout for making the most of his minutes in this one. Beverley had back-to-back triples in the first as the Sixers were building their lead, sinking a third later in the period. He finished with 12 points, two rebounds and two assists in 11:28 on the floor.