Bobcats-76ers Preview

Time has all but run out on the Philadelphia 76ers’ playoff

hopes. Failure to take advantage of back-to-back games against the

lowly Charlotte Bobcats would likely hasten their official

elimination.

The 76ers will try to continue their dominance over the Bobcats

on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

Philadelphia (29-43) has only 10 contests remaining as it tries

to make up a 6 1/2-game deficit to Milwaukee for eighth place in

the Eastern Conference. The 76ers have kept their faint hopes alive

by winning three of four, including a 100-92 victory over the Bucks

on Wednesday.

Philadelphia followed with a 97-87 win in Cleveland on Friday as

Evan Turner had 23 points and a season high-tying 13 rebounds.

“Any type of win is a great win,” Turner said. “I got in a good

rhythm coming right out of halftime. Any time when I’m attacking, I

feel like I can be successful. The shots started falling, which was

definitely cool.”

Jrue Holiday contributed 20 points and Spencer Hawes registered

his sixth double-double in eight games with 16 points and 11

rebounds.

“Our guys are playing to win, which is great,” Doug Collins

said. “The spirit of the team is good, which I really like. This

was a good win, and I’m very proud of our guys.”

The 76ers will next try to record their first three-game win

streak in nearly two months and earn a season-high fourth straight

victory at home. A visit from the Bobcats would appear to help

Collins’ team in pulling off both feats as Philadelphia has won

five straight in the series and four in a row at home.

The 76ers prevailed 87-76 in the most recent meeting Feb. 9 in

Philadelphia as Lavoy Allen had a career-high 22 rebounds and 14

points. Holiday scored 20 and Jeremy Pargo added 12 off the bench

in his debut with the team.

Turner had 25 points and four other Sixers scored in double

figures in a 104-98 win in Charlotte on Nov. 30.

The Bobcats (17-55) head into this game with three wins in their

last six contests but lost 111-102 at New York on Friday after

falling behind by 30 in the first half. Gerald Henderson tied a

career high with 35 points in the team’s season high-tying ninth

straight road defeat.

“We’ve got a lot of fight,” Henderson said. “It’s just tough

when you see you’re down 30. It’s hard to see the light. We got a

lot of guys with pride and a lot heart. We just couldn’t come up

with it at the end of the game.”

The 76ers and Bobcats will close the season series Wednesday in

Charlotte, the start of a four-game road trip for Philadelphia. The

Bobcats wrap up a three-game trek Monday in Milwaukee before

returning home.

Philadelphia hasn’t won three straight since Jan. 30-Feb. 4, and

its last four-game home win streak was Jan. 27-Feb. 1, 2012, which

started with an 89-72 win over Charlotte.