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Sixers Bell Ringer: Another blowout victory for Sixers, who squash Hornets by 53 points

Philadelphia is making light work of the bottom half of the Eastern Conference these days.

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Charlotte Hornets Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Bell Ringer Season Totals:

Joel Embiid - 11
Tyrese Maxey - 5
Tobias Harris - 2
Patrick Beverley - 1
Kelly Oubre Jr. - 1
De’Anthony Melton - 1
Jaden Springer - 1
Paul Reed - 1

I wonder if anyone started watching the Sixers for the first time six games ago and has concluded they are the greatest team in NBA history. Philadelphia is shredding this paper-thin stretch of the schedule, grabbing their sixth straight win with a 135-82 victory over Charlotte. Yes, they won by 53 points. Tonight, against a Hornets team not great to begin with and then sporting an injury report as long as a CVS receipt, the Sixers wasted no time taking control of the action. An early 11-0 run led to a 16-point lead after one quarter, then 29 points at halftime, and well, you already saw the whole 53-point win thing. Let’s discuss Bell Ringer in what was yet another early night for the starters.

Joel Embiid: 42 points, 15 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks, 4 turnovers

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Charlotte Hornets Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

I don’t care who you’re playing, outscoring the opponent singlehandedly in a quarter is just not something guys do very often. But that’s what we saw from the man already leading the league in first quarter scoring, as Joel Embiid scored 18 points in the opening frame, against just 17 for Charlotte. In the end, it was 42 and 15 for Joel in a game where he once again only played three quarters. The 10th straight 30 and 10 game, Embiid joins Shaq, Moses, Kareem, and Wilt among the exclusive company to achieve that feat. A guy who won MVP last season is now playing the best ball of his career. Scary season for the rest of the NBA.

Tyrese Maxey: 21 points, 2 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, 1 block, 0 turnovers

Philadelphia 76ers v Charlotte Hornets Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images

After a brief two-game shooting slump, Tyrese got back to his elite work on the perimeter in the second quarter tonight, when he hit all five of his three-pointers in that period. It’s nice to have two stars where after Embiid crushes the first, Maxey can take the baton and then completely dominate the next quarter while Joel gets a little rest. (Maxey didn’t outscore Charlotte by himself in the second quarter, though, having 17 against their 27. Come on, defense!) Equally impressive was Tyrese’s work as a creator, with those seven assists coming without a turnover. He has only turned the ball over a total of four times across this six-game winning streak.

Kelly Oubre Jr.: 12 points, 4 rebounds, 1 turnover

Let’s give the third spot to Oubre for a solid performance off the bench against his former club. Kelly hit a pair of threes and hit a violent putback dunk streaking down the middle of the lane. The Sixers are now 13-1 in games Oubre has played, with the lone defeat the one-point loss to Milwaukee in the season opener. He deserves a ton of credit for going from what people thought was empty stat padding on a terrible Charlotte team to embracing a new role and becoming an elite sixth man type. Oh, and Kelly’s adorable daughter stole the show in the post-game interview.

Poll

Who is the Bell Ringer in the 53-point win over Charlotte?

This poll is closed

  • 90%
    Joel Embiid
    (612 votes)
  • 3%
    Tyrese Maxey
    (25 votes)
  • 5%
    Kelly Oubre Jr.
    (39 votes)
676 votes total Vote Now

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