CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Terry Rozier scored nine of his 22 points in the last 5 minutes as the Charlotte Hornets edged past the Philadelphia 76ers 107-101 in a matchup of injury-stricken teams Wednesday night.

Charlotte, 13 points behind in the first half, won for only the second time in 13 games, ending a three-game slip.

Hornets coach Steve Clifford said Rozier carried a heavy burden due to injuries to starting supervisor LaMelo Ball and others.

“He just doesn’t get a lot of easy shots because of the current situation,” said Clifford. “He plays huge minutes and has a lot of responsibility. But he took over there in the fourth quarter.”

Philadelphia played without three starters – Joel Embiid, James Harden and Tyrese Maxey – but got strong efforts from Shake Milton, De’Anthony Melton, Montrezl Harrell and Tobias Harris.

Milton had 22 points, Melton 20, Harris 19 and Harrell 16 for Philadelphia. Harrell was starring in Charlotte for the first time since that franchise allowed him to go through free agency last summer.

The Sixers earned a home win over Brooklyn on Tuesday night.

“I thought we played great,” said Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers. “Honestly, I think we ran out of gas. I didn’t see anything negative that we can say in this game.

“Honest to God I thought we played hard. I mean, in the first quarter we had 33 points. From there we missed a lot of doable shots that you’ll live with.”

PJ Washington finished with 19 points, Kelly Oubre had 14, and Nick Richards had 13 points and 13 rebounds for Charlotte.

Rozier’s 3-pointer late in the first half drew Charlotte to 54-53 at the break.

With Charlotte leading by as much as five points in the third quarter, the Hornets took advantage of Rozier’s late breakout to pull away.

Rozier’s 15-footer with 4:46 remaining gave the Hornets a 93-84 lead. The 76ers came out 99-97, but Rozier hit another jumper with 1:35 left to give Charlotte a four-lead.

The Hornets were missing ball and top reserve Cody Martin, and guard Dennis Smith Jr. lost in the second quarter to a left ankle sprain.

“That’s what we’re looking at right now,” said Rozier, who is one of three Hornets starters to miss games with injuries. “Unfortunately we have to deal with a lot of injuries. Dennis fell again. It’s hard to see, but you can’t control something like that.

“I just want to do my best and whatever the coach asks of me.”

76ers: South Carolina women’s coach Dawn Staley is a Philadelphia native and attended the game in a 76ers sweatshirt. The top-ranked Gamecocks won their second national title under Staley last spring.

Hornets: The team held a minute’s silence prior to Wednesday’s tip to commemorate WBTV’s meteorologist Jason Myers and pilot Chip Tayag, who were killed Tuesday in a helicopter crash off Interstate 77 in Charlotte.

76ers: Visit Orlando on Friday.

Hornets: host Minnesota on Friday.

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