New York…Concrete jungle where 3-point victories are made of
For a refresher on what constitutes a Bell Ringer, please reference the initial post.
Bell Ringer Season Standings:
The Sixers built an 18-point lead in the first quarter and it looked like Philadelphia would be treated to a stress-free win leading up to Eagles game. However, led by Kevin Knox (career-high 31 points), the Knicks outscored the Sixers by 15 in the third quarter to pull within a single point. However, despite a frantic final sequence that led to the Knicks having a game-tying 3-point attempt at the buzzer, Philadelphia escaped with the 108-105 victory. Here are your Bell Ringer candidates:
Ben Simmons: 20 points, 22 rebounds, 9 assists
The extra-wide red headband must be a rebounding power-up item, as Simmons was everywhere on both sides of the glass to collect a career-high 22 boards. Absent a real rim deterrent for the Knicks, Ben consistently cleaved his way down the lane to swing the left-handed pendulum down for ferocious slams. As usual his passing was on point, expertly dropping teardrop dimes to teammates on post-ups or lobs, and surveying the floor for perfectly timed back-cut dishes. On top of it all, Simmons tossed out some catnip for the “Shoot Jumpers” crowd, sinking long fadeaway jumper along the baseline.
Ben Simmons’ confidence is certainly growing. Here’s that big fadeaway jumper pic.twitter.com/0wbFGl3KJY
— Tom West (@TomWestNBA) January 13, 2019
Joel Embiid: 26 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 6 blocks
JoJo was very inefficient in the second half, but was a force prior to halftime, punishing smaller defenders around the rim and running the floor to fill the lanes and finish in transition. Some of his biggest highlights came against New York, though, came on the defensive end. Embiid laughed about his own acting ability after drawing a charge on Lance Thomas. Given the switch everything scheme, he often found himself matched up against much smaller Knicks guards, and stayed with them and denied them at the hoop on numerous occasions. Arguably the most impressive play was when Embiid performed the Dementor’s Kiss to suck out Alonzo Trier’s soul at the end of the first quarter.
Allonzo Trier and Kevin Knox both learning that shooting on Joel Embiid isn’t easy. pic.twitter.com/QK8nJazjHX
— Mike Vorkunov (@MikeVorkunov) January 13, 2019
Jimmy Butler: 16 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists
After a quiet first half, Butler was the only semblance of a stabilizing force for the Sixers in the third quarter, scoring 8 points in the period. He finished a respectable 7-for-15 from the field, feasting on his usual diet of step back jumpers and forays to the bucket. If I had to gripe about one thing with Butler’s game at the moment, however, it would be to take some catch-and-shoot 3-pointers, Jimmy! Zero 3-point attempts isn’t going to cut it when the team needs him to help space the floor around Embiid and Simmons.
no idea why Butler has decided to start passing up open threes like this, but it’s not great pic.twitter.com/eBqAz4V5I2
— Kyle Neubeck (@KyleNeubeck) January 13, 2019
JJ Redick: 22 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists
Speaking of spacing, Brett Brown’s preferred starting five-man unit was all available for this game, and Redick showed once again how critical he is to opening up the floor for the main stars. He was the only Sixers player to hit more than one 3-pointer (shooting 3-for-8), had a 4-point play in the first half, and sank a long 3-pointer with about a minute left to make it a three-possession game and let the Sixers fan base exhale (at least until the crazy final seconds).
JJ FOR THREEEEE.
Redick with a big shot to put the Sixers up, 104-98. pic.twitter.com/g7B8UFWPyj
— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) January 13, 2019