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Hornets drop a crucial game to 76ers, 128-114

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The Charlotte Hornets lose to the 76ers despite outstanding performances by Dwight Howard and Nic Batum.

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The Charlotte Hornets lost to the Philadelphia 76ers Tuesday night, 128-114, marking the fourth straight game they have lost, and their second to the 76ers in that stretch.

The game started off close. In fact, the Hornets only had a three point deficit entering the second quarter due to a buzzer-beating three made by J.J. Reddick. However, that would be the point when things started to go downhill. Charlotte was outscored by nine points in the second quarter, bringing their halftime debt to 12 points. Conclusively, the Hornets would not catch up.

One notable performance belongs to Dwight Howard. The 32-year-old big man scored 30 points on 17 shots and even hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to end the first half. Howard also tallied six rebounds and three blocks. Nic Batum also had a striking display, scoring 12 points on five shots, as well as recording 10 assists.

Malik Monk played in place of Michael Carter-Williams tonight (who was out with a shoulder spraing), and had a solid performance considering his previous appearances. Monk registered nine points, two assists, and two rebounds, as well as a single steal in only 16 minutes of play. Monk would also go on to lead the Charlotte Hornets in plus/minus, with a score of +6.

Perhaps the reason the Charlotte Hornets lost in the fashion they did is because of star point-guard Kemba Walker. Guarded by Robert Covington, Walker only managed to score a season-low five points, three of which were free throws.

Another reason Charlotte struggled was that the Hornets simply could not guard the wing in the second half. This, in part, was due to Michael Kidd-Gilchrist being ejected in the first half of the game. MCW’s absence didn’t help things defensively, either.

The Hornets’ next game will be against the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday, March 8th, at the Spectrum Center. The Nets have a record of 20-44 and are one of the few horrible NBA teams that actually are not looking to tank. Hopefully, the Hornets can come away with a win, although playoff chances are starting to look slim.