Bell Ringer Season Totals:
Joel Embiid - 14
Tyrese Maxey - 5
Tobias Harris - 4
Patrick Beverley - 1
Kelly Oubre Jr. - 1
De’Anthony Melton - 1
Jaden Springer - 1
Paul Reed - 1
The Philadelphia 76ers, for the first time this season, won a game without Joel Embiid. After going 0-4 so far this season without their leader, the Sixers defeated the Orlando Magic 112-92 on Wednesday night.
Not only were the Sixers missing Embiid, still recovering from an ankle injury, but they only had Tyrese Maxey on the floor for a few minutes before he hit the bench because of picking up two early fouls. This was a crucial game for Maxey after putting up a career-worst performance in the Sixers’ last contest. A collective effort from his Sixers teammates led to a 26-25 Philadelphia advantage after one while he rode the bench. Maxey returned to the game and to his normal form with 14 points in the first half on 6-for-8 shooting to lead the Sixers to a 52-46 halftime lead. Welcome back, Mr. Maxey.
That offensive success from Maxey as well as Marcus Morris Sr. and De’Anthony Melton paired with excellent defense from Kelly Oubre Jr. in the third as the Sixers extended their lead to 84-75 headed into the fourth. The Magic continued to battle, but the Sixers were able to hold on to defeat Orlando 112-92.
The Sixers remain on the road and move on to face the Houston Rockets on Friday night.
Until then, let’s get to the Bell Ringer.
Tyrese Maxey: 23 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block
It was important to see how Maxey would bounce back from a career-worst performance on Christmas Day. He hit his first field goal, a welcome sight after that last game, but was forced to hit the bench early after picking up two quick fouls. He returned to action in the second, drilling a no-hesitation three and following it up with an impressive and-one moments later. Impressive in a “how did he sink that” sense — a type of highlight he had a number of throughout this one, especially in his 12-point second frame. Maxey finished this one with 23 points (three triples), six rebounds, two assists and a block.
Marcus Morris Sr.: 14 points, 3 rebounds
Morris was a big contributor in the Sixers hanging with and establishing a narrow lead over the Magic while Maxey was on the bench early. The North Philly native basically had the Sixers’ offense running through him for a bit there, and to decent success. He finished the first half with 10 points. Morris continued to have the Orlando defense biting at his every move and pump fake, and he finished this one with 14 points and three rebounds.
De’Anthony Melton: 22 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals
Melton was his usual absolute nuisance on defense to the Magic offense, that much is always the case. The key tonight for Melton was down the other end, finishing his lay-ups, especially in transition. There’s been too many instances this season of Melton creating a great transition scoring opportunity on the defensive end but not being able to finish down under the other rim. That was not the case tonight. Melton finished this one 3-for-4 from just below the rim and tacked on four triples (including a nasty step-back in the fourth) in his 22-point night.
Tobias Harris: 22 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal
I’ll admit, I’m adding Harris to this late in the game. That’s because, throughout a lot of the early half of the game, Harris had some pretty terrible shot selection. Because of that, his shooting efficiency left a lot to be desired, going 10-for-23 overall in this one. That being said, he tacked on 22 points for the Sixers tonight, including some crucial buckets in the fourth for seven points in the frame. It’s Harris’ third straight game with 20+ point, a streak he hasn’t managed to put together since Nov. 2022. He also had some decent defense throughout on Paolo Banchero, who shot just 6-for-21 Wednesday.
Who was the Sixers Bell Ringer in their win over the Orlando Magic?
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Marcus Morris Sr.