CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Joel Embiid had 34 points and 11 rebounds, and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Charlotte Hornets, 118-111, on Wednesday night (Thursday, Manila time) for their fourth straight win.
Tobias Harris scored 26 points and Ben Simmons added 15 points and nine assists for the 76ers, who stretched their winning streak against the Hornets to 14 games, tied for the longest active streak in the NBA. The Clippers have also won 14 straight against the Magic.
Gordon Hayward and LaMelo Ball each had 22 points for the Hornets, who had their three-game win streak snapped.
Earlier in the day, Hornets coach James Borrego said on local radio that he expected his team to come out with plenty of energy knowing their history against the 76ers.
But Charlotte shot 22.7% from field in the first quarter and fell behind 30-13.
The 76ers stretched the lead to 26 in third quarter before the Hornets started to get hot from beyond the arc and battled back to cut the deficit to seven with two minutes left. But Danny Green knocked down a 3 from the right corner and Simmons added a driving layup to keep the Hornets at bay.
Every time the 76ers needed a bucket, they went to Embiid — and more often than not he responded with mid-range jumpers or by getting to the foul line.
76ers: Seth Curry played 16 minutes in the first half and did not attempt a shot. ... Embiid and Harris were a combined 18 of 19 from the foul line.
Hornets: LaMelo Ball got his second NBA start with Terry Rozier still out with a sprained ankle. Forward P.J. Washington (foot) also sat out with Miles Bridges getting the start. ... Held to a season-low 42 points in the first half. ... James Borrego got his first technical foul of the season in the third quarter.
76ers: Return home to host the Blazers on Thursday night.
Hornets: Homestand continues Friday night against the Jazz.