Sixers Extend Win Streak With Victory Over Hornets
The Sixers would continue their short road trip on Wednesday night heading to Charlotte for a matchup against LaMelo Ball and the Hornets. After a dominant showing in the first half it looked like the Sixers were going to have an easy night, but things would not turn out that way.
Despite leading by as much as 26 at one point, this game would go down to the closing moments. The Hornets would give a good effort in the second half, but the Sixers would hold on and pick up the win by a final score of 118-111.
With this win the Sixers are now riding a four-game win streak, and have won five of their last six games. This victory also puts the Sixers above .500 on the road as they are now 6-5 on the year outside of the Wells Fargo Center.
Joel Embiid would lock in pretty much from the opening tip and never look back. He continues his dominance this season with another 30+ point performance. Embiid would end the night with 34 points and 11 rebounds. With this performance he has now scored 30+ points and grabbed 10+ rebounds in five of his last six games.
After putting up his season-high in scoring on Sunday against the Pacers, Tobias Harris would keep the momentum rolling against the Charolette. He would end the night as the Sixers' second-leading scorer with 26 points, and have another incredible fourth quarter performance.
Harris would be crucial in the final quarter to help keep the Hornets at arm's length. He would play all 12 minutes and record 13 of the team's 29 points. Coming up big late in games continues to be a common theme for him.
Ben Simmons would have a quietly good night in this matchup. He would finish with 15 points, six rebounds, 9 assists, and shoot an efficient 7-12 from the floor.
Along with what he brought offensively, he would also stand out defensively slowing down Gordon Hayward. After the game Tobias Harris would say that Simmons does not get enough credit for his intensity on defense.
Doc Rivers would speak to the media postgame and was unfazed by the minor collapse in the second half.
Clearly we let our foot up for sure, lost our focus and all that. But we did enough to win on the road, I'll take that.
After going 3-0 on this short road trip, the Sixers will be heading back home. They will be back in action on Thursday night hosting the Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers.