The Charlotte Hornets moved to 7-6 after defeating the winless Philadelphia 76ers, 113-88, Friday night at Time Warner Cable Arena. The win marks the first time the team has been over .500 since its opening night victory last season against the Milwaukee Bucks
The Hornets moved to 5-1 at home this season. Charlotte leads the Eastern Conference with 108.7 points per game in home games.
Charlotte led the Sixers by as many as 26 points Friday night. Philadelphia was outscored at the end of each quarter by a at least 10 points with the exception of the third frame; the Sixers outscored Charlotte, 29-23.
Al Jefferson scored a team-high 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds en rout to his first double-double of the season. The Hornets are 4-0 this season when Jefferson scores at least 18 points.
Jeremy Lin earned his first start of the season as Cody Zeller was held out of the contest with an ankle injury. Lin tallied nine points, two assists and three rebounds in 29 minutes of action.
Jeremy Lamb scored in double figures for the eighth time in the last 10 games off the bench for Charlotte. Lamb tallied 13 points, three rebounds and two assists in 30 minutes.
Rookie Frank Kaminsky was perfect from the field on Saturday, scoring nine points on 4-of-4 shooting.
Nerlens Noel led Philadelphia with 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting off the bench. Rookie Jahil Okafor tallied 10 points and grabbed seven boards.
Philadelphia finished with an advantage on the boards, 42-41, and points in the paint, 42-40. Charlotte once again capitalized on its ability to hit from beyond the arc as the team hit 48 percent (12-of-25) of its three-point attempts. Philadelphia shot 30 percent (8-of-26) from deep.
Charlotte will host Sacramento Monday at 7 p.m. from Time Warner Cable Arena.