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Sixers Bell Ringer: Philadelphia stampedes the Bulls with big first quarter, cruises to victory

The Sixers started off the new year with a dominating performance in a 110-97 win that wasn’t nearly that close.

Chicago Bulls v Philadelphia 76ers Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Bell Ringer Season Totals:
Joel Embiid - 14
Tyrese Maxey - 6
Tobias Harris - 4
De’Anthony Melton - 2
Paul Reed - 2
Patrick Beverley - 1
Kelly Oubre Jr. - 1
Jaden Springer - 1

Nothing carried over from Saturday’s schedule loss in Chicago, as the Philadelphia 76ers returned home to wallop the Bulls in the rematch a few nights later, 110-97. The Sixers wasted no time showing tonight would be much different, going on a 27-4 surge midway through the first quarter. Their 43 points represented the second time this time the Sixers have scored 40-plus points in the opening frame. Philadelphia kept the pressure on, leading by as many as 31 points, never giving the Bulls sniff a comeback and allowing for plenty of bench-emptying in the fourth quarter. Let’s take a look at tonight’s Bell Ringer candidates.

Joel Embiid: 31 points, 15 rebounds, 10 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks, 4 turnovers

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After over a week off due to an ankle injury, Nick Nurse said before the game that Joel Embiid would not be dealing with a minutes restriction. Well, Joel decided to create his own, recording a triple-double in just 30 minutes of action and getting to sit out the entire fourth quarter. Insane Embiid stat lines where he only plays three quarters has become its own subgenre this season. I simply don’t know what the opposition is expected to do with a man as physically imposing as Joel, who can also whip out a perfect Hakeem-like turnaround baseline jumper while navigating an approaching double time. And now he’s capable of breaking out point guard skills in the open court. This is a special, special talent. Let us never take him for granted, and way to self-load manage that ankle, Joel.

Kelly Oubre Jr.: 16 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, 1 turnover

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Oubre Jr. was as responsible as anyone for the Sixers’ prodigious start to the game, scorching the nets early with 13 first-quarter points. Kelly hit all three of his triples in the first half, and had an and-one dunk after some solid ball movement by the Sixers. You also love to see the three assists and three steals. Oubre Jr.’s free agency market was barren this offseason, presumably due his reputation as a pure gunner not willing to do the little things. He has changed that perception in a big way this season, becoming a highly effective two-way player to the Sixers’ benefit.

Tyrese Maxey: 21 points, 1 rebound, 5 assists, 1 turnover

Chicago Bulls v Philadelphia 76ers Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images

Tonight certainly wasn’t the most massive of performances we’ve seen from Maxey this season, as the Sixers spread the wealth in the blowout. But let’s zoom out in light of Tyrese’s strong 4-of-7 night from behind the arc. He hit the 100-three mark on the season in just his 32nd game, the fastest ever by a Sixer, per Sixers Stats. The list of other people to make 100 threes this season is awfully good company.

Remember when the knock on this guy was he didn’t project as a good shooter?

We also got to witness this bonkers crossover from Tyrese that led to a contorting finish around the rim.

Tobias Harris: 20 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, 1 turnover

Chicago Bulls v Philadelphia 76ers Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

Tobi continued his strong play of late, now with at least 20 points in five of his last six games. He was efficient from the field with a 9-of-13 shooting line, making quick decisions with the ball and getting out in transition for easy buckets. Harris was also active off the ball, cutting into the lane or looking to body smaller defenders down low (partially a product of the bigger starting lineup for the Sixers tonight). These are the types of performances from Tobias that embolden his staunchest defenders. May we never see the other type again.

Poll

Who is the Sixers’ Bell Ringer in the win over Chicago?

This poll is closed

  • 88%
    Joel Embiid
    (661 votes)
  • 6%
    Kelly Oubre Jr.
    (52 votes)
  • 0%
    Tyrese Maxey
    (4 votes)
  • 3%
    Tobias Harris
    (27 votes)
744 votes total Vote Now

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