Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 3)

Series starts 1/19

Game 1: Wednesday, January 19th
Game 2: Friday, March 11th
Game 3: Wednesday, April 6th

Bobcats 103

(15-59, 3-33 away)

76ers 106

(37-37, 21-15 home)

Coverage: CSN

7:00 PM ET, April 6, 2005

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

1 2 3 4 T
CHA 23 24 32 24103
PHI 36 30 20 20106

Top Performers

Cha: P. Brezec 23 Pts, 10 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Blk

Phi: A. Iverson 48 Pts, 7 Reb, 8 Ast, 2 Stl

Sixers blow 25-point lead but hand Cats 6th straight loss

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Philadelphia 76ers would rather not rely so heavily on Allen Iverson.

Career 40-Point Games
Wilt Chamberlain 271
Michael Jordan 173
Elgin Baylor 88
Oscar Robertson 77
K. Abdul-Jabbar 70
Rick Barry 70
George Gervin 68
Jerry West 66
Allen Iverson 58
Bob McAdoo 58

They certainly can't complain about the results, though.

Iverson scored 48 points and the 76ers gained ground in the race for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a 106-103 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night.

Iverson had 30 in the first half to help the Sixers (37-37) take a 25-point lead, which was sliced all the way to one late in the fourth quarter. It was the second straight game the Sixers let a huge lead slip away, blowing a 26-point lead against Boston before holding on for a four-point win.

Certainly, the eighth spot is Philly's to lose over the final eight games. The Sixers have won six of 10 and are 11-8 since March 1 to build a game and a half lead over New Jersey and a 2½-game cushion on Orlando.

Chris Webber missed his third straight game with a sprained left shoulder.

"When Chris is not on the court, it puts way too much on Allen's shoulders," said Sixers coach Jim O'Brien.

Kyle Korver finished with 11 points and Andre Iguodala had 11 rebounds for the Sixers.

Cleveland's 98-77 loss to Indiana on Wednesday night pulled the Sixers to one game of the Cavaliers for the seventh spot. The Cavs play at Philadelphia on Friday and are 0-2 this year against the Sixers.

The Sixers are 3½ games behind first-place Boston in the Atlantic Division.

"The next game, that's the one we have to have," Iverson said. "If we approach everything that way, than everything will take care of itself.

The feisty Bobcats were a little too late in turning the game around and lost their sixth straight.

Cory Alexander sank two free throws that made it 104-103 with 33 seconds left, but Gerald Wallace mishandled the ball and it bounced out of bounds on Charlotte's last possession.

"We would like to just completely put a team away," said Korver. "But there's something to be said about us winning both games. They do come back on us, we feel the pressure a little bit, but still we win."

Korver sank a couple of free throws for Philadelphia and clinched a win that probably shouldn't have been so close.

"It seems like every game we just can't finish," said Primoz Brezec, who led the Bobcats with 23 points.

The Bobcats had their chances for an improbable victory in the final minutes.

Emeka Okafor's layup and turnaround jumper cut Philadelphia's lead to 102-99. Iguodala hit two free throws for a five-point lead, but Primoz Brezec stepped out for a 17-foot baseline jumper that made it 104-101.

Iverson's attempt for 50 points on a driving layup hit off the front of the rim and Samuel Dalembert's ill-advised putback in traffic was an airball.

With a chance to go-ahead, Wallace started to drive and the ball seemed to bounce off his sneaker.

"Wallace had a layup, but he just lost the ball," said Bobcats coach Bernie Bickerstaff.

Alexander had 17 points and Keith Bogans 16 for the Bobcats, who were coming off a 104-102 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night.

Iverson came as close as he could in the first half to matching his league-leading scoring average of 30.4 points. Iverson was sensational, making 10 of 15 baskets and 10 of 11 free throws. His only weakness came from the 3-point line where he missed all four attempts.

Iverson finished 17-for-31 and went 13-for-14 from the line. He had a career-high 60 points in a win over Orlando on Feb. 12 and reached the 40 mark for the eighth time this year.

The Sixers used 17-0 run late in the second quarter to race to a 62-37 lead. They led 66-47 at halftime, scoring a season-high for points in a half.

Game notes

Brezec got in Iguodala's face late in the second quarter and was whistled for a technical foul. Brevin Knight and Bickerstaff also was hit with a T in the first half. Knight got another technical in the fourth and was ejected. Okafor got one soon after ... Iverson has scored 50 points three times this season and has 58 career games with 40 or more points.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 103 106
FGM-FGA 37-77 (.481) 37-81 (.457)
3PM-3PA 5-12 (.417) 7-22 (.318)
FTM-FTA 24-33 (.727) 25-30 (.833)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-40 10-40
Assists 25 19
Turnovers 18 18
Steals 12 7
Blocks 2 5
Fast Break Points 2 10
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 29 (5/0) 28 (1/0)
Largest Lead 0 25

Top Performers

Primoz Brezec Brezec
Points: 23
Reb: 10
Ast: 3
Stl: 0
Blk: 1
Allen Iverson Iverson
Points: 48
Reb: 7
Ast: 8
Stl: 2
Blk: 0