It just wasn’t meant to be as the Charlotte Hornets fell for the second time this season to the Philadelphia 76ers by a score of 133-132 in overtime. Kemba Walker led the way for Charlotte, finishing with 30 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds.
After going down 21 points in the third quarter, Head Coach James Borrego, pulled his entire starting lineup and replaced them with Tony Parker, Malik Monk, Dwayne Bacon, Miles Bridges and Willy Hernangomez who all led the comeback to bring the game within 11 points at the start of the 4th quarter.
The starters came back in rejuvenated, and would eventually end up taking a five point lead late in the 4th. However, it would not hold as Joel Embiid and the Sixers would keep the game just close enough (Embiid shot 16 free throws in the 4th quarter) to send the game to overtime.
The story remained the same as the first game, as the Hornets simply had no answer for 76ers superstar, Joel Embiid. Embiid finished with 42 points, 18 rebounds, and tallied 4 assists to his impressive stat line. It seemed as if every time Embiid entered the paint he was somehow drawing a could call. Hornets starting center Cody Zeller fouled out late in the 4th quarter, and backup center, Hernangomez, finished with 5 fouls himself.
Early in the game the Hornets found themselves in such a large hole due to their lack of effort on the defensive side of the ball. They seemed unwilling to guard players at the three point line and got killed early on by Dario Saric and J.J. Reddick.
A couple positive notes. It was nice to see Dwayne Bacon lead the way for Hornets bench in the comeback tonight. Finishing with 15 points, 5-7 from the field 2-3 from 3. That should earn him some extra minutes in near future. Also Jeremy Lamb put together a nice performance before leaving due to a right groin injury. 17 points on 12 shots and 3-4 from 3. He’s been on a solid streak lately.
Hornets next game is at Detroit for a Sunday afternoon matchup against the Pistons. Tip-Off is at 3:30 p.m.