Embiid, Sixers swat Hornets

There is simply no stopping Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers from posting their seventh straight win after a 121-82 demolition of the Charlotte Hornets. | BROCK WILLIAMS-SMITH/agence france-presse

LOS ANGELES (AFP) — Joel Embiid maintained his dominant scoring streak as the Philadelphia 76ers extended their winning streak to seven games with a 121-82 thrashing of the Charlotte Hornets on Friday.

Embiid, one of the front-runners for the National Basketball Association’s Most Valuable Player award, rattled in another 38 points during a one-sided road victory.

The Sixers star is averaging 35 points a game in March and has not scored fewer than 31 in eight games this month.

Embiid’s latest tally came on 16-of-21 shooting, with 13 rebounds and five assists.

“Home or road, it doesn’t matter,” Embiid said afterward. “We know what it takes offensively and defensively, everybody doing their job… tonight we did it as a team.”

James Harden had a rare off-night with only 11 points after shooting 4-of-15 from the field, but the Sixers still had far too much firepower and defensive savvy for a Charlotte team that is second from the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

Tobias Harris added 18 points while Tyrese Maxey chipped in with 13.

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