NEW YORK – Joel Embiid scored 29 factors because the Philadelphia 76ers halted their three-game dropping streak with an emphatic 144-114 rout of the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday.
The Sixers had slumped to defeats towards the Phoenix Suns, Milwaukee Bucks and lowly Detroit Pistons heading into Saturday’s early house sport on the Wells Fargo Middle.
However Embiid and a balanced Sixers offense have been in no temper to concede a fourth straight loss towards a Charlotte group in tenth place within the Jap Convention.
The Sixers held a slim 58-53 lead at half-time however pulled away with a 45-point third-quarter efficiency earlier than pouring in 41 factors within the fourth quarter to seal a crushing win.
Embiid completed with 29 factors, 14 rebounds and 6 assists whereas Tobias Harris had 23 factors, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.
Tyrese Maxey added 19 factors whereas James Harden completed with 12 factors and 13 assists.
The Sixers improved to 47-30 with the victory to stay in fourth place within the Jap Convention, inside touching distance of a playoff place.
Miles Bridges led the Charlotte scoring with 20 factors, with P.J. Washington including 14 and level guard LaMelo Ball 13.
“That was an important sport for us, coming again off a disappointing loss in Detroit,” the Sixers’ Harris stated afterwards.
“Simply having the ability to push the tempo at present and get going was huge for us.”
Harris stated the Sixers had been decided to start out strongly after half-time following latest poor performances within the third quarter.
“We haven’t had the best of begins within the third quarter in the previous couple of video games, in order that was an emphasis for us – we had quite a lot of vitality in that third quarter,” he stated.
The Sixers can clinch a playoff place on Sunday with a win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, who defeated the already-eliminated New York Knicks 119-101 in Saturday’s different early sport.
The Cavaliers are in seventh place within the Jap Convention on 43-35, simply exterior the highest six automated playoff locations.
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