NEW YORK – The Philadelphia 76ers stopped their three-game losing streak with a powerful 144-114 goal against the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday as Joel MBD scored 29 points.
The Sixers lost to the Phoenix Suns, Milwaukee Box and the inferior Detroit Pistons in early Saturday’s home game at the Wells Fargo Center.
But the offense of embedding and a balanced six did not agree to concede a fourth-straight defeat against 10th-ranked Charlotte in the Eastern Conference.
The Sixers took a narrow 58-53 lead at half time but pulled off a crushing victory with a 45-point third-quarter performance before pouring 41 points in the fourth quarter.
MBID finished with 29 points, 14 rebounds and six assists whereas Tobias Harris had 23 points, five rebounds and four assists.
Tyres Maxi added 19 points and James Harden finished with 12 points and 13 assists.
The Sixers improved to 47-30 and finished fourth in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Miles Bridges led Charlotte scoring with 20 points, PJ Washington added 14 and point guard Lamelo added 13 balls.
“It was a great game for us, coming back from a disappointing rate in Detroit,” Harris of the Sixers later said.
“It was great for us to just be able to push the pace and move forward today.”
Harris said the Sixers are determined to get off to a strong start after half-time due to recent poor performances in the third quarter.
“We haven’t had a big start to the third quarter in the last few games, so it was a force for us – we had a lot of strength in that third quarter,” he said.
The Sixers could secure a play-off spot with a win against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, who had already beaten the New York Knicks 119-101 in another preliminary game on Saturday.
The Cavaliers are seventh in the Eastern Conference on 43-35, just outside the top six automatic playoff spots.
France Media Agency
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