By Jerry Wein
Terry Rozier scored nine of his 22 points in the final 5 minutes as the Charlotte Hornets rallied past the fatigued Sixers 107-101.
The Sixers played without three starters — Joel Embiid, James Harden and Tyrese Maxey — but got strong efforts from Shake Milton, De’Anthony Melton, Montrezl Harrell and Tobias Harris.
Milton had 22 points, Melton 20, Harris 19 and Harrell 16 for Philadelphia. Harrell was playing in Charlotte for the first time since that franchise allowed him to leave via free agency last summer.
The Sixers were coming off a home win Tuesday night over Brooklyn.
“I thought we played great,” Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers said. “Honestly, I think we ran out of gas. I didn’t see a negative thing we can say in this game.
“Honest to God, I thought we played hard. I mean in the first quarter we had 33 points. From then on, we missed a lot of makeable shots, which you’ll live with.”
P.J. Washington finished with 19 points, Kelly Oubre scored 14 and Nick Richards had 13 points and 13 rebounds for Charlotte.