The Sixers held the Charlotte Hornets to 13 points in the first quarter in one of their more impressive defensive quarters of the season. They built up a 26 point lead, and then the third quarter happened and the Hornets pulled within eight, but the Sixers led by Joel Embiid, with 34 points, held off on Charlotte’s push to come away with the win 118-111.
Joel Embiid posted another 30 point 10 rebound game with support from Tobias Harris‘ 26 points, and Danny Green poured in 18. Coach Doc Rivers praised Tobias post-game saying he is back playing to how he was with the Clippers, making quick decisions, and getting downhill and called him a “force”.
When he makes quick decisions, decisive, and he gets downhill with the power he has, he is a forceDoc Rivers on Tobias Harris’ recent play.
If there was anything to worry about tonight it was the third-quarter play. They saw a 26 point lead evaporate to single digits. Rivers said that the team let their foot off the pedal and lost focus and the Hornets came out with far more energy than the Sixers. He talked about using the third quarter as a teaching moment saying that they earned that lead by playing so well in the first half but lack of energy and focus in the second ultimately had them lose the lead.
The 76ers improved 16-6 for the season, 12-0 when all the starters play and finished off a three-game road trip with a sweep. Joel Embiid continues his campaign for MVP and has the team first in the Eastern Conference.
They head home for the second half of a back to back tomorrow night versus the Portland Trail Blazers at 8 pm.