Okafor, Bobcats top Sixers
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Emeka Okafor came off the bench while
battling the flu and scored 16 points to go along with 16 rebounds, as
Charlotte beat Philadelphia, 102-87, tying a franchise record with its
fourth straight victory.
Matt Carroll, Gerald Wallace and Adam Morrison each scored 19 points for the
Bobcats, who closed out last season with four straight victories to set
the franchise mark. Derek Anderson poured in 11 points in the effort.
Charlotte head coach Bernie Bickerstaff left the bench late in the first
quarter after feeling ill. Bickerstaff’s son, John-Blair Bickerstaff, assumed
head-coaching duties for the remainder of the contest.
Kyle Korver scored a team-high 21 points for Philadelphia, which has lost four
of its last five games. Korver was just 3-of-8 from beyond the arc, but
finished a perfect 8-for-8 from the line. Andre Miller chipped in 15
points and also dished out seven assists, Steven Hunter had 14 points, and
Andre Iguodala finished with 10 points for the Sixers.
The Sixers kept it close early and trailed just 22-17 with 2:42 left in the
first quarter. A Morrison jumper, though, fueled a 17-5 Bobcats run that
spanned into the second quarter.
Okafor capped the rally with a three-point play, making a dunk shot before
drawing a foul on Iguodala and connecting on one-of-two from the charity
stripe. The free throw made it 39-22 in favor of Charlotte with 8:42 remaining
in the half.
The Bobcats led 55-43 at the break.
Charlotte continued to pull away in the third, as Okafor’s dunk extended the
margin to 64-49 at 8:21. Philadelphia couldn’t get closer than 12 the rest of
the way, and trailed 77-63 entering the final 12 minutes.
Philadelphia showed signs of life in the fourth, as Korver’s trey made it
77-70 at 10:29. The Bobcats heated up once again, however, running off the
next five points to extend the cushion to 82-70 at 9:16.
The Sixers still trailed by 11 with under two minutes to play, and Charlotte
coasted to the finish.
The Bobcats outscored the Sixers 50-38 in the paint…Philadelphia is 1-4 all-
time on the road against Charlotte…The Sixers fell to 8-22 on the road this
season…The Bobcats lead the season series, 2-1.