Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/24

Game 1: Monday, November 24th
Game 2: Friday, January 9th
Game 3: Friday, March 27th
Game 4: Tuesday, April 7th

Bobcats 100

(32-40, 12-23 away)

76ers 95

(37-34, 21-15 home)

    Coverage: CSN

    7:00 PM ET, March 27, 2009

    Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHA 29 21 23 27100
    PHI 23 10 27 3595

    Top Performers

    Cha: B. Diaw 24 Pts, 1 Reb, 6 Ast

    Phi: T. Young 21 Pts, 7 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl

    Diaw scores 24 as Bobcats run by Sixers 

    Associated Press

    PHILADELPHIA -- Desperate to remain in playoff contention, Boris Diaw and the Charlotte Bobcats came up big against the Philadelphia 76ers.

    Diaw scored 24 points and Ray Felton added 20 points for the Bobcats, who won 100-95 on Friday night and moved within 2 1/2 games of idle Detroit for the eighth playoff seed in the Eastern Conference.

    "We did a tremendous job in the first half," Bobcats coach Larry Brown said. "The rebounding and shooting is what kept is in it. We did a great job on the boards. Winning on the road, against a quality team, is a real good win for us."

    The Sixers, who have been outrebounded by 10 in four of the last 21 games, were led by Andre Iguodala with 25 points.

    "They played desperate," 76ers coach Tony DiLeo said of the Bobcats. "They did a heck of a job tonight and are trying to get into that last spot."

    The Sixers made a late charge and pulled to within three with less than a minute left to play in the game. But after a miss by Charlotte's Raja Bell went out of bounds off of Philadelphia's Reggie Evans, Felton drove for a layup to give the Bobcats a 100-95 lead with 7.9 seconds left.

    "We were up by [19] then let them back in it," Diaw said. "But we held on, and that was huge. We're a young team, with a lot of potential. We've got to learn how to make plays down the stretch. It's a matter of winning games, so tonight was a big win for us."

    The Bobcats, who won for the first time in five road games, shot 51.4 percent in the first half to take a 50-33 lead into the break. Meanwhile, the Sixers struggled to find any offensive rhythm as they shot just 36 percent in the first half and were outrebounded 27-12. For the game, Charlotte held a 41-23 advantage in rebounds.

    "We were fortunate," Brown said. "We got a lead and then forgot how we got it. [Felton] got real tentative, but then made a real good play at the end of the game."

    The Sixers missed an opportunity to stay ahead of Miami for the fifth playoff spot in the East.

    "That's the same team we expected," Iguodala said. "That's a Larry Brown team. They played hard the entire game and that's what you expect."

    Game notes

    Sixers center Samuel Dalembert missed the morning shootaround with flulike symptoms. Dalembert was limited to 22 minutes, scoring just four points despite getting the start. ... The 10 second-quarter points scored by the Sixers were a season low for that quarter. Their lowest quarter output was eight in the fourth quarter against New Jersey on Jan. 31 at the Wachovia Center in an 85-83 loss.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 100 95
    FGM-FGA 37-72 (.514) 32-69 (.464)
    3PM-3PA 6-18 (.333) 4-13 (.308)
    FTM-FTA 20-29 (.690) 27-33 (.818)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-41 7-23
    Assists 21 14
    Turnovers 20 14
    Steals 8 11
    Blocks 3 3
    Fast Break Points 5 19
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (1/0) 24 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 19 4

    Top Performers

    Boris Diaw Diaw
    Points: 24
    Reb: 1
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Thaddeus Young Young
    Points: 21
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0