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Hornets wrapup: Monday’s road game at Philadelphia

By Richard Walker

Notes and observations from Monday’s 118-102 Charlotte Hornets road loss to the Philadelphia 76ers dropped the team to 2-5 overall:

… A 10-1 surge that began late in the first quarter until 7:54 remained in the first half gave Charlotte a game-high 36-31 lead. But the 76ers responded with a 27-7 surge to end the first half – and the Hornets got no closer than nine the rest of the way – as Philadelphia beat Charlotte for the 13th straight time.

… Charlotte head coach James Borrego said he’ll scout film until the team’s next game on Wednesday in order to “digest it a little more and make some tweaks,” he said. “I’m don’t have an answer for (starting) lineup or who’s going to be in the rotation. We’ve just got to be a lot better.”

… Devonte’ Graham hit five 3-pointers in 11 attempts in the loss, which was a marked improvement on the 12 of 42 3-pointers he had converted in the first six games. “The teammates and everybody kept telling me to keep shooting the ball,” Graham said. “It definitely felt good to see some shots go in.”

… Facing a team like the 76ers with Joel Embiid as starting center and Dwight Howard as backup created a challenge that exposed the Hornets without injured starting center Cody Zeller. “Philly is a big, physical team,” Borrego said. “Obviously being without Zeller is affecting us.”

… Tobias Harris (24 points), Danny Green (21) and Seth Curry (20) led Philadelphia offensively on Monday. All three have local connections; Harris was the 19th overall pick of the Charlotte Hornets in 2011 before being sent to Milwaukee in a draft night trade, Green played for the University of North Carolina and helped the Tar Heels to the 2009 NCAA title and Curry is a Charlottean who played at Duke and is the son of Hornets’ TV analyst and former Hornets star Dell Curry.

… Malik Monk made his 2020-21 season debut when he entered to start the fourth quarter. Out virtually all of training camp after testing positive for COVID-19, Monk missed his only field goal attempt (a 3-pointer), converted one of two free throws and had three assists and one turnover in 10 minutes of action.

What’s next: Charlotte visits Atlanta on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
It’s the first game the Hornets have played against a Southeast Division rival; Atlanta swept Charlotte in two games last season after the Hornets had won 10 of 12 games in matchups between the two teams in the previous three seasons.