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Sixers Bell Ringer: Embiid 50-piece snags Sixers a win over the Wizards

Joel Embiid dropped 50 points on Wednesday and the Sixers needed every single one as they defeated the Washington Wizards 131-126.

Philadelphia 76ers v Washington Wizards Photo by Stephen Gosling/NBAE via Getty Images

Bell Ringer Season Totals:

Joel Embiid - 6

Tyrese Maxey - 5

Tobias Harris - 2

Patrick Beverley - 1

Kelly Oubre Jr. - 1

De’Anthony Melton - 1

Jaden Springer - 1

Paul Reed - 1

A season-high 50 points for Joel Embiid carried the Sixers to a narrow 131-126 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.

The Sixers were back at full strength with Embiid and Tyrese Maxey returning to the lineup as well as Kelly Oubre Jr. who returned after missing a few weeks with a fractured rib.

Washington was able to grab the early advantage, partially thanks to the Sixers shooting 0-for-13 from long range before finally hitting a triple late in the second frame. Not even a 15-point first from Embiid could help. And the Embiid-less minutes in the second? Scary in the worst way. De’Anthony Melton kicked off a 11-0 Sixers swing with Philadelphia’s first triple of the game in the second half of the second period to see the Sixers make this a close affair, and the Wizards led 62-60 at the break.

Lackadaisical defense continued to plague the Sixers even as their offense began to come alive a bit more in the second half. The Wizards were allowed open shot after open shot, allowing them to just hold on to a narrow lead throughout most of the third before the Sixers finally snagged the advantage with a Pat Bev triple.

Philadelphia was able to hold on to their narrow lead thanks to offensive bursts from Kelly Oubre Jr. and, of course, Embiid. Embiid finished this one with 50 points and the Sixers needed every one as they snagged 131-126 victory over the Wizards.

The Sixers will take the train back to South Philadelphia to take on Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks at 7 p.m. ET on Friday night.

For now, let’s get to Bell Ringer (expecting a landslide vote tonight).

Joel Embiid: 50 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal, 1 block

Philadelphia 76ers v Washington Wizards Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

Someone is certainly feeling better!

Embiid scored nine of the Sixers’ first 11 points out the gate on his way to a 15-point first. Thank goodness too, because no one else in a Sixers jersey seemed to be able to sink a shot for a good chunk of the first half. The big man, however, was 10-for-14 from the field in the first half for 26 points and six rebounds at the break.

Embiid was just frankly dominant on offense against these Wizards throughout, especially just under the net. He was bullying his way through Daniel Gafford to the rim with ease, and no one else on Washington had an answer for Embiid.

The center continued his reign in the second half.

You’d think with 39 points after three that the Sixers would be leading comfortably allowing Embiid to rest but the Philadelphia defense did not allow for such things tonight. Nevertheless, Embiid continued to dominate and ended up putting up a season-high 50 points on Wednesday night and the Sixers needed every single one of them.

50 points. 19-for-28 shooting from the floor. 11 of 13 from the line. We’ll take it.

De’Anthony Melton: 19 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 1 block

Philadelphia 76ers v Washington Wizzards Photo by Kenny Giarla/NBAE via Getty Images

After a scoreless first for D-Melt, he came back in the game in the second and reinvigorated an offense that was looking absolutely abysmal with the exception of Embiid to that point. He broke the Sixers’ long range 0-for-13 drought with a triple in the second half of the second frame — a triple that served as a big swing moment for the Sixers getting momentum back on their side. He had a 12-point second that was crucial in Philadelphia getting back in this one.

Melton had a number of good full-court moments in this one. In the second, during the Sixers’ run, he had a block that he ended up finishing down the other end for a layup. In the third, he snagged a steal and converted this assist to Maxey in transition.

Melton finished this one with 19 points, five rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block.

Tyrese Maxey: 26 points, 1 rebound, 7 assists, 1 steal

Philadelphia 76ers v Washington Wizards Photo by Stephen Gosling/NBAE via Getty Images

Maxey had a relatively quiet first half, with the long-distance struggles of the Sixers’ extending to him... minus this great half-court buzzer-beater to head into the break.

Well, hitting that must have got him going. After scoring just 10 points in the entire first half, Maxey went for another one of his now patented third periods, more than doubling his total with a 13-point frame. Rather than forcing the shot from outside, he started working his way in, driving into the paint with a lot more success. He shot 5-for-7 from the field in the frame after shooting 4-for-11 in the first half.

Maxey finished this one with 26 points, one rebound, seven assists and a steal.

Kelly Oubre Jr.: 12 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal

Philadelphia 76ers v Washington Wizards Photo by Stephen Gosling/NBAE via Getty Images

Welcome back, Kelly Oubre!

Oubre came in off the bench for shorter stints than normal as he returns after missing weeks with a fractured rib. After scoring just two points headed into the final frame, Oubre fully marked his return in the fourth as the Sixers were holding and building their narrow lead as he put up 10 in the frame on 4-for-5 shooting from the floor.

Man, have the Sixers missed his athleticism and energy. I’ll say it again, welcome back, Kelly Oubre!

Poll

Who was the Sixers Bell Ringer for their win over the Wizards?

This poll is closed

  • 88%
    Joel Embiid
    (518 votes)
  • 1%
    De’Anthony Melton
    (6 votes)
  • 0%
    Tyrese Maxey
    (5 votes)
  • 9%
    Kelly Oubre Jr.
    (58 votes)
587 votes total Vote Now

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