Sixers Bell Ringer season standings:
Joel Embiid – 21
Tobias Harris – 13
Ben Simmons – 7
Shake Milton – 5
Matisse Thybulle – 2
Danny Green – 2
Tyrese Maxey – 2
Furkan Korkmaz – 2
Dakota Mathias – 1
Tony Bradley – 1
Philadelphia got off to a 12-0 start in this game, but any thoughts of a runaway Sixers win were quickly extinguished when Steph Curry (49 points, 10-of-17 from 3) started shooting lasers out of his hands like Iron Man. It was a close game throughout the night, with the Sixers up by one at 92-91 with 3:33 left. Then, Golden State went on a 10-0 run, as Steph put on the Infinity glove and snapped the Sixers’ hopes of winning out of existence. In all, Curry made five 3s and scored 20 points in the last 6:07 of the game, dooming Philadelphia to a 107-96 defeat. You have to tip the cap before choosing tonight’s Sixers Bell Ringer.
Joel Embiid: 28 points, 13 rebounds, 8 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 4 turnovers
Before the MVP chants turned to Steph, Joel was getting his usual love from the hometown faithful with an excellent first half. While not every shot was falling for Embiid, he was recognizing the double teams the Warriors were sending his way, and making the perfect reads all over the court. As usual, he made some trips to the free throw line, even getting Draymond Green into some foul trouble. The second half wasn’t as great for the big man. He did have one outstanding defensive play where he stayed with Steph off a switch and blocked his driving attempt out of bounds. That acumen made it more puzzling that Joel didn’t hedge out harder on some of Steph’s later 3s (although Steph still made one on a play where Joel did come out hard, so…shrug). Even if he wasn’t the most valuable player on the court tonight, Embiid still nearly put up a 30-point triple-double.
Embiid. Fadeaway. Smooth. #PhantomCam
He’s got 22.. late 3Q on ESPN pic.twitter.com/sRe5s1yL1c
— NBA (@NBA) April 20, 2021
Seth Curry: 15 points, 5 assists, 1 steal, 1 turnover
We saw the Curry brothers going directly head-to-head and early on, Seth was actually getting the better of his older brother. Presumably emboldened by the familial battle, Seth was super aggressive, driving for pull-ups and floaters, and even hitting a 3-pointer right in Steph’s face. He finished with 15 points and four assists in the first half, with all four helpers finding Joel Embiid. In the second half, Seth wasn’t as impactful, while his brother…well, you know. But for the first 24 minutes, he was neck-and-neck with his future Hall-of-Fame sibling.
Seth Curry drained a triple over Steph pic.twitter.com/kuAFYlwBzv
— NBA TV (@NBATV) April 20, 2021
Matisse Thybulle: 13 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals, 1 block, 0 turnover
Another guy you had to love the offensive aggressiveness from was Matisse, whose 11 field-goal attempts were a season-high and just the second time in his career he took double-digit shots. Thybulle was a willing shooter, hitting one 3, and also made some plays off the bounce and as a cutter. He even get super saucy with a windmill dunk in transition. Defensively, Matisse wasn’t successful at all in his minutes on Steph, but he tallied four stocks and was excellent off the ball.
Matisse Thybulle taking off with the steal and windmill. pic.twitter.com/ad6XjfHm1G
— Tom West (@TomWestNBA) April 20, 2021
Tyrese Maxey: 10 points, 2 rebounds, 0 turnovers
The rookie appears to be inches his way back into Doc Rivers’ circle of trust, rewarding his head coach with his first double-digit scoring effort in the month of April. Maxey scored on his usual array of lightning-quick drives, impossible-looking runners, and pull-up jumpers. He even hit a big bucket with about five minutes left in the game, getting some burn with the closing unit. Not many Sixers can create offense from nothing with the ball in their hands, and hopefully, Tyrese can continue flashing that talent more consistently to further his development.
Tyrese Maxey & Matisse Thybulle with 23 points off the bench
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) April 20, 2021