NBA Game Summary - Philadelphia at Charlotte|
(Saturday, April 12th)
Final Score: Charlotte 111, Philadelphia 105
Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Al Jefferson scored 29 points with 12
rebounds to lead the Charlotte Bobcats to a 111-105 win over the Philadelphia
76ers on Saturday.
Playing without Kemba Walker because of a sore groin, Charlotte relied on a
collective effort to dispatch one of the NBA's worst teams. Gerald Henderson
netted 14 points, while Luke Ridnour, Chris Douglas-Roberts and Cody Zeller
each had 12 for the Bobcats.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Gary Neal added 10-apiece in the win.
"It's a win," said Jefferson. "It was one of those tough games in the NBA
playing a team that didn't have anything to lose. We found a way to win so I
guess that's the positive thing about it."
Charlotte remains one game behind Washington for the No. 6 seed in the Eastern
Conference with two games for each team remaining.
Michael Carter-Williams registered 23 points with eight assists and seven
rebounds for Philadelphia, which lost for the fourth straight time. Thaddeus
Young finished with 16 points and Henry Sims added 15 points and six rebounds
in the setback.
"I thought that the energy in the first half was great," said Sixers coach
Brett Brown. "We blinked a little in the third period and found a way to get
back in it in the fourth after being down by the (16-point) margin."
Jefferson scored six points in the opening stages of the first quarter as the
Bobcats grabbed a 12-5 lead early on. He finished the frame with 14 points and
Charlotte led, 26-24, after two.
Philadelphia jumped out with eight straight points to begin the second. Elliot
Williams followed a Casper Ware 3-pointer with a trey of his own before
slamming one home to give the Sixers a 32-26 edge.
The game was knotted at 56-apiece late in the quarter when James Anderson hit
a 3 with 3.7 seconds left to give the Sixers a 59-56 lead at the break.
A 10-2 Charlotte run early in the third gave the Bobcats a 66-63 lead. Later
in the quarter, Charlotte scored nine straight points, with Douglas-Roberts'
trey pushing the spread to 85-74 with 2:20 left.
The Bobcats led by nine after three quarters and quickly stretched the lead to
16, 99-83, after four makes at the free throw line from Zeller less than
three minutes into the final period.
Philadelphia chipped away at the deficit and Young's jumper made it a five-
point game at the four-minute mark. Young then nailed a stepback jumper with
just under two minutes left to cut it to four, 105-101, but Henderson answered
with a layup and Charlotte held on for the win.
Charlotte shot 39-for-72 (54.2 percent) from the field ... Philadelphia scored
20 points off of 15 Charlotte turnovers ... There were 12 lead changes and
04/12 23:42:16 ET