76ers sweep Hornets in Charlotte with 110-106 win
Embiid and the 76ers beat the Hornets in Charlotte to complete the two-game sweep. Another close game from start to finish, how does this team always end up making things difficult?
A slow start has often plagued the 76ers, tonight was nothing different, but once they were able to gain momentum it was in large part to Joel Embiid. He finished with 32 points, and was showing off incredible skill in this game. I mean, how many 7+ footers are doing this:
Charlotte did everything they could to stop the big fella, sending quick doubles, switching to zone, but none of it seemed to work. This game was encouraging in terms of how he looked physically as well. Joel Embiid was getting up and down the floor as well as we have seen, and threw down some nasty dunks too. Embiid is back, but he needed to score 75 points in this short series to beat a short handed Hornets team, he needs some help soon.
The other main contributor for the 76ers was Seth Curry, he took over for a couple stretches and his production was much needed. Drilling four triples on his way to a 23 point outing, and even distributing at a high level with eight assists. If this 76ers team expects to continue winning, Curry is going to have to keep this up.
The frustration doesn’t end with Tobias Harris, he just doesn’t have it recently. Harris scored 18 points, but had ten in the first half and then essentially disappeared. This year has been a chance for him to step up offensively and we just haven’t seen the step that we were hoping for. Tobias Harris isn’t bad, he’s solid and a great leader, but as your second option on the offensive end is struggling to put up 20 points a night it just isn’t enough.
Philadelphia doesn’t get much of a break, as they get to play the Jazz at home tomorrow night. Utah is coming off a game in Minnesota tonight as well but the scheduling has been grueling for the Sixers as of late. Regardless, they look to add on to this three-game win streak that they’ve built.