Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/4

Game 1: Friday, November 4th
Game 2: Friday, December 9th
Game 3: Wednesday, February 8th
Game 4: Wednesday, April 19th

76ers 92

(24-25, 9-14 away)

Bobcats 100

(14-36, 10-15 home)

    Coverage: NE14

    7:30 PM ET, February 8, 2006

    Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC

    1 2 3 4 T
    PHI 29 32 17 1492
    CHA 31 18 27 24100

    Top Performers

    Phi: S. Dalembert 14 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 5 Blk

    Cha: B. Knight 13 Pts, 6 Reb, 14 Ast, 2 Stl

    Bobcats top Sixers for first-ever three-game streak

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- With three straight wins, the Charlotte Bobcats suddenly have their longest winning streak in franchise history.

    If there were any thoughts of celebrating, coach Bernie Bickerstaff put a quick end to them.

    Melvin Ely scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half Wednesday night to help the Bobcats rally past the Philadelphia 76ers 100-92. As soon as the game ended, the public address announcer congratulated the team on its winning streak, much to Bickerstaff's dismay.

    "We even announced it," he bemoaned. "You've got to act like you expect to win. I think they need to leave (the streak) alone."

    The mood was tempered anyway by Charlotte's latest injury.

    Rookie guard Raymond Felton sprained his right ankle in the fourth quarter when Michael Bradley rolled on the back of his leg.

    Felton, the only Bobcats player to appear in every game this season, had to be carried off the court. If it's serious, he'll join leading scorer Gerald Wallace and leading rebounder Emeka Okafor on an injury list that has been devastating to the Bobcats this season.

    "They say the X-rays are negative," Bickerstaff said. "But every ... X-ray we've taken has been negative and all the guys have been out."

    The Bobcats, who snapped their team-record 13-game losing streak by beating the Los Angeles Lakers and then the Seattle SuperSonics, made it three in a row by coming back from 13 points down with stifling second-half defense.

    Philadelphia, which shot 63 percent in the first half, struggled after the break. The Sixers were held to 31 points in the second half and went 5-for-19 in the fourth quarter.

    "We didn't drive the ball like we did in the first half," Philadelphia coach Maurice Cheeks said. "We shot all jump shots and that allowed them back in the game and eventually win the game because we didn't continue doing the things we were doing."

    Seven Bobcats scored in double figures, including Felton, who had 15 points before leaving with 11:03 to go. Jumaine Jones had 14 points and 14 rebounds, Kareem Rush had 13 points and Brevin Knight had 13 points and 14 assists.

    Primoz Brezec and Bernard Robinson each finished with 12 points.

    "Tonight was a big win, hopefully we can continue to push forward and finish this first half off well," Rush said. "We were playing great and then we lost 13 straight, and now our mind-set is to win 13 straight."

    Allen Iverson and Kyle Korver led Philadelphia with 20 points apiece. Chris Webber had 17 points and 12 rebounds, then kicked a trash can on his way off the court, scattering garbage everywhere.

    "In the first half, that was basketball," Webber said. "I don't know what happened. I just don't understand it. Coach has been preaching consistency all year. I'm really at a loss for words."

    The Sixers led 61-49 at halftime, but Charlotte got a big third quarter from Ely, who had 11 points and six rebounds in the period to get the Bobcats back in the game. He first rallied them with a free throw and consecutive hook shots to cut Philadelphia's lead to 68-63.

    "In the second half, (Bickerstaff) told me to get my head out of somewhere," Ely said. "He told me he was going to keep looking to me and finally some shots started to fall for me."

    The Sixers used two quick baskets -- one by Iverson off his own steal -- to push their lead back up to nine. But Charlotte reeled off a 9-0 run while keeping Philadelphia scoreless for more than 3 minutes to tie the game at 72.

    The Sixers answered with a 3 from Korver and a floater by Iverson to go back on top and take a 78-76 lead into the fourth quarter.

    That's when Charlotte completely took over and pulled away from the cold-shooting Sixers.

    "We stopped doing things that got us the lead, offensively and defensively," Iverson said. "Mostly offensively."

    Game notes

    Bickerstaff was hit with a technical foul with 9 seconds to play in the third quarter for yelling at the referees. ... The Sixers have two players on the roster, Jamal Mashburn and Lee Nailon, who were part of the Hornets during their best days in Charlotte. Neither played against the Bobcats. ... Carolina Panthers receiver Keary Colbert came to the game wearing Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu's jersey. Both played at Southern California.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 92 100
    FGM-FGA 38-82 (.463) 42-96 (.438)
    3PM-3PA 8-20 (.400) 6-16 (.375)
    FTM-FTA 8-14 (.571) 10-14 (.714)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-41 18-54
    Assists 25 23
    Turnovers 18 14
    Steals 8 10
    Blocks 6 2
    Fast Break Points 13 12
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 15 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 13 10

    Top Performers

    Samuel Dalembert Dalembert
    Points: 14
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 5
    Brevin Knight Knight
    Points: 13
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 14
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0