Bell Ringer Season Totals:
Joel Embiid - 15
Tyrese Maxey - 6
Tobias Harris - 4
Kelly Oubre Jr. - 3
De’Anthony Melton - 2
Paul Reed - 2
Patrick Beverley - 1
Jaden Springer - 1
That one is going to be tough to swallow.
Tobias Harris and De’Anthony Melton returned to the lineup for the Sixers while Joel Embiid remains sidelined with knee swelling.
It was backup center vs. backup center with Paul Reed in for Embiid and Atlanta’s Onyeka Okongwu in for Clint Capela. Okongwu led the floor after one with 11 points to help the Hawks to a three-point advantage after 12 minutes. Despite a freezing cold few minutes in the second without a field goal, the Sixers were able to take a 64-61 lead into the locker room at halftime thanks to a well-rounded offensive effort in addition to having Trae Young on lockdown for most of the half (thanks Jaden Springer for the stellar defense).
With not a ton of defense being played, both the Sixers and the Hawks put up 34 points each in the third frame allowing Philadelphia to preserve their narrow lead. The Hawks came out swinging though in the fourth as Young heated up, quickly taking the lead out from under the Sixers. Philadelphia — well, Harris and Maxey at least — battled throughout the fourth. With under two minutes to play, Maxey put down an emphatic slam dunk to grab the lead for the Sixers and then hit a long three to put the Sixers up by four with under a minute to go. The Hawks converted a three-point play, and had the ball back in their hands down one with just 12 seconds to play when Young was sent to the line. Young missed the first and hit the second to tie the game. The Sixers’ final play ended with Maxey being stripped (fouled?) going up with the ball, and we headed to overtime.
In overtime, Maxey fouled out on a questionable call and the Hawks led by three with just under 40 seconds to play. The Sixers’ next possession resulted in Harris being blocked and that was about all she wrote. The Hawks held on to defeat the Sixers 139-132 on Wednesday.
The Sixers take their first three-game losing streak of the season back home. Friday night they will look to snap that streak when they host the Sacramento Kings.
For now, let’s get to the Bell Ringer.
Tyrese Maxey: 35 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists. 4 steals
Maxey continued to struggle a bit with erratic shooting, going 12-for-29 from the floor in this one, but it really was a tale of two halves.
In the first, Maxey shot just 2-for-7 from the floor, finding most of his offensive success in the form of free throws and assists before halftime. He started to find a lot more success shooting in the third period when he started working the two-man game with Bball Paul. He was off to the races from there. Maxey went 4-for-6 from the floor in the third for a nine-point frame before putting up 13 in the fourth, leading the Sixers alongside Harris in forcing overtime. With under two minutes to play, Maxey put up an emphatic slam to grab the lead for the Sixers and then hit a long three to put the Sixers up by four with under a minute to go. He and Harris were the only Sixers to score a field goal in the fourth.
He capped off his night with a triple before fouling out (on a questionable call) in overtime.
Tobias Harris: 32 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block
Harris somewhat-quietly carried a huge portion of the offensive load on Wednesday, putting up 32 points for the Sixers. He was finding continued success throughout in both isolation and finding space off the ball. Nothing super flashy, nothing that’s going to fill a highlight reel — just some consistent offensive production from Harris.
He helped carry the Sixers in tandem with Maxey especially in the fourth, a period where only he and Maxey sank field goals.
Unfortunately, he couldn’t carry that success into overtime, especially on those final plays. The sequence was a perfect example of what can be so frustrating about watching Harris. He pump-fakes an open three only to drive straight into a block. Ugh!
Nonetheless, Harris notched a 32-point, 10-rebound double-double in this one, so credit where credit is due.
(Now if we could only get his shot selection and defense on track...)
Marcus Morris Sr.: 17 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist
I guess Morris is excited about getting a key to Philadelphia tomorrow. He put up a season-high 17 points on Wednesday night. Morris hit just a pair of free throws in the first, but he came alive in the second period. He sank three triples on his way to an 11-point frame, leading the Sixers at halftime with 13 points. He finished this one with 17 points, four rebounds and an assist.
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Marcus Morris Sr.