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Sixers Bell Ringer: Tobias Harris quiets the haters with huge night against the Raptors

For one night, the Sixers’ Big Two became a Big Three.

Toronto Raptors v Philadelphia 76ers Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

Bell Ringer Season Totals:
Joel Embiid - 14
Tyrese Maxey - 5
Tobias Harris - 2
Patrick Beverley - 1
Kelly Oubre Jr. - 1
De’Anthony Melton - 1
Jaden Springer - 1
Paul Reed - 1

Looking to continue the momentum from maybe their best way of the season Wednesday night against Minnesota, the Sixers overcame a rough first quarter where they trailed Toronto by as many as 15 points, and roared back for what became a comfortable 121-111 victory. 97 of the team’s 121 points came from Tobias Harris, Tyrese Maxey, and Joel Embiid. It was the first time for the franchise since 1961, when the team was called the Syracuse Nationals, that three players scored at least 30 points in a game. I bet you can guess who our three Bell Ringer nominees are then.

Tobias Harris: 33 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal, 2 turnovers

Toronto Raptors v Philadelphia 76ers Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

Much of this season for Tobias Harris thus far could be summed up by this recent viral tweet:

But not tonight! After this performance against Toronto, I’m sure the poor Sixers social media team forced to include Tobias in all the All-Star promotional material is very happy. The Assassin Scorer made his first six field goals (that’s more field goals than he made in the last two games combined), and had already tied a season-high with three made three-pointers early in the second quarter. He finished the first half with 24 points, six rebounds, and five assists, which would have been in the running for his best entire game of the season. Tobi hasn’t had that many points in a half since November 2021. Ultimately, he finished 5-of-9 from behind the arc and a season-high 33 points. We’ve seen Harris play well against Toronto before. He was probably the Sixers’ best player in the recent playoff series between the two teams. But amidst his recent struggles, he sure did need a stand-out performance like we saw tonight. It was great to see.

Tyrese Maxey: 33 points, 4 rebounds, 10 assists, 3 turnovers

Toronto Raptors v Philadelphia 76ers Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

Once again, Tyrese gave the Raptors the full ‘you should have traded Kyle Lowry for me’ experience. While this game didn’t take place in Toronto, Maxey was the King of the Fourth, scoring 17 of his 33 points in the final 12 minutes. There was a cool sequence midway through the frame where he hit very long threes on back-to-back possessions, then the next time down had everyone clear out to work the middle of the floor against Dennis Schroder. Schroder actually played good defense and force Tyrese into a miss, but it was still awesome to see that level of confidence from the 23-year-old guard. This is a guy who now fully expects to be able to “get his” at any given moment on the court.

Joel Embiid: 31 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 steals, 4 blocks, 6 turnovers

Toronto Raptors v Philadelphia 76ers Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images

Despite rolling his ankle early in the game, Joel gamely persevered to just barely continue his 30-point, 10-rebound streak, while also falling just shy of his second triple-double of the season. Embiid scored 17 straight Sixers points in the third quarter, helping the team build a double-digit lead before a late Raptors surge in the frame when Joel was clearly gassed and/or worn down by the ankle. Good on Joel for shaking off what had been a pretty poor first half by his standards, and contributing mightily in the victory.

Poll

Who is the Bell Ringer in the win over the Raptors?

This poll is closed

  • 86%
    Tobias Harris
    (809 votes)
  • 8%
    Tyrese Maxey
    (78 votes)
  • 4%
    Joel Embiid
    (44 votes)
931 votes total Vote Now

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