The Sixers took down the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night, and two of Philadelphia's most famous stars were there to see it.
Philly filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan and comedian Kevin Hart attended Tuesday's game at the Wells Fargo Center, where the Sixers beat the Clippers 121-110 without assistance from Joel Embiid or Jahlil Okafor, who were out with injuries. The win was the team's sixth straight home game victory, the Inquirer's Keith Pompey reports.
The evening also served as $1 pretzel night and "M. Night Shyamalan Night," which opened with the director ringing the Sixers' ceremonial Liberty Bell. Shyamalan's daughter, Saleka Shyamalan, also belted out a rendition of the National Anthem before tipoff:
Hart trusted the process courtside, where he appeared to be pleased with the team's performance based on a Facebook video posted by Bleacher Report:
"Right now, it's a good time to be in Philadelphia," Hart told CSN's Molly Sullivan during the TV broadcast. "It's a good time to be a Sixers fan. They're playing good basketball right now. You know what? I think it's a breath of fresh air."
Hart's attendance at the game coincides with the filming of Untouchable, which is scheduled to begin filming here in Philadelphia. The film, which stars Hart alongside Bryan Cranston, is a remake of the 2011 hit French movie, The Intouchables, about a paralyzed man (Cranston) who befriends his caretaker (Hart).
Shyamalan's appearance follows the debut of Split, which debuted at number one over the weekend with $40.2 million in ticket sales, according to reports. The James McAvoy-starring flick centers around the story of a man with 24 personalities, and was filmed in the Philadelphia area for less than $10 million.
The director reportedly is already thinking about the followup to Split, which he recently told Uproxx will likely be a sequel to the 2000 film Unbreakable. Split (SPOILER ALERT) contains a significant reference to Unbreakable as part of its twist ending. Shyamalan told Uproxx that he hopes involve "all the characters" from both films in the Unbreakable sequel.
The Sixers will next face off against Milwaukee Bucks at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee. The team returns home on Friday for a game against the Houston Rockets that will be aired nationally on ESPN.