Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/30/12
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jason Richardson hit four clutch 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to help lift the Philadelphia 76ers to a 104-98 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night. Richardson's 3-pointer with 7:30 remaining gave the Sixers the lead for good at 86-83, then he drilled two more in the next three minutes as the Sixers pulled away and eventually led by as many as nine. His fourth 3-pointer of the quarter with 1:11 remaining gave the Sixers a 100-93 lead and was the final nail in the coffin. The victory was Philadelphia's third straight and moved the Sixers to 10-6. Charlotte suffered its third straight loss and fell to 7-8, failing for the third time to surpass last season's entire win total in a 7-59 season. Evan Turner led the Sixers with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Richardson, a former Bobcat, ended up with 22, including 14 in the final period. The Sixers also got 15 points from Thaddeus Young, and 13 points and 15 assists from Jrue Holiday. Ben Gordon led the Bobcats with 19 points. Jeffery Taylor scored 16, Bismack Biyombo scored 14, Kemba Walker scored 13, and Byron Mullens and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 10 each. The Sixers shot 51.2 percent from the field for the game. The Sixers led 76-73 going into the fourth quarter. They led by as many as 10 in the third quarter thanks to the shooting of Turner, but a 7-0 Charlotte surge late in the third got the Bobcats back in it. The Sixers led 54-50 at halftime, after a back-and-forth half that saw 15 lead changes. The Sixers led by as many as seven early behind the shooting of Young, who had 10 points in the first quarter. But the Bobcats cut the margin to 27-25 after one quarter as Gordon came off the bench and heated up quickly. Neither team led by more than five the rest of the half. Gordon had 15 points at intermission, and Mullens 10. Young led the Sixers, who shot 58.5 percent from the field in the half, with 12 points. The Bobcats again played without Gerald Henderson and Tyrus Thomas. Henderson missed his 13th straight game because of a sprained left foot, while Thomas is out for a projected three months with a strained left calf. Henderson scrimmaged for the first time at practice on Thursday, but Coach Mike Dunlap said that Henderson would not be rushed back and that it "may still be awhile" before Henderson returns. The Sixers were without Andrew Bynum, who has not played this season because of what is being termed bilateral knee bone bruises. The Sixers will continue on the road at Chicago on Saturday, and the Bobcats will play Portland on Monday night. Notes: The Bobcats opened a three-game homestand after playing their previous three games on the road. They were coming off a 94-91 loss at Atlanta on Wednesday night, when Gordon came off the bench to score 26 points. ... Gordon's seven 3-pointers against the Hawks, on 7 of 10, tied a franchise record established by Jason Richardson and D.J. Augustin in 2008. ... The Sixers had beaten Phoenix and Dallas during their winning streak. They were coming off a 100-98 win over the Mavs on Tuesday, when Turner scored 22. ... Holiday was the Sixers' leading scorer coming into the game at 18.5 ppg, which was good for 14th in the NBA. Walker and Sessions led the Bobcats coming into the game at 16.5 ppg.
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