That dreaded moment when you finally have time to watch a basketball game and realize ESPN is showing the Philadelphia 76ers vs. the New Orleans Hornets. Those that tuned in saw a franchise-low point total in a 77-62 loss for New Orleans.
The Hornets held a 37-36 lead at the half, but they scored just 10 points in the third quarter under an attacking 76er defense. New Orleans committed 14 second-half turnovers to go along with 10 in the first half.
Al-Farouq Aminu led the Hornets with 10 points and secured a career-high 16 rebounds.
Philadelphia had key contributions from Jrue Holiday. He scored 14 points and added 12 assists but was 0-of-3 from outside the arc.
The win ended a two-game losing streak to the New York Nets.
Player of the Game: Thaddeus Young, SF, Philadelphia
As tempting as it is to select Holiday, Young finished his night on 6-of-8 shooting while Holiday was 6-of-14. Both players had a double-double.
Young added 10 rebounds, including a few key grabs, as Philly opened up a lead in the third quarter.
Evan Turner also had a nice game, scoring 14 points and grabbing eight rebounds.
Up Next for the 76ers
Philadelphia visits the Boston Celtics (2-2) on Friday. They escaped with an overtime win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.
Boston isn't playing to their potential at this point. After their game, head coach Doc Rivers made a sarcastic comment about his team's lack of execution (per ESPN.com):
"Because we executed so well, we thought we'd give 'em the night off. Well, we won the game. Right now, that's the type of team we are. We're not playing great."
Up Next for the Hornets
New Orleans has the final game of a mini two-game home stand on Friday against the Charlotte Bobcats (1-2). They will try to get back on track after having their two-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday.
The Bobcats dropped a close game on Wednesday, as Shannon Brown hit six three-point shots in the fourth quarter.