The Sixers defeated the Charlotte Hornets 128-114, largely on the backs of Dario Saric and Robert Covington. Covington’s shooting was reignited tonight, as he went 5 for 9 from three and had 22 points, a team high. Saric continues to be big offensively for the Sixers, finishing with 19-5-3 and a block that the stats didn’t give him but I will. Joel Embiid had a quiet first half, only scoring four points, but was reignited after halftime. Embiid scored six points in the third and eight in the fourth to finish with 18 points. He only played 28 minutes as the benches were cleared with three minutes left in the fourth quarter. Ben Simmons also had a strong showing, finishing two rebounds shy of a triple-double and shooting 89% from the field.
In the game preview, it was mentioned that the Sixers would need to contain Kemba Walker, who torched them for 31 points in their previous meeting. The Sixers were able to do that as Walker only had five points on the night on 11.1% shooting. The Sixers (and Embiid) were not as successful at limiting Dwight Howard, who had a game-high 30 points in 30 minutes of play.
Check back tomorrow morning for a detailed recap featuring highlights and post-game comments from the teams.