Embiid, 76ers continue dominance of Hornets, win 118-111
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Joel Embiid had 34 points and 11 rebounds, and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Charlotte Hornets 118-111 on Wednesday night for their fourth straight win.
Tobias Harris scored 26 points and Ben Simmons added 15 points and nine assists for the 76ers, who stretched their winning streak against the Hornets to 14 games, connected for the longest active streak in the NBA. The Clippers have also won 14 straight against the Magic.
Gordon Hayward and LaMelo Ball each had 22 points for the Hornets, who had their three-game win streak snapped.
Earlier in the day, Hornets coach James Borrego stated on regional radio that he anticipated his group to come out with lots of energy knowing their history against the 76ers.
However Charlotte shot 22.7% from field in the first quarter and fell behind 30-13.
The 76ers extended the result in 26 in third quarter prior to the Hornets started to get hot from beyond the arc and battled back to cut the deficit to 7 with 2 minutes left. But Danny Green tore down a 3 from the best corner and Simmons added a driving layup to keep the Hornets at bay.
Each time the 76ers required a bucket, they went to Embiid– and typically he responded with mid-range jumpers or by getting to the foul line.
76ers: Seth Curry played 16 minutes in the very first half and did not try a shot. … Embiid and Harris were a combined 18 of 19 from the nasty line.
Hornets: LaMelo Ball got his 2nd NBA start with Terry Rozier still out with a sprained ankle. Forward P.J. Washington (foot) also remained with Miles Bridges getting the start. … Held to a season-low 42 points in the first half. … James Borrego got his first technical foul of the season in the 3rd quarter.
76ers: Return home to host the Blazers on Thursday night.
Hornets: Homestand continues Friday night versus the Jazz.
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