CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Allen Iverson slowly dribbled the ball,
letting the clock run down before he attempted what could have been
the game-sealing basket.
Only his shot didn't come close to the rim, a 24-second
violation was called, and Philadelphia had to sweat out its 107-105
victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night.
"I didn't get that call, I didn't get the free throw," Iverson
said of his final attempt. "Everybody on my team was screaming it
was a foul."
The Bobcats can relate.
After Iverson's miss, the Bobcats had a chance to go for the tie
or the win. Jason Hart got the call, driving the ball toward the
basket as time was expiring. His shot also missed. And just like
Iverson, he thought he was fouled.
"I wanted to make the refs call something," Hart said. "So I
went into the hole and got contact. But there was no call."
Instead, the game ended with the ball in Iverson's hands. The
NBA's leading scorer with 28.5 points a game, Iverson scored 24
points to lead the 76ers but was held to just six points in the
"I'd rather play bad and we win the game then play great and we
lose," he said.
Korver made consecutive baskets, including a 3-pointer, to give
Philadelphia a 103-98 lead, and Williamson scored eight of his 14
points in the fourth quarter.
Kenny Thomas finished with 21 points, Korver had 18, and Jackson
scored 14 of his 16 in the third quarter.
Emeka Okafor led Charlotte with 18 points, 19 rebounds and three
blocked shots, but he went just 4-of-12 at the line and missed two
free throws in the final 2:33 with a chance to tie it both times.
"I was just off," Okafor said. "I tried not to think about it
every time I went to the line because if I'm going to do that, I
might as well kick the ball instead of shoot it. But I was bad at
Charlotte, which has dropped sixth straight and 12 of 13, is
starting to get a complex about the lack of calls it receives.
Coach Bernie Bickerstaff was ejected midway through the fourth
quarter for arguing over non-calls.
"They lay their hearts out there, and I want them to get some
respect," he said.
Watching the final two plays from the lockerroom, Bickerstaff
was more surprised that Iverson didn't get a call on his final
drive then he was when Hart didn't draw a foul.
"(Iverson's) game is enhanced by his reputation," Bickerstaff
said. "I saw three bodies around him. Who did you say was in
there? Was it Jason Hart? Oh, you get the message on that one."
Already thin at point guard, the Bobcats took a hit four minutes
into the game when Brevin Knight went out with a sprained left
ankle. He was replaced by Hart, who suffered a slight sprain on
Monday, and got help from Steve Smith.
One of the few veterans on the roster, Smith was activated prior
to the game after a stint on the injured list. Only Smith wasn't
hurt -- Bickerstaff was simply giving the younger players more
minutes while tucking Smith away.
He quickly showed what Charlotte missed without him, hitting a
15-footer and a 3-pointer to spark a 9-2 run that gave Charlotte a
40-39 lead midway through the second quarter.
Smith helped again early in the fourth quarter, hitting another
3 and a soft turnaround jumper to put the Bobcats up 86-83.
But the Sixers answered with an 11-2 run to go up by eight
halfway through the period. The Bobcats lost Bickerstaff during
that span when he was ejected for arguing a non-call.
The Bobcats responded with a 3-pointer from Wallace to cut into
Philadelphia's lead and they pulled within two, 100-98, on Okafor's
Iverson has scored at least 20 points in all but three of
the games he has played in this season. ... Smith finished with 11
points. ... Charlotte was just 22-of-35 at the line. ... Korver
made four 3-pointers. ... Bickerstaff called Knight "valiant" for
taking the blame for the Bobcats' Monday loss to Milwaukee. Knight
had a costly late turnover, but Bickerstaff said no one player was
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