Despite getting a lot of offense, the Charlotte Hornets losing streak is now at three games after losing to the Philadelphia 76ers, 119-102, at home. A poor defensive effort did the Hornets in against a Sixers team that will be a tough out in the postseason. With this loss, the Hornets have lost all four contests against the Sixers this season. It is the Sixers 10th straight win.
The offensive was rough early for both teams in this game. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist got the team going with a few mid-range jumpers. He scored eight of the Hornets first 15 points.
The Sixers got good contributions from the bench including Markelle Fultz, the number one overall pick in last years NBA draft. In addition to that, Richaun Holmes brought a lot of energy with three first quarter dunks. Despite not shooting well to start, the Hornets still finished the quarter with a one point lead.
Both teams continued to struggle on offense as the turnovers piled up for both teams. A former Charlotte Hornet Marco Belinelli caused a lot of problems. He got off to a hot start off the bench as Ben Simmons continued to find him in transition. The Sixers stretched their lead to as many as seven. MKG continued to help the Hornets stay in the game, but turnovers continued to plague the team. In the end, through Belinelli, Simmons and J.J. Redick, the Sixers led 60-51 at halftime.
The Hornets defensive struggles continue to begin the second half. Philly stretched their lead to 13 at the beginning of the third quarter. However, Charlotte brought some energy after that tough start. After Dwight Howard converted an and-one and a few free throws from MKG, the Hornets were only down by one. The Sixers were able to respond and get the lead back up to 11 with Ben Simmons showing flashes of greatness. After working their way back into the game, the Hornets were down 13 after three quarters.
In the fourth quarter, the bench played the rest of the way. Players like Malik Monk, Willy Hernangomez and Julyan Stone got their chance. Dwayne Bacon and Treveon Graham were unavailable due to injury, so Monk and Stone saw time in the second unit. The Hornets deficit was up to 20 at the beginning of the fourth quarter. While the bench began to fight near the end of the game, they couldn’t recover from the deep hole.
Overall, the Hornets record sits at 34-44 with four games left in the 2017-18 season. It has been a forgettable 78 to say the least. Speaking of which, the Hornets travel to take on the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night in a game tankathon.com will be drooling over. This game was the ultimate face palm.