Batum’s triple-double leads Hornets past 76ers

Nicolas Batum recorded a triple-double and the Orlando Magic defeated the Philadelphia 76ers.

PHILADELPHIA — Nicolas Batum had 19 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists for his second triple-double of the season, leading the Charlotte Hornets to a 100-85 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.

Cody Zeller added 18 points and 11 boards for Charlotte, which set a franchise record for wins in a month with its 13th victory in March.

The Hornets, who entered the game in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, also inched closer to clinching their first playoff spot in two years and just second post-season berth in the last 13 years. Charlotte hasn’t won a playoff series, though, since 2002.

The teams both have off until Friday, when they will play again in Charlotte for the fourth and final meeting of the season.

Short-handed Philadelphia, which dressed just 10 players, lost its 10th straight game and 23rd in the last 24.

Robert Covington had 18 points for Philadelphia.

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