The Philadelphia 76ers have hit a rough patch as they are trying to avoid a fourth consecutive loss tonight. They will hope to grab a win as they host the Charlotte Hornets at the Wells Fargo Center. The 76ers currently have a 2-0 home record so they have a lot of confidence in ending this losing streak.
The Hornets, on the other hand, are coming fresh off of a 115-110 loss they took in the hands of the New Orleans Pelicans. That was their second straight loss and they are hoping to avoid a third straight one tonight. This matchup tonight will mark the first of three meetings between these two teams this season.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:
The Philadelphia 76ers and the Charlotte Hornets have battled each other a grand total of 112 times as the 76ers won 53 games while the Charlotte teams came away with 59 victories.
-Nicolas Batum (finger; 0.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.0 APG)
-Willy Hernangomez (coach’s decision; 3.7 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.3 APG, 50.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
-Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (coach’s decision; 5.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 28.6 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
-Caleb Martin (coach’s decision; 1.7 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 1.0 APG, 22.2 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Jalen McDaniels (G-League; 2.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-Robert Franks (G-League)
-Kobi Simmons (G-League)
-Shake Milton (knee; 6.3 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 44.4 3P%)
-Ben Simmons (shoulder; 13.1 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 6.9 APG, 49.4 FG%)
-Norvel Pelle (coach’s decision)
-Zhaire Smith (G-League)
-Marial Shayok (G-League)
Both teams would play it close in the first half as the 76ers shot fifty-one percent from the field while the Hornets shot forty-six percent. Joel Embiid chalked up 15 points while recording five rebounds, one steal, and two blocks. Former Celtics’ center Al Horford helped out with eight points, five rebounds, and three assists.
Tobias Harris earned himself six points while Raul Neto had five points, hitting a three-pointer in the first period. Oklahoma-native Josh Richardson had a three-pointer in the first quarter as he dished out three assists. Furkan Korkmaz played the most minutes off the bench as he had seven points.
On the other end of the court, Cody Zeller warmed up with 17 points while shooting seventy-seven percent. He had two three-pointers, along with five rebounds and one steal. Both Miles Bridges and P.J. Washington scored seven points each while Terry Rozier was kept to just four points. Devonte Graham played 17 minutes off the bench as he had 11 points while the visiting team went into halftime with a 58-53 advantage.
The 76ers would take control of the game in the second half as they went on a 61-48 run, shooting fifty-eight percent from the field, holding the Charlotte team to just forty-three percent shooting. Mike Scott had nine points off the bench while Richardson collected eight points which included two three-pointers in the third quarter. Harris helped out with eight points while Horford earned seven points. Korkmaz played the most minutes off the bench as he had ten points.
As for the North Carolina ball club, both Rozier and Malik Monk had nine points each while Washington earned eight points. Graham played 16 minutes off the bench as he chalked up eight points but it wouldn’t mean much as the home team escaped with a 114-106 victory over the Hornets. Joel Embiid finished the game with 18 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks while Cody Zeller had 24 points, 7 rebounds, and one steal.
The Charlotte Hornets will host Ja Morant (18.9 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 5.5 APG, 49.2 FG%, 46.2 3P%) and the Memphis Grizzlies (2-7) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. The Philadelphia 76ers will host Kevin Love (18.5 PPG, 14.1 RPG, 3.9 APG, 49.5 FG%, 36.7 3P%) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (3-5) on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.