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VIDEO: Sixers’ Joel Embiid defers postgame ‘bell ringing’ gesture to Alec Burks after win vs. Nets


The Philadelphia 76ers pulled off an overtime win over the Kyrie Irving-less Brooklyn Nets on national television and while Joel Embiid did more than enough to warrant Player of the Game honors, he deferred the ceremonial post-game ringing of the bell to newcomer Alec Burks.

In only his second game in a new uniform, Burks scored 19 points off the bench, making the most of his 30 minutes as the Sixers sixth man, giving the Nets problems in the overtime period.

Burks was brought over from the Golden State Warriors along with Glenn Robinson III via trade two weeks ago. The 6-foot-6 veteran had proved to be a walking bucket this season, putting up career-high numbers with the Warriors and filling in a dire spark plug need for the Sixers.

Burks started slow but saw the ball find his hands more often in the second half.

“It just came my way,” Burks said about having more chances after halftime, according to Marc Narducci of The Philadelphia Inquirer. “I don’t know if anything changed, I wasn’t forcing it up….”

Embiid acknowledged what a huge addition he’s been for a team that’s struggled to keep the same pace when going to its second unit.

“Since we got him, I felt that was another guy that could create his own shot,” said Embiid. “You set up a screen and put him behind the three-point line and he is not afraid to take that shot. We need that and haven’t really had that the last couple of years and it is a good sight to see.”

The Sixers have won their last four games and are steadily climbing the ladder once again, now only half a game behind the Miami Heat after their loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday.