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.
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
"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
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
"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."
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