The Sixers defeated the Charlotte Hornets 119-102, while missing both Joel Embiid and Dario Saric.
Ben Simmons was fantastic, with 20 points, 15 assists, 8 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocks. Simmons had just 1 turnover, and the team altogether had 14 turnovers. Nothing too impressive, but still a good-ish trend for this particular team.
JJ Redick also had a solid outing, with 20 points on 7-15 shooting, including 5-8 from 3PT. Marco Belinelli was on fire, scoring 22 points on 9-10 shooting. Ersan Ilyasova and Robert Covington joined the scoring party, with 16 and 17 points respectively. Covington was himself on defense, but struggled offensively from an efficiency standpoint, shooting 7-21.
Markelle Fultz played 18 minutes, scoring 4 points and contributing 4 assists.
The Sixers held most of the Hornets’ starters in check, with only Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scoring more than 10 points. Kemba Walker wasn’t very aggressive shooting the ball, and the Sixers were able to limit Kemba to just 10 points, over 12 points below his season average of 22.8. Dwight Howard did have a double-double, with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Sixers have had an easy schedule of late, but they are showing the “Next Man Up” mentality we saw from the Philadelphia Eagles. Not too long ago, the depth (or lack thereof) was the achilles heel of the Sixers. Nowadays, the Sixers can go to battle without Dario Saric and Joel Embiid, and come away with an easy victory.
Next up, the Sixers host the Brooklyn Nets on April 3rd.