SIXERS STUNG BY HORNETS AND KEMBA WALKER 119-99

Nerlens Noel (above), Robert Covington and Isaiah Canaan all scored 17 points for the Sixers.

By Mary Cunningham

On the 54th anniversary of Philly’s own Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game, the Sixers as a team couldn’t reach 100 as a team

Kemba Walker had 30 points and seven rebounds, and Cody Zellerscored 15 to lead the Hornets to a 119-99 victory over the Sixers last night at the Wells.

”(Kemba’s) definitely controlling the game and coach is definitely going through him,” Charlotte guard Jeremy Lin said.

Walker has nine 30-point games this season.

Lin and Marvin Williams each added 14 points for the Hornets as they continue their climb up the Eastern Conference standings. Charlotte won for the second straight night and has won 10 of 13 overall.

The Hornets let the Sixers hang around for 2 1/2 quarters before closing the third on a 14-4 run. Courtney Lee hit a 3-pointer that sparked Charlotte, and Walker shot 4 of 9 with a 3-pointer and three free throws in the period.

”These are the type of situations we have to go through,” Walker said. ”Tonight was us being on top and closing out a game.”

The Hornets became the latest team to top 100 points against the 76ers, reaching that mark with 5:26 left. The Sixers have allowed 100-plus in nine straight games and more than 120 points four times during that span.

No wonder they are the worst team in the NBA. The Sixers have lost 10 consecutive games and 14 of 15 overall.

The only suspense came in the waning minutes when the Sixers tried to hit 100 points on the 54-year anniversary of Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game for the former-Philadelphia Warriors.

Nik Stauskas converted a three-point play with 6 seconds left, but the Sixers fell just shy.

The Hornets could start to build some separation from Atlanta, Indiana and Detroit with a heavy stretch of home games ahead. The Hornets open a seven-game homestand on Friday night where they are a sterling 20-9 this season.

”We can get some rest and try our best to take advantage of home court,” Walker said.

Frank Kaminsky raised three fingers in the air when he sank a 3-pointer in the fourth for a 94-78 lead. That started to empty what was already another sparse crowd inside the Wells Fargo Center.

Those who stayed got a small dose of Linsanity.

Still a fan favorite, Lin was cheered almost every time he touched the ball, and fans were clamoring for his autograph. Walker made 10 of 21 shots and Williams grabbed nine rebounds to help Charlotte hold a 50-38 edge on the boards.

The result was a mere formality against a Sixers team that started the season 0-18 and is making another run at the league’s futility mark.

”We’ve got to find ways to get back in it,” coach Brett Brown said. ”I think the game ends up feeling long; it is long. You’re not going to get a win unless you play long.”

 

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