At the start of the fourth quarter of the Hornets-Sixers game on Friday night, rookie Frank Kaminsky got his “Welcome to the NBA” moment courtesy of Philly’s second-year swingman Jerami Grant, who put him on a poster with this monster one-handed tomahawk slam. Grant had 12 points, five rebounds, a steal and a block for the game.
Kaminsky and the Hornets, however, would get the last laugh as they ran the lowly Sixers out of the building with a 113-88 blowout win. Kaminsky had just nine points on the night, but scored seven straight for Charlotte at one interval in the second half to help keep the game out of reach.
Philadelphia is now 0-13 to start the season. Stretching back to last spring, they’ve lost 23 straight games and are stumbling toward the NBA record for most consecutive losses (26), which is a record they currently hold.
Charlotte had five players in double figures scoring, led by Al Jefferson who had 26 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks, while Kemba Walker added 20 points, seven assists, and three steals. Nerlens Noel was the high scorer for Philadelphia with 16 points and nine rebounds on a wildly-efficient 7-of-9 shooting from the field. Nik Stauskas chipped in 15 points.
The 76ers will travel to Miami to play the Heat in the second of their back-to-back games on Saturday night, while the Hornets have a few days off before their next home game against the Sacramento Kings on Monday.