NBA Game Summary - Philadelphia at Charlotte
(Wednesday, February 8th)
Final Score: Charlotte 100, Philadelphia 92
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Melvin Ely paced a balanced Charlotte attack with 19 points and 10 rebounds as the Bobcats bested Philadelphia 100-92.
"What they did tonight was make shots," Bobcats coach Bernie Bickerstaff said of his team. "I think it's significant that they would hang in there and not surrender because that was a concern of a lot of people."
Rookie Raymond Felton added 15 points before leaving the game with a sprained ankle for the Bobcats, who won a third straight game for the first time in franchise history. Former Sixer Jumaine Jones recorded a double-double with 14 points and 14 boards while Brevin Knight had 13 points and dished out 14 assists in the win.
Kareem Rush (13), Primoz Brezec (12) and Bernard Robinson (12) also reached double figures for Charlotte.
Allen Iverson and Kyle Korver each paced the Sixers, who lost their second straight and for the fourth time in their past five outings, with 20 points. Iverson, who had scored at least 30 points in his last seven outings, was held to just one point in the fourth quarter.
"I have been on teams in the past where team play has gotten us over the hump offensively," Iverson said. "When you get easy buckets that makes it tough on the other team defensively. In the second half we just didn't play team ball."
Chris Webber added 17 points and 12 boards in the loss while Samuel Dalembert had 14 points and five blocks.
After a torrid first half in which they shot 63.4 percent from the field, the Sixers took a 12-point lead into the second half but the team's lack of focus and consistency, and woeful defense down the stretch spelled doom.
With the game deadlocked at 86 with 5:16 left, Charlotte used a 9-0 run to secure the victory.
Rush started the streak with a triple. Ely followed with a hook over Dalembert and Brezec finished the burst with a pair of jumpers to make things 95-86 with only 2:12 left on the clock.
Philadelphia never seriously threatened the rest of the way.
"They outrebounded us and they basically outhustled us," Sixers coach Maurice Cheeks said. "They had 18 offensive rebounds and you can't win that way."
The Bobcats took a slim 31-29 lead after the first 12 minutes but the Sixers' hot shooting enabled them to take a 61-49 edge into the half.
Korver came off the bench to pace the Sixers with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including 3-of-4 from long distance. Jones, a former Sixer, led the Bobcats with 13 at intermission.
Andre Iguodala had 10 points for the Sixers...The Sixers were outscored 51-31 in the second half...Charlotte is now 11-7 when they score 100 points...The Bobcats are now 10-15 at home this season. Philadelphia, which will close a brief two-game road trip against the Washington Wizards on Sunday, is 9-14 away from home this season.
02/09 00:03:13 ET