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Sixers Bell Ringer: Embiid, Maxey dynamic duo lifts Sixers over Timberwolves

The Philadelphia 76ers, led by Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey, defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves and the number one defense in the league 127-113 on Wednesday.

Minnesota Timberwolves v Philadelphia 76ers Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images

Bell Ringer Season Totals:

Joel Embiid - 13

Tyrese Maxey - 5

Tobias Harris - 2

Patrick Beverley - 1

Kelly Oubre Jr. - 1

De’Anthony Melton - 1

Jaden Springer - 1

Paul Reed - 1

The Philadelphia 76ers took down the top-rated defense in the association, defeating the Minnesota Timberwolves 127-113 on Wednesday.

Nico Batum (hamstring strain) and Robert Covington (illness) were out for this one, and the Sixers were even more shorthanded by halftime with De’Anthony Melton ruled out at the break with a thigh contusion.

The Sixers faced their toughest defense in a few weeks now in the Timberwolves. It showed early, with the Sixers struggling to find points in the paint. However, some hot hands from long range made up for it and began to open the floor a bit more. Twenty points a piece for Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey carried the Sixers to a four-point lead at the break.

Well, Embiid kept going to work, but no one else did. The Sixers scored just 26 points in the third, and 19 of them came from Embiid. This isn’t even a special occasion anymore, this guy just single-handedly keeps the Sixers in games when the rest of the team goes cold. The Sixers actually led by three at the end of the third thanks to the league’s reigning MVP.

Maxey carried the weight while Embiid caught some rest to start the fourth, preserving the Sixers’ narrow lead through the halfway mark of the frame. With the big man back in alongside Maxey, the two-man game took over, and the Sixers held on to defeat the Timberwolves 127-113 on Wednesday night. Maxey and Embiid ended up combining for 86 of the Sixers’ points.

The Sixers remain in South Philadelphia on Friday night when they host the Toronto Raptors.

Until then, let’s get to the Bell Ringer. Guess who.

Joel Embiid: 51 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 1 block

Minnesota Timberwolves v Philadelphia 76ers Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images

Embiid maybe wasn’t able to maneuver and shoot as freely has he’s been able to recently against some sub-.500 teams, but it didn’t stop him from producing for the Sixers.

In the first 12, the big man had 10 points on 8-for-8 free throw shooting with five rebounds, two assists and a block. Also after one, Rudy Gobert, Karl Anthony-Towns and Naz Reid had two fouls each already, almost singlehandedly thanks to Embiid. Embiid put up another 10 points in the second for a 20-point first half to lead the Sixers along with Maxey who also had 20.

The third is when Embiid went truly monster mode. And thank goodness, because the Sixers desperately needed it. The reigning MVP scored 19 of the Sixers’ 26 third-period points. He was hitting jumpers, sinking layups, drawing fouls and slamming dunks. He notched yet another 30-point, 10-rebound double-double with time left to play in the third. It was his 12th such game in a row, and this one comes against the best defense in the league.

Embiid finished this one with 51 points on 17-for-25 field goal shooting (17-of-18 from the free throw line) with 12 rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block. It’s his second 50 burger of the season.

It’s just getting redundant, really. I don’t know how many ways I can write this in a unique way. The guy is just too good and seems to only be getting better somehow.

Tyrese Maxey: 35 points (5 triples), 1 rebound, 5 assists

Minnesota Timberwolves v Philadelphia 76ers Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

It was just another night of the Embiid-Maxey show on Wednesday. The pair carried the game for Philadelphia at different points, and were the only Sixers with double-digit points.

After scoring just three in the first frame, Maxey went off for 17 in the second, impressively with Jaden McDaniels defending him. He looked at home shooting from long range, especially off of Embiid screens, sinking three triples before halftime, and looked just as dangerous charging into the paint for a few of his fast-flying floating jumpers.

With Embiid catching some rest to start the fourth, the weight went back to Maxey’s shoulders. He put up 10 points with a pair of triples in the first five minutes of the period to preserve the Sixers’ narrow lead over the T-Wolves. It notched his third consecutive game with five or more triples.

Maxey finished the game with 35 points, one rebound and five assists.

Poll

Who is the Bell Ringer in the Sixers’ win over the Timberwolves?

This poll is closed

  • 92%
    Joel Embiid
    (693 votes)
  • 7%
    Tyrese Maxey
    (54 votes)
747 votes total Vote Now

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