Round Two: Hornets vs Sixers
The Sixers won their third straight game on Saturday night. The latest victim was the Charlotte Hornets. With a 5-1 record on the season, the 76ers have the best record in the NBA. Tonight, they will look to improve to 6-1 as they host the Charlotte Hornets yet again in South Philly.
Here’s what I’m watching tonight.
The Consistency of Tobias Harris & Seth Curry
Last game, the Sixers had 6 different players score in double digits. Seth Curry and Tobias Harris stole the show and combined for 45 points. Harris led the way and stuffed the stat sheet with 24 points, nine rebounds, four steals, and three blocks. Curry added 21 points with incredible efficiency, shooting 8 for 11 and 3 for 6 from long-range.
A Multi-Dimensional Ben Simmons
Ben Simmons notched his 29th triple-double with 15 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists. He continued to make his presence felt all over the floor. The key to the game tonight yet again is team shooting and with a floor general like Ben Simmons facilitating the ball, I would look for a similar result as last game. With six players scoring in double figures and efficient ball movement on the offensive end of the court, the Sixers shot 59.5% from the floor and 45.7% from beyond the arc.
Joel Embiid & the Bench Mob
Even with a “quiet” game from Joel Embiid, the MVP hopeful still had a double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Milton continued to lead the bench with 18 points. Rookie Tyrese Maxey scored 9 points on 50% shooting from the floor and Matisse Thybulle, although he didn’t light up the stat sheet, was looking and taking open shots.
This Charlotte team is not very good. The Sixers should be able to come out tonight and put up a similar effort to last game and easily win this game. Terry Rozier quietly scored 35 points last game but the Hornets simply don’t have enough fire power to keep up with the Sixers.
Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons remain undefeated in their careers vs the Hornets. Sixers win.
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