Bobcats 102, 76ers 87

The Charlotte Bobcats are on pace to take the next step.

Refusing to let down the night after a big win over Miami, they
won again and the destination could be the first playoff berth in
the sixth season of the franchise.

Gerald Wallace scored 28 points on 9-for-10 shooting from the
field, Stephen Jackson added 24 points and 10 rebounds, and the
Bobcats won their fourth straight game with a 102-87 victory over
the reeling Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.

“It would be a first time in history, so it would be great for
the franchise, the city and all of us,” Wallace said.

Boris Diaw contributed 13 points for the Bobcats (32-31), who
entered the game in seventh place in the Eastern Conference playoff
race. The Bobcats improved to just 9-23 on the road.

Tyson Chandler scored 12, while D.J. Augustin and Tyrus Thomas
had 10 apiece for Charlotte, which was 31 for 41 from the free
throw line.

“We had an emotional win last night,” Bobcats coach Larry
Brown said. “I thought this would be tougher. We’ve struggled on
the road, so this was a big win for us.”

Rodney Carney led the Sixers with 14 points. Andre Iguodala and
Jrue Holiday each added 13 for Philadelphia, which fell to 23-41
and 10-20 at the Wachovia Center.

Fans began leaving the arena and booing before the third quarter
even ended as the Sixers fell behind by as many as 29. Philadelphia
trailed 85-58 after the third.

“We’ll keep fighting for them,” Brand said of the fan base.
“We’ll keep playing hard. I’ve been in this league a long time and
I believe in our talent.”

The Sixers managed an 8-0 run to open the fourth to cut it to
85-66. But they never got within double figures as they managed 21
turnovers, tying a season high set Tuesday night in a 107-96 loss
at Indiana.

“We have to pay better attention to detail,” Iguodala
said.

The Bobcats used a 13-0 run in the third quarter to extend a
12-point lead to 77-52 with 4:11 remaining. Wallace scored seven
points during the spurt.

Before the game, Sixers coach Eddie Jordan was answering
questions about his job security.

The Sixers then fell behind 62-44 at halftime. As the players
walked off the court, boos kept careening down from the half-empty
arena.

“I had no problem with our effort,” Jordan said. “We played
hard for 48 minutes. We’re trying to make plays.”

Charlotte shot 59 percent from the field, including 5 for 8 from
3-point territory in the first half.

NOTES: Brown, on an SI.com report linking him to the Los Angeles
Clippers. “I can’t stop stuff from getting out,” he said. “I
love coaching. I love being around (owner) Michael (Jordan). I
don’t know how that stuff gets started.” The 37 first-quarter
points allowed were a season high for the Sixers. … Charlotte C
Nazr Mohammed missed the game with back spasms. … Sixers director
of statistical information Harvey Pollack celebrated his 88th
birthday.