Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 3)

Series starts 1/19

Game 1: Wednesday, January 19th
Game 2: Friday, March 11th
Game 3: Wednesday, April 6th

Bobcats 80

(12-47, 2-28 away)

76ers 112

(30-32, 17-13 home)

Coverage: CSN

7:00 PM ET, March 11, 2005

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

1 2 3 4 T
CHA 20 19 20 2180
PHI 20 37 34 21112

Top Performers

Cha: E. Okafor 17 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

Phi: A. Iverson 25 Pts, 12 Ast, 4 Stl

Iverson, C-Webb get in sync

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- After playing one of their worst games of the season in a 21-point loss to Golden State, the Philadelphia 76ers found the perfect antidote Friday -- a home game against the expansion Charlotte Bobcats.

Allen Iverson had 25 points and 12 assists and Kyle Korver added 17 points, leading the Sixers past the Bobcats 112-80.

Iverson shot 8-of-18 from the field and 9-of-10 from the free throw line as the Sixers snapped a two-game losing streak. Iverson had only four turnovers after committing 12 in the loss to Golden State.

"After losing two games, I didn't care who it was to take out our frustration on," Iverson said. "It just happened to be the Bobcats. We just needed a win."

Chris Webber played one of his best games for the Sixers, contributing 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists. The Sixers improved to 4-4 since acquiring Webber in a six-player trade from Sacramento on Feb. 23.

"I knew I'd be asked about me and Chris jelling," Iverson said. "If we lose the next game, people will say we can't play together. It's something me and him are going to have to deal with. As long as we believe in each other, we'll get it done."

The unhappy Sixers fans booed Webber constantly in the loss to Golden State.

Against the Bobcats, he received nothing but praise.

"I don't worry about that," Webber said. "I've been booed before and I'll be booed again. I'm just trying to work hard every day with my new team. Me and Allen are working every day to get to know each other better."

Samuel Dalembert added 15 for the Sixers, who led 91-59 after three quarters en route to their largest margin of victory this season.

"It's amazing what a little bit of rest and practice can do for you," Sixers coach Jim O'Brien said. "We played six games in eight days and were beat up.

"We had a lot of energy right from the start."

The Sixers extended their lead to 34 on a layup by Marc Jackson with 11:28 remaining in regulation. The Bobcats struggled offensively, shooting 40 percent from the field. They also hit just eight of 16 free throws while dropping their fifth straight game.

"We ran into a wounded tiger tonight," Bobcats coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "They played with a purpose, like they had something to prove."

Emeka Okafor led Charlotte with 17 points and eight rebounds, Malik Allen added 12 points and Jason Hart and Jason Kapono had 10 points each for the Bobcats.

Game notes

Bobcats starting point guard Brevin Knight was a late scratch with a sprained ankle. ... Sixers reserve guard Aaron McKie did not play after suffering a broken right pinky finger in practice Thursday. ... Bobcats coach Bernie Bickerstaff said the franchise's inaugural season has been a success despite its 12-47 record. "We're putting guys on the front line who have never been on the front line before," Bickerstaff said. "They don't hang their heads. They come in always to work hard and know they'll get better."

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 80 112
FGM-FGA 35-87 (.402) 41-86 (.477)
3PM-3PA 2-9 (.222) 7-19 (.368)
FTM-FTA 8-16 (.500) 23-27 (.852)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-50 7-41
Assists 19 29
Turnovers 23 11
Steals 6 14
Blocks 3 9
Fast Break Points 8 19
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (1/0) 13 (2/0)
Largest Lead 2 35

Top Performers

Emeka Okafor Okafor
Points: 17
Reb: 8
Ast: 1
Stl: 1
Blk: 1
Allen Iverson Iverson
Points: 25
Reb: 0
Ast: 12
Stl: 4
Blk: 0