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National Basketball Association
Philadelphia 128, Charlotte 114
When: 7:00 PM ET, Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Where: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina
Officials: #64 Justin Van Duyne, #26 Pat Fraher, #49 Tom Washington
Attendance: 15600
Robert Covington scored 22 points, aided by five 3-point baskets, as the Philadelphia 76ers sizzled from the perimeter to defeat the Charlotte Hornets 128-114 on Tuesday night at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C.

Dario Saric added 19 points with four 3s, and Joel Embiid poured in 18 points.

The 76ers shot 16-for-33 on 3-pointers. Philadelphia didn't have a 3-point basket in the last seven minutes, having done enough long-range damage by then.

Ben Simmons tacked on 16 points on 8-for-9 shooting from the field, and JJ Redick provided 14 points. Marco Belinelli and Ersan Ilyasova each had 11 points off the bench for Philadelphia.

Dwight Howard scored 30 points for the Hornets, hitting 12 of 17 shots from the field.

Nic Batum's 12 points and Marvin Williams' 11 points weren't enough, as the four starters other than Howard combined for 33 points.

Treveon Graham added 12 points, Frank Kaminsky had 11 and Jeremy Lamb supplied 10 points for the Hornets, who have lost four in a row following a five-game winning streak.

Hornets guard Kemba Walker, the team's leading scorer, was 1-for-9 from the field, including 0-for-5 on 3-pointers. His field goal came with about 7 1/2 minutes remaining, pulling the Hornets to within 110-100.

Howard, who made a buzzer 3-pointer to end the first half, scored the first five points of the second half to help the Hornets recover from what had been a largely ragged second quarter.

The 76ers, who lost three of their previous five games, finished the first half on a 21-11 spurt for a 71-59 lead.

Philadelphia shot 67.5 percent from the field in the first half, an offensive outburst that might have been bigger if not for nine turnovers. The 76ers had only five second-half giveaways.

Redick was 3-for-4 on 3-pointers in the first half.

The 76ers' most-recent victory also came against Charlotte, winning 110-99 last week at home.

Charlotte had 28 first-half points from its reserves, accounting for nearly half of the points production.

This was Philadelphia's second game of a four-game road stretch.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Philadelphia   Charlotte
Robert Covington 22 Scoring Dwight Howard 30
Ben Simmons 13 Assists Nicolas Batum 10
Ben Simmons 8 Rebounds Dwight Howard 6
Robert Covington 3 Free Throws Made Dwight Howard 5
Robert Covington 2 Steals Jeremy Lamb 2
Robert Covington 2 Blocks Dwight Howard 3
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Philadelphia 128 57.5 16-33 12-15 35 44 4 6 14
Charlotte 114 50.0 11-29 23-31 26 33 5 7 10
Upcoming Games
  • Charlotte will play their next game at home against Brooklyn. The Hornets have a W/L % of .414 after a win and .444 after a loss.
  • Philadelphia will play their next game on the road against Miami. The 76ers have a W/L % of .571 after a win and .536 after a loss.