National Basketball Association
Philadelphia 118, Charlotte 114
When: 7:00 PM ET, Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Where: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina
#54 Ray Acosta, #42 Eric Lewis, #34 Kevin Cutler
Ben Simmons scored 28 points, and JJ Redick had 27 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists as the Philadelphia 76ers earned their fifth straight victory, a 118-114 decision over the host Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday night.
Tobias Harris hit three free throws in the final 8.2 seconds, and the Hornets missed a chance to tie the game when Jeremy Lamb was off target on a drive in the lane with two seconds remaining.
The Sixers were without All-Star center Joel Embiid, who was given the night off for load management. Embiid had erupted for 40 points and 15 rebounds in the Sixers' win at Milwaukee on Sunday.
The Sixers (46-25) completed a four-game season sweep of the Hornets. Their five-game winning streak is a season high.
Jimmy Butler added 23 points for the Sixers. Harris finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds, and James Ennis III scored 14 off the bench.
The Hornets (31-39) have lost nine of their past 12.
Lamb led the Hornets with 26 points. Kemba Walker scored 21 despite sitting out the entire second quarter due to foul trouble. Frank Kaminsky scored 14, Dwayne Bacon 13, and Miles Bridges had eight points and 10 rebounds.
The Hornets gave veteran Tony Parker the night off, and center Cody Zeller missed the game because of a knee injury. The Hornets also lost Michael Kidd-Gilchrist late in the third quarter after he took a shot to the head.
The Sixers solidified their third-place standing in the Eastern Conference. The 10th-place Hornets are now three games behind the eighth-place Miami Heat for the final playoff spot.
The 76ers led 31-30 after one quarter and led by nine in the second quarter before settling for a 62-59 halftime lead. The Hornets then led 89-85 after three quarters. The Sixers took the lead for good with a 3-pointer from Butler that made it 112-109, and then Ennis hit a huge 3-pointer for a 115-111 lead with 18.6 seconds remaining.
The Sixers will return home to face the Boston Celtics on Wednesday. The Hornets, who opened a three-game homestand, will play host to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday.
--Field Level Media
Top Game Performances
Ben Simmons 28
Jeremy Lamb 26
Jimmy Butler 9
Kemba Walker 4
Tobias Harris 11
Jeremy Lamb 11
Jimmy Butler 6
||Free Throws Made
Jeremy Lamb 11
Jimmy Butler 2
Miles Bridges 2
Ben Simmons 2
Nicolas Batum 1
Team Stats Summary
Charlotte will play their next game at home against Minnesota. The Hornets have a W/L % of .312 after a win and .553 after a loss.
Philadelphia will play their next game at home against Boston. The 76ers have a W/L % of .578 after a win and .769 after a loss.