By: Kylan Watson
The Philadelphia 76ers entered their two-game series with the Charlotte Hornets. Looking to pick-up where they left off after thoroughly destroying the Orlando Magic last week. They had another offensive explosion, using a hot shooting night to rout the Hornets 127-112. The Sixers are now 5-1 in a loaded Eastern Conference.
Early in the night the Sixers got off to a hot start. They hit their first three shots, and took advantage of some early mistakes by the Hornets. Once again they were able to take advantage of some hot shooting from beyond the arc. They hit 45.7% of their threes. The Hornets had no answers for the Sixers perimeter shooting. When they tried to stop them, their shooters would attack the basket.
Tobias Harris had another great performance from the field. He scored 24-points and grabbed nine rebounds. He had an efficient night from the three-point line. He hit four/six three-pointers. This is Harris best stretch of games and if he can continue having a great scoring output. It will unlock the paint for center Joel Embiid and guard/forward Ben Simmons.
Harris also got help from guard Seth Curry. He continued his hot scoring from the perimeter. With every game Seth seems to be getting more and more comfortable. His chemistry with Embiid continues to keep blossoming with every game. Curry scored 21-points and had six assists. He also hit three/six from beyond the arc.
On the dangerous offense, “Everybody’s a threat out there. Everybody’s touching the ball. Everybody’s involved. We’re tough to guard right now,” Curry said.
The Hornets for their part continued to fight and were able to force the Sixers into 21 turnovers. This allowed them to get some easy baskets, and cut the lead to 10-points. They also were able to get a good offensive performance from Hornets guard Terry Rosier. He scored a game high 35-points. The only thing that kept Rosier down was the defense and offensive output of the Sixers.
The Sixers will look to keep the momentum going as they wrap-up their two-game series against the hungry Hornets on Monday.