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Hornets squander any hope against Philly, lose, 108-94

The Charlotte Hornets disappoint against the Philadelphia 76ers, losing in typical Hornets’ fashion Monday night.

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The Charlotte Hornets traveled to Philadelphia to face the 76ers Monday night and fell short, 108-94. Before the game, Nicolas Batum and Cody Zeller were ruled out, along with Michael Carter-Williams, who will not be playing the rest of this season due to a shoulder injury.

The game started slowly for Charlotte, as the Hornets only scored eight points in the first eight minutes of Monday’s game. However, the Hornets would manage to climb back into the game and trim the deficit to three points at the end of the first quarter, thanks in part to some stellar bench play.

This spectacular performance by the bench ultimately carried on into the second quarter, where the Hornets outscored the 76ers by 10 points. Willy Hernangomez even hit a buzzer-beating three to end the first half of play to cap off 17 points in 11 minutes.

The third period is where things would start to take a turn, though. Charlotte only managed to score 14 points in the third quarter; meanwhile, Philly put up 32. This would be the avalanche that lost the Charlotte Hornets Monday night’s game.

While the score isn’t what fans wanted, there are some bright spots from Monday night’s game vs. the Philadelphia 76ers. Willy Hernangomez led the bench in points, scoring 17 total points on 11 shots. Hernangomez also had three rebounds, two steals, and one block. Malik Monk also had a great game. Monk had 13 points in 16 minutes and also led three assists to go along with it. Dwayne Bacon, surprisingly, led the Hornets in plus/minus, with +17. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had a team-low plus/minus of -40.

The Charlotte Hornets’ next game will be in Brooklyn against the Nets, on March 21st, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. EST. It will be the final game of the current road trip.