Joel Embiid joins legendary company, 76ers snap seven game winning streak with loss to Hornets
After winning seven consecutive games, the 76ers fall to an energetic Hornets team at home by a score of 109-98. The Hornets controlled the game from the start and even held a double digit lead for most of the third quarter.
Joel Embiid’s 30+ point streak was in jeopardy until late in the game where he was able to surpass that mark with a dunk in the fourth quarter. He didn’t get much help, which isn’t new, as the rest of the team struggled to support Embiid in an effort to secure a win.
This was Embiid’s eighth straight game scoring 30 or more points, tying a franchise record with Allen Iverson and Wilt Chamberlain.
Embiid finished with 31 points in this game, and dealt with constant double teams from the Hornet’s athletic bigs. The downside to Embiid’s game tonight was his turnovers, he failed to take care of the ball tonight with seven turnovers. Regardless, what an amazing stretch it has been for Embiid, and the Sixers have needed this effort to succeed.
Earlier today, it was revealed that Harris has been dealing with tendonitis in his shoulder, which could explain why his shot hasn’t looked right this year. On the other hand, it hasn’t stopped him from being on the court and tonight was another uninspiring performance from him.
It isn’t that he’s been terrible, he scored 17/8/5 in this game but he just hasn’t been a reliable scoring option. There’s a lack of confidence and energy, and we got used to the steady handed version of Harris last season and he just hasn’t been able to consistently keep it together.
Tyrese Maxey & Furkan Korkmaz
In his first game back after missing the last four games due to health and safety protocol, Maxey struggled from the field tonight. He ended with 10 points, but only shot 4/13 from the floor, and sometimes it seems that there is a hesitancy with both him and Embiid in the lineup.
There was a time in this game where Maxey took over, drilling back to back threes, but he was unable to find that mojo at any other point in the game. Furkan Korkmaz was the only other notable offensive player in this matchup. He was the third leading scorer with 14 points, knocking down 4/7 shots.
Korkmaz was highly efficient and he added a much needed boost during the 76ers final push towards the end of the game.
This was a disappointing way to end the winning streak, but an understandable loss. They have been playing extremely well over the last two weeks and it seemed like they ran out of steam tonight.
I’ll just leave this here
Philadelphia will get a day off before heading to Boston to take on the blundering Celtics.