Bell Ringer Season Totals:
Joel Embiid - 14
Tyrese Maxey - 6
Tobias Harris - 4
De’Anthony Melton - 2
Patrick Beverley - 1
Kelly Oubre Jr. - 1
Jaden Springer - 1
Paul Reed - 1
The Philadelphia 76ers looked lethargic on the second night of a road back-to-back, falling 105-92 to the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night.
The Sixers started this one looking extremely worn down, allowing the Bulls to leap out to the early lead and prompting some early substitutions from Nick Nurse. It was a rough watch, with the Sixers shooting 1-for-10 from beyond the arc in the frame and 8-for-28 from the floor overall for their lowest scoring period of the season with just 17 points after 12 minutes. Luckily for Philadelphia, Chicago wasn’t doing much better to make the most of the opportunity. The first period ended with a riveting 21-17 score with the Bulls holding the slight advantage.
(Maybe a Houston-to-Chicago back-to-back is a bad idea, schedule makers... but what do I know!)
It was just going to be one of those games, it seemed. The Sixers shot just 37% from the floor in the first half yet somehow were only down eight points at the break. The game was led at halftime by the Bulls duo of DeMar DeRozan and Coby White, who each had 15 points going into the third. The Bulls extended their lead to nine headed into the final frame on the back of some excellent offensive rebounding and second-chance points.
The legs were tired, the shots weren’t falling, nothing was going quite right for the Sixers. When Marcus Morris Sr. got called for a foul for boxing out, you knew it just wasn’t their night. The Bulls went on a 15-4 run in the fourth to extend their lead and ultimately defeated the Sixers 105-92.
At least now the Sixers will finally get a little rest before returning to action (and to South Philadelphia) to host the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night.
But first, time for the Bell Ringer. Honestly, no one had an overall great game tonight deserving of a Bell Ringer, but a lot of players had a few good moments. Let’s get to it.
Tyrese Maxey: 20 points, 7 assists, 1 steal
This won’t go down as Maxey’s best game of the season, certainly. He started slow just like the rest of the Sixers with just two points in the first frame and lacking that burst of speed out of the gate he typically has. In the second, however, he started to pick it back up, sinking two triples, driving into the paint and putting up 10 points in the period to lead the Sixers with 12 at the break. He tacked on six in the third, all from under the rim, including another one of his acrobatic “wow, he actually sank that” finishes.
He shot just 36.4 percent from the floor and just 2-for-8 from beyond the arc but was able to find success using his speed and agility to weave his way through the defense to the rim. Maxey led the Sixers with 20 points Saturday night. He also had seven assists, which is kind of impressive when you consider how bad the Sixers shot throughout this one.
Kelly Oubre Jr.: 11 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 block
Though he didn’t have any luck from long range tonight, Oubre found a way to be productive for the Sixers by being active off the ball and infiltrating the paint. He scored 10 of his 11 points from inside the paint (one free throw) while also pulling in three rebounds on the offensive end (five boards total). On the defensive end, Oubre grabbed two steals and put up one block.
Tobias Harris: 15 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block
Harris was actually one of the most efficient shooters of the night for the Sixers (6-for-16). Even as the shots weren’t falling consistently, Harris stayed aggressive, ending up with 15 points, It won’t go down as his best game either but we’ve seen it go a lot worse. His 15 points trailed just Maxey with 20 on Saturday night for the Sixers. He also had seven rebounds, three on the offensive end, as well as four assists and a block.
Nico Batum: 9 points (3 triples), 3 rebounds, 2 assists
Batum returned to action tonight after missing five consecutive games with a hamstring strain.
Frankly, Batum is somewhat getting a shout here no matter what after sinking this triple without bringing the ball down below his head.
That was one of his two triples in the first half, something desperately needed by the Sixers who sank just five total by halftime. He sank a third triple from the corner in the third to end up with nine points. He also had three rebounds and two assists. Not bad for the first game back after a hiatus.
Paul Reed: 9 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals, 1 block
Reed deserves a shoutout for being seemingly the only one with any energy to start this one for the Sixers. While the rest of the Sixers looked like they had lead feet, Reed was active on both ends of the court. In his first eight minutes on the floor, BBall Paul had four points, two rebounds, three steals and a block. He didn’t score a bunch of crucial points in this one, adding five of his nine total in basically garbage time, but he contributed throughout in a number of other ways. Reed was active in working for offensive rebounds, pulling in four throughout this one. He also had three assists. Defensively, Paul ended up with four steals and a block.
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Kelly Oubre Jr.