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Embiid drops 42 in three quarters, Sixers crush Hornets for sixth straight win

Joel Embiid continues to dominate and get fourth quarters off as the Sixers beat up the shorthanded Hornets Saturday.

Philadelphia 76ers v Charlotte Hornets Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images

What a week this has been for the point differential.

The Sixers made it six wins in a row Saturday night, cruising past a shorthanded Charlotte Hornets squad 135-82. One hundred and thirty-five to eighty-two.

That’s the third-largest win in franchise history.

Joel Embiid continued to put up video game numbers and got yet another fourth quarter off. Tonight he went for 42 points, shooting 18-of-23 from the field, along with 15 rebounds and two blocks.

Tyrese Maxey, who also sat out the fourth, put up 21 points shooting 8-of-13 from the floor.

Here are some thoughts at the buzzer.

First Quarter

  • Another day, another dominant first for Embiid. He came out of the gate with 18 points, outscoring the Hornets himself. Charlotte’s backcourt, already down P.J. Washington and Mark Williams, had nothing for the big fella.
  • It was a typical first quarter for Tobias Harris as well, who was very active in the first few minutes of the game before fading to the background. Harris had seven in the opening quarter, going 1-of-2 from downtown.
  • Philly’s defense was also off to a good start, thanks in large part to two steals from De’Anthony Melton. It was also evident early on that the Hornets’ shooters were cold. They shot 29% from the field in the first, missing all eight of their threes. The Sixers jumped out to a 16-point lead after one.

Second Quarter

  • The Sixers have been crushing these bottom-five teams recently, and they’ve done so without any particularly great nights from Maxey. He looked more to form tonight, going for 21 points thanks to a flurry of step-back threes. He knocked down five triples in the second.
  • What’s been crazy about Embiid’s recent stretch is that he hasn’t shot it particularly well from the midrange — 14.9% of his made baskets are midrange jumpers this season, which is actually the lowest mark for him since 2018-19. It was falling for him in the first half tonight, as he went into the break 8-of-9 from the midrange.
  • Charlotte’s offensive outlook did not improve much. Their field goal percentage rose to just 37% before the half, and they went into halftime having been outscored by just the combination of Maxey and Embiid. The Sixers’ lead grew to 29 at the half.

Third Quarter

  • The Hornets came into tonight not only also on the second leg of a back-to-back, but they were down six members of the roster. They lost another when Terry Rozier took an inadvertent Embiid elbow to the face. A painful way to end what had already been a miserable night.
  • Embiid is on such an incredible scoring pace at the moment he’s already breaking some of his records from last year. It’s important to remember that he’s done this sitting out the fourth quarter in nearly half of these games by now.
  • Perhaps it’s because six year’s worth of Sixers guards made this skill look like rocket science, but Nico Batum’s post-entry passing feels like a god send. After years of sealing and having to re-seal in a packed lane, Embiid finally has a teammate that can hit him as soon as he’s posted up. Philly’s lead ballooned to 41 (forty-one!) after three.

Fourth Quarter

  • Kelly Oubre Jr. has admitted he’s felt a bit timid at times driving into the paint since returning from injury, yet somehow, it seems like he’s been good for at least one violent dunk per game since he’s been back.
  • Should the Sixers have any injuries pop up in the near future, they’re unbelievably well set up for it. Literally every guy on the roster has gotten action in every game this week. Being able to get the entire team this many game-reps is a rare opportunity for a team this high in the standings.
  • The Sixers will have a three-game homestead to extend this winning streak. It’ll start Monday night when they take on the Chicago Bulls at 7 p.m. ET.

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