NBA Game Summary - Philadelphia at Charlotte
(Tuesday, April 7th)
Final Score: Charlotte 101, Philadelphia 98
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Raymond Felton scored a career-high 32 points and Gerald Wallace poured in 29 more, as the Charlotte Bobcats kept their playoff hopes alive with a thrilling 101-98 win over the playoff-bound Philadelphia 76ers at Time Warner Cable Arena.
Wallace added 11 rebounds for the Bobcats, who snapped a three-game skid. Boris Diaw had 17 points, six boards, and six assists for the Bobcats, who have never made the postseason in franchise history.
"We got the stops when we needed it, we got the rebounds when we needed them, and we were able to finish out the game," Wallace said.
The Bobcats, who blew a 20-point lead before winning, are now just 2 1/2 games behind idle Detroit for the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference.
Charlotte has four games remaining in the regular season, all road games - at Oklahoma City, Chicago, New Jersey and Orlando.
Philadelphia was paced by Andre Miller, who ended with 23 points and seven helpers. Andre Iguodala finished with 19 points while Willie Green tallied 17 for the Sixers, who have dropped two consecutive games. Lou Williams chipped in 20 points off the bench. Theo Ratliff blocked four shots in defeat.
"They (Charlotte) played a good game. We couldn't hold them off at the end," Iguodala said.
The Sixers, who have already clinched a playoff spot, are in sixth in the East. They are a half-game behind Miami for fifth. The Heat lost to New Orleans on Tuesday.
Ahead 96-95, Iguodala hit a 17-foot jumper to put the visitors up three with 1:42 to play. Emeka Okafor made two shots from the charity stripe during the Bobcats' ensuing possession to cut the deficit to one.
Miller missed an 18-foot jumper from the corner during the Sixers' next trip down the court. Okafor pulled down the defensive board with 1:04 to go.
D.J. Augustin misfired on a three-pointer at the other end. But Okafor came up with another huge rebound and 36.8 seconds were left after a pair of Charlotte timeouts. Felton missed a 16-foot shot, but Wallace was right there for the easy putback, giving the Bobcats a 99-98 edge with 28.3 ticks remaining.
With a chance to go in front, Iguodala missed a 18-foot jumper. Okafor grabbed another key rebound. Wallace made a pair of foul shots to go ahead 101-98 with 16.2 seconds left. Iguodala and Green both missed three-pointers in the final seconds for the 76ers.
Wallace and Felton scored 12 and 10 points, respectively, in the first quarter to give the Bobcats a 28-19 lead after 12 minutes of play.
Charlotte started to pull away in the second stanza, going on a 16-4 run to start the frame. Wallace continued his stellar play, scoring eight points during the surge. His layup culminated the spurt and put the Bobcats ahead 44-24 with under eight minutes until halftime.
The Sixers slowly chipped into Charlotte's gap. Iguodala's slam with 48 ticks until the break cut the deficit to 58-49. But Felton drained a trey and drilled a 22-foot jumper to end the period, giving the Bobcats a 63-49 lead heading into the locker room.
Felton poured in 23 points in the first half, while Wallace scored 21 points to lead Charlotte. The Bobcats shot 57.9 percent from the field after 24 minutes, while holding Philadelphia to a 36.4 percent clip. Miller paced the 76ers with 14 points.
After Felton started the third with a deuce, the Sixers put together an impressive 23-8 run to cut the deficit to 73-72. Iguodala poured in eight points during the surge, including a three-pointer to end the spurt with under five minutes left.
Green, who also tallied eight points during the previous flurry, drained a trey from the corner with two minutes remaining to give the 76ers a 77-75 edge. Philadelphia took a slim 81-79 advantage into the final quarter.
The fourth stanza was a wire-to-wire battle that led to the exciting finish.
Charlotte grabbed 42 boards, while Philadelphia pulled down 34 rebounds...The Bobcats won the season series with the Sixers, 3-1...Charlotte guard Raja Bell missed the game because of a strained right calf...Okafor had 12 rebounds.
04/08 01:01:34 ET