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Sixers Bell Ringer: Big fourth quarter run propels Sixers to win over Atlanta

Despite some struggles, the Sixers took care of business, but we’ll keep an eye out for news on Joel Embiid’s knee.

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Bell Ringer Season Totals:
Joel Embiid - 7
Tyrese Maxey - 5
Tobias Harris - 2
Patrick Beverley - 1
Kelly Oubre Jr. - 1
De’Anthony Melton - 1
Jaden Springer - 1
Paul Reed - 1

It’s one thing to say the Sixers are in an easy stretch of their schedule, but they have to actually go out and play like the better team. On Friday night, Philadelphia looked like they might be playing down to their competition against an Atlanta Hawks team missing Trae Young. The Sixers allowed Atlanta to score 45 points in the second quarter and went into halftime trailing by six. However, Nick Nurse’s squad finally got it in gear in the fourth quarter, going on a 15-0 run to retake the lead and go on to a 125-114 win.

Joel Embiid: 38 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 4 blocks, 2 turnovers

After dropping a season-high 50 points the other night against the Wizards, Joel Embiid picked up right where he left off with 17 points in the first quarter. He was active on the glass in the early going with all four of his offensive rebounds on the game coming in the opening frame, leading to two putback layups and a trip to the line. Joel wore a path to the charity stripe throughout the evening, finishing 13-of-15 at the foul line. In the second half, any time it looked like Atlanta might pull away, it was Embiid who provided an answer on the offensive end. Down the stretch, he started shutting down everything in the lane and around the rim, recording a pair of blocks in the last few minutes.

The only concern is that awkward twist of the knee Embiid experienced in the fourth quarter. He continued playing, but it was clearly something that was bothering. All the talk post-game was on seeing how it felt the next morning so we’ll await word tomorrow on whether this is going to be something that affects the big man moving forward.

Tyrese Maxey: 30 points, 2 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 0 turnovers

Atlanta Hawks v Philadelphia 76ers Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

As Dan Olinger wrote for us not long ago, we’ve reached the point where Tyrese Maxey doesn’t even have to have a particularly excellent game for him and he still ends up with at least 20-some points. Maxey was fairly quiet for most of this game, although he did make some gorgeous passes as we witness his exponential growth in real time as a passer. Then, he exploded for 16 points in the fourth quarter to help ensure this Sixers team didn’t suffer a disappointing defeat. His three-pointer from the top of the key with over a minute left put the game away for good. To top off everything, Maxey did it all without turning the ball over again, as he continues to be a remarkably exceptional caretaker for this offense.

De’Anthony Melton: 15 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 1 turnover

Atlanta Hawks v Philadelphia 76ers Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

The outside shot wasn’t en fuego for Melton, as he shot just 2-of-7 from behind the arc, but he contributed in other ways. He finished a couple tough drives through traffic in the third quarter, made a couple smart swing passes for threes, including the pass on the Maxey dagger, and made one of the biggest plays of the game on the defensive end. With the game tied with over three minutes remaining, Melton jumper behind the screen to poke the ball away from Bogdan Bogdanovic, dunking the ball on the other end off a beautiful arcing feed from Nic Batum.

Poll

Who is the Bell Ringer from the win over Atlanta?

This poll is closed

  • 80%
    Joel Embiid
    (394 votes)
  • 15%
    Tyrese Maxey
    (76 votes)
  • 3%
    De’Anthony Melton
    (17 votes)
487 votes total Vote Now

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