Em­biid leads 76ers past Hornets

Centre Daily Times (Sunday) - - Sports - BY AARON BRACY

Joel Em­biid had 27 points and 14 re­bounds while J.J. Redick and Robert Cov­ing­ton each hit key 3-point­ers late to lead the Philadel­phia 76ers to a 105-103 vic­tory over the Char­lotte Hornets on Satur­day night.

Em­biid was a game-time de­ci­sion af­ter in­jur­ing his left an­kle in prac­tice on Fri­day. But the Philadel­phia big man didn’t fa­vor his an­kle at all while record­ing his sixth dou­ble­dou­ble in as many games to start the sea­son.

Cov­ing­ton had 18 points and 10 re­bounds and Ben Sim­mons contributed 14 points and 12 re­bounds for Philadel­phia, which evened its record at 3-3.

Kemba Walker scored 37 points for Char­lotte. Walker needed 31 shots for his points, fin­ish­ing 11-for-31 from the field and 3-for-15 from the arc. He en­tered sec­ond be­hind Steph Curry in 3-point at­tempts (64) and 3-point­ers made (29).

The game was tied at 99 af­ter Walker’s 3-pointer with 3:04 left. Redick put the 76ers ahead 102-99 with 2:03 left by nail­ing a 3 from the left wing. Walker an­swered with a layup to pull Char­lotte within one, but Cov­ing­ton drained a 3-pointer from the right wing five sec­onds later to make it 105-101.

The Hornets missed all four of their field-goal at­tempts from that point on, with Walker’s two free throws with 2.6 sec­onds left ac­count­ing for their fi­nal points.

Nei­ther team led by more than six points in a tightly con­tested sec­ond half. The 76ers erased an 85-83 deficit to start the fourth by scor­ing six straight to open the pe­riod and take an 89-85 lead with 10:50 left. Sec­ondyear guard Markelle Fultz elec­tri­fied the crowd with a one-handed fast­break dunk dur­ing the spurt.

Fultz also drew cheers with a first-half spin­ning layup and a third-quar­ter base­line jumper. The sec­ond-year guard re-worked his jump shot over the sum­mer af­ter shoot­ing strug­gles dur­ing an in­jury­plagued sea­son last year.


Hornets: G Tony Parker (rest) didn’t play. . Rookie Miles Bridges had 14 points.

76ers: Wil­son Chan­dler (ham­string) missed his sixth straight game to start the sea­son. . Em­biid has a dou­ble-dou­ble in ev­ery game this sea­son.


The Six­ers’ Joel Em­biid blocks a shot by the Hornets’ Jeremy Lamb dur­ing Satur­day’s game in Philadel­phia.

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