CHARLOTTE — In front of 16,283 young men and women, the Charlotte Bobcats picked up a 110-84 victory against the Philadelphia 76ers in preseason NBA action early Thursday morning.
The 76ers (2-3) started the game 0-for-5 with six turnovers before their first basket at the 6:09 mark of the first quarter. They finished the quarter making just 2-of-15 shots (13.3 percent) and committing eight turnovers.
Because of that poor start, Charlotte (3-2) was able to capitalize and pull ahead 25-10 by the end of the first quarter.
Ben Gordon led the Bobcats in the first half with 12 points, making all four of his field goal attempts and both of his free throws. Charlotte led 58-28 at halftime.
The Bobcats maintained its leads in the second half, led by Gordon's 10 second-half points.
Gordon led Charlotte with 22 points in the contest, while Kemba Walker and Jeff Taylor each added 13 points for the 'Cats.
Tony Wroten led Philadelphia with 20 points off of the bench, and guards Michael Carter-Williams and James Anderson added 11 points apiece.
Charlotte is back in action Saturday when they host the Dallas Mavericks at the Greensboro Coliseum for a 7:30 p.m. contest.
The Bobcats' preseason slate continues with home games against Cleveland next Thursday and on the road against the N.Y. Knicks next Friday.
- Al Jefferson (right ankle) and Brendan Haywood (left foot) did not play in Thursday's preseason game. Haywood is out 12 weeks with his injury. Jefferson said earlier this week that he is targeting the Oct. 30 season opener as his return date.
- 76ers Kwame Brown (right hamstring), Arnett Moultrie (left ankle) and Nerlens Noel (left knee) were also inactive for Thursday's contest.
- Thursday was the Bobcats' Ninth Annual "Cool School Field Trip," which invites elementary and middle school children from across North and South Carolina to come to the game. Students eat their lunches at the event and also are taught valuable lessons, such as not to bully others.