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.PHI CHL