Wire-to-Wire Win Gives Sixers First Three-Game Winning Streak in Three Years

Sixers center Joel Embiid blocks Cody Zeller at the rim | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Sixers center Joel Embiid blocks Cody Zeller at the rim | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers picked up their 12th win of the season Friday night, this one a 102-93 victory over visiting Charlotte Hornets in front of an increasingly rabid 18,215 fans in South Philadelphia.

It is the fifth victory Brett Brown’s team has picked up in their last six games. The Sixers never trailed in this one.

The Sixers were led, once again, by Joel Embiid, who dominated both ends of the court on his way to 24 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 2 steals, with the Sixers outscoring the Hornets by 23 points while he was on the court.

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Sixers vs Hornets: Slowing Down Kemba Walker Critical to Continue Winning Ways

The Sixers will take on Kemba Walker and the Charlotte Hornets tonight at the Wells Fargo Center | Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

The Sixers will take on Kemba Walker and the Charlotte Hornets tonight at the Wells Fargo Center | Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

The Sixers will look to continue their winning ways tonight when they take on the visiting Charlotte Hornets at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Sixers are riding high, winners in four of their last five games, the most recent being a thrilling 98-97 victory over the New York Knicks, a game which saw the team finish on a 15-4 run, culminating in a basket by T.J. McConnell as time expired for the win.

The schedule gets significantly more difficult starting tonight, with the Charlotte Hornets (20-19) in town. The Hornets have been struggling of late, dropping five of their last six games, albeit against strong competition (Cavs, Thunder, Spurs, Rockets), and slowed down by injuries to Cody Zeller and Nicolas Batum, both of whom should be back tonight.

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T.J. McConnell’s Buzzer Beater Lifts Sixers over Knicks in Last Second Win

Sixers center Joel Embiid celebrates with T.J. McConnell after McConnell's game-winning shot gave the Sixers a 98-98 victory | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Sixers center Joel Embiid celebrates with T.J. McConnell after McConnell’s game-winning shot gave the Sixers a 98-98 victory | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers continued their winning ways, defeating the New York Knicks 98-97 Wednesday night on a buzzer beater by T.J. McConnell.

The Sixers were in position to win the game after coming all the way back from a 10 point deficit with 2:29 remaining. The comeback was led by rookie center Joel Embiid, who scored 8 of his team-high 21 points in the final 2+ minutes of play, not to mention numerous defensive stops on the other end of the court fueled by Embiid’s commanding presence.

Still, after Gerald Hendreson (12 points, 5-10 shooting) made a pair of free throws with 27.8 seconds remaining, the Knicks had the ball with the chance to extend their 1-point lead, but second year Latvian phenom Kristaps Porzingis missed a wide open three-point shot in the corner.

That set up a frantic final 5.8 seconds of play, with Gerald Henderson grabbing a floor board, eventually leading to T.J. McConnell’s baseline jumper as time expired to win the game.

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Want to Meet Charles Barkley? Go to the City Avenue Target

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Cory Goldman with his son, Eli, and Charles Barkley at the City Ave. Target.

Cory Goldman was shopping at the City Avenue Target with his wife, Jen, and their 5-month-old son, Eli, when he saw someone he knew in the pharmacy department: Charles Barkley.

He didn’t want to approach the Hall of Fame basketball player, but when they ended up directly behind Barkley in the checkout line, Jen decided she wanted a photo of her son with Barkley. Sir Charles said he’d take a photo, and Cory ended up jumping into the picture, too.

“He was the nicest!” says Jen Rosenstock Goldman, a Philadelphia public school teacher when she’s not chatting up Sixers legends. “He was talking to an older woman in front of him about her grandson playing ball. He was just a normal guy buying toothpaste and Diet Coke.”

And the Goldmans weren’t the only ones to see Barkley in the City Avenue Target. A scan of social media shows that if you want to meet Charles Barkley, you might as well just camp out there. Read more »

76ers to Sign Chasson Randle to 10-Day Contract

The Philadelphia 76ers will sign Chasson Randle to a 10-day contract | Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers will sign Chasson Randle to a 10-day contract | Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers will sign former Stanford guard Chasson Randle to a 10-day contract, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The news was first reported by Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports’ The Vertical.

The Sixers had an available roster spot because of the decision to waive Hollis Thompson last week.

Randle was a four-year starter at Stanford, where the Cardinals compiled a 92-52 record during his college career. Randle averaged 19.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game as a senior, shooting 36.3 percent from three-point range on nearly 7 attempts per game. He shot 38.6 percent on 787 three-point attempts over the course of his four-year college career.

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Sixers Match Last Year’s Win Total With 105-95 Victory Over Nets

The Sixers defeated the Brooklyn Nets 105-95 Sunday afternoon at the Barclays Center, matching their win total from last season | Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports

The Sixers defeated the Brooklyn Nets 105-95 Sunday afternoon at the Barclays Center, matching their win total from last season | Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers overcame a sluggish start to defeat the Brooklyn Nets by a score of 105-95 Sunday afternoon at the Barclays Center.

The Nets, who ranked 30th in the league in offensive efficiency heading into the game, took a 57-46 lead into halftime thanks to a 30-point second quarter, a game which had all the makings of a sluggish afternoon effort from Brett Brown‘s Sixers squad. The Nets were led by 18 first-half points from center Brook Lopez as they built their lead.

The Sixers came roaring back in the second half, scoring the first 13 points of the third quarter, taking their first lead of the game, at 59-57, on a Joel Embiid baseline jumper. Embiid scored 6 of the Sixers’ 13 points during that momentum-changing run.

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Celtics 110, Sixers 106: Violence at the Rim Foiled By Celtics Three Point Shooting

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Sixers point guard T.J. McConnell dished out a career-high 17 assists in the Sixers 110-106 loss to the Celtics | Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

It took 924 days, but Philadelphia 76ers fans finally saw the violence at the rim that they were promised when former general manager Sam Hinkie selected Joel Embiid 3rd overall in the 2014 draft, joining Nerlens Noel (6th overall in 2013) as the core of his young frontcourt.

But injuries got in the way. The expected recovery time for Embiid’s fractured navicular bone wiped away the 2014-15 season, then the 2015-16 season was lost to the unexpected second surgery Embiid required on the same injury. The pairing was further delayed by Noel’s surgery during training camp to address an inflamed plica, then delayed once more due to Brett Brown‘s desire to experiment with lineups that included Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor together.

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76ers Waive Shooting Guard Hollis Thompson

The Sixers will pick up the team option for 2016-17 on Hollis Thompson's contract, according to multiple sources | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The 76ers will waive fourth-year forward Hollis Thompson, according to a league source. | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers have decided to part ways with shooting guard Hollis Thompson, according to a league source.

Thompson is in the final year of a four-year contract signed in the summer of 2013. The 2016-17 season would have become fully guaranteed if he did not clear waivers by January 10th.

Thompson, a career 38.9 percent three-point shooter, is averaging 5.5 points and 2.7 rebounds in 18.1 minutes per game with the 76ers this season, the lowest amount of playing time he’s received over his four-year career. His playing time has been cut as a result of the offseason signing of veteran Gerald Henderson, as well as the recent emergence of rookie Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot.

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Joel Embiid’s 25 Points Lead Sixers to 93-91 Victory Over Wolves

Joel Embiid led the Sixers with 25 points in their 93-91 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Joel Embiid led the Sixers with 25 points in their 93-91 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Led by 25 points from rookie big man Joel Embiid the Sixers held on for a 93-91 victory over the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves for their 9th win of the season.

The Sixers didn’t pick up their 9th win until March 11th last season.

In many ways, the game was a microcosm of the the Sixers’ season, with the flashes of dominance from Joel Embiid that showcased his seemingly inevitable rise to NBA superstardom, mixed in with a combination of youth, roster imbalance, and deficient perimeter talent that let the Wolves back into a game they had no right clawing their way back into.

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Sixers vs Wolves Preview: The Rematch of NBA Unicorns

The Sixers will look to slow down Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight at the Wells Fargo Center | Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

The Sixers will look to slow down Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight at the Wells Fargo Center | Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Just about a year ago today, Kevin Durant described New York big man Kristaps Porzingis as a unicorn for his rare combination of skills.

Since then, unicorn has entered regular NBA parlance, with Bill Simmons writing an article for The Ringer in an attempt to find the most unicorny of all the unicorns in existence. His list came down to 5 names: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kristaps Porzingis, Anthony Davis, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Joel Embiid.

Tonight’s Sixers vs Wolves matchup at the Wells Fargo Center will feature two such unicorns, as Joel Embiid and Karl-Anthony Towns will do battle for the second time this season. The first matchup, a 110-86 Minnesota victory in mid-November on national television, didn’t go so well for the hometown team, and Embiid and the Sixers will look to atone for that poor showing tonight in South Philadelphia.

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