Bobcats overcome early deficit, 76ers in 88-83 victory
Trailing by as many as 16 points, the Charlotte Bobcats exploded in the second half to come away with an 88-83 victory at home against the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday.
Gerald Henderson continued his torrid play of late with 24 points, while Kemba Walker (17 points, 10 assists) and Josh McRoberts (12 points, 16 rebounds) each record double doubles in the win.
Henderson's steal on an in-bounds play by the 76ers with 33 seconds left led to his game-sealing slam dunk.
“That was a big play for us," Henderson said of his steal. "We were trying to come down and just play tough defense. I knew guys were pressuring behind me. Once the count got down, I tried to just jump on the ball. I knew he had to pass it. He didn’t want to call a timeout. I just kind of jumped on the ball, it hit my hand and I just went to the basket with it.”
The 16 rebounds for McRoberts — 12 of which were defensive — are a new career high.
“It feels good to be able to get a win, especially here at home," McRoberts said. "We’ve had a few lately, so hopefully we keep that going. It feels good to win at home.”
76ers guard Jrue Holiday struggled to shoot the ball in Wednesday's contest, making just two of his 23 shot attempts.
Philadelphia shot just 35.1 percent (33-of-94) from the field, including 25 percent (4-of-16) from 3-point territory.
“A lot of those shots, especially in the fourth, they rimmed in and out," Holiday said of his shooting struggles. "I definitely thought those were going in. They felt good. But there’s nothing you can really do about that. In the fourth I know I’m going to have the ball and I know obviously I want to make that play, and tonight unfortunately I didn’t make it.”
Charlotte has now won five of its last six games at home and looks to continue that strong run on Friday against the defending NBA champion Miami Heat.