By Ben Sullivan
Sixers fans got a glimpse of the future last night in the team’s preseason home opener.
And their anticipation about this new season may be paying off.
Nerlens Noel had 10 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots as the Sixers beat the Charlotte Hornets 106-92.
Noel was acquired in a 2013 draft night trade with New Orleans for All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday. He played 31 minutes in his second game after he missed last season with a torn ACL.
Philly had six players score in double figures. Tony Wroten had 15 points and Casper Ware finished with 14.
Gary Neal led the Hornets with 14 points in their first preseason game. Newly acquired Lance Stephenson and Kemba Walker each had 13, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 11.
There was quite a bit of sloppy play, but Ware dazzled the sparse crowd with a 65-footer at the third-quarter buzzer, giving the Sixers an 84-68 lead.
Both teams were missing key players. Charlotte held out guard Gerald Henderson with a right hamstring strain, and Sixers guard Michael Carter-Williams, the reigning NBA Rookie of the Year, sat out with soreness in his surgically repaired right shoulder.
Sixers forward Hollis Thompson left in the first quarter with a corneal abrasion in his left eye.
Brandon Davies had 13 points for the Sixers, who lost 98-78 at Boston in their preseason opener on Monday night. Elliot Williams scored 12 points, and Alexey Shved finished with 11.