James Borrego’s troop, led at the start of the game by Gordon Hayward who made his first 9 shots, made the difference at the end of the second quarter by going 16-2 with Miles Briges to accompany Hayward in scoring (48-62 ). ).
Quickly at +20 after a Mason Plumlee dunk and two new Gordon Hayward baskets in the third quarter, the Hornets had to hold off a furious Curry-Embiid duo. They did pretty well with the help of the Ball-Rozier-Plumlee trio, even if Tobias Harris and Furkan Korkmaz kept the suspense going by leading the Sixers to -6 early in the fourth quarter (79-85).
When everything could have changed, Charlotte finally held on and started again with a dunk from Miles Bridges, who returned to the circle after a counterattack from Joel Embiid (83-94). Miles Bridges then killed the game on his own by fielding a 3-pointer, an alley-oop and two more points after a Joel Embiid dunk (94-106). Despite all the efforts of the Cameroonian center, the Sixers, who remained at 7 wins in a row, were thus forced to surrender, defeated by 98 to 109.
WHAT TO REMEMBER
– End of series(s). The Sixers hadn’t lost yet in 2022, now it’s done since the Hornets passed through town. Doc Rivers’ troupe was also left with seven wins in a row, led by a Joel Embiid in top form, he who chained an 8th game with more than 30 points, the only series still in progress. Meanwhile, the Hornets have pulled off a big blow as it’s been five years since they won against Philly…16 straight!
– The Bridges-Embiid duel. When two of the most spectacular players in the league meet, the spark is bound to fly! Suffice it to say that the circles took him for his rank and that the two players took a malicious pleasure in responding, Miles Bridges did not hesitate to rub shoulders with a Drummond-Embiid painting, or to return to the dunk after a Cameroonian counterattack. In addition to walking away with the win, Miles Bridges had the last word as he recorded his last basket in isolation in a quarter field against Joel Embiid.
✅ Gordon Hayward. The leader of the Hornets did his bit by installing a climate of confidence from the start of the game by registering his first 9 baskets. Also important early in the second half when he allowed his team to go ahead by 20 points, he turned in a complete game to finish with 30 points 4 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals.
✅ ⛔ Joel embiid. The Sixers center spared no effort to line up a new game with more than 30 points. His 7 turnovers, however, tarnish the final table, especially since Philadelphia was dominated in rebounding by a team whose racket is not particularly its strong point and that, in this battle, the Cameroonian captured only 6 rebounds, 4 less compared to his usual average.
Philadelphia (23-17): the Sixers host the Celtics on Friday.
Charlotte (23-19): homecoming of the Hornets who host the Magic this Friday.