CHARLOTTE, NC. D.J. Augustin blitzed Philadelphia for 25 points in the first half knocking down 10-of-11 shots and Gerald Henderson sparked the Bobcats off the bench in the fourth quarter securing a 100-97 win Thursday night at the Time Warner Cable Arena.
Augustin finished with a career-high 31 points and eight assist. With Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson combining for just 20 points, Augustin’s hot start was much needed.
Wallace scored only six points, going just two of seven from the field. Jackson finished with 14, but hit five of his 16 shots.
Sam Young scored 15 of his team-high 21 points in the fourth quarter for Philadelphia. Andre Iguodala added 19 points and Elton Brand had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Leading 53-50 with :09.9 left in the first half, Wallace stripped Young, fed Augustin for a driving three-point play layup giving the Bobcats a 56-50 advantage at the break.
Augustin started the third quarter like he finished the first half with a fadeaway jumper making it 58-50 Bobcats. But the 76ers refused to go away. Jrue Holiday’s driving layup sparked an 8-0 run to make it 58 all.
With :01.1 remaining in the thrid, center Nazr Mohammed tipped in Henderson’s missed layup pushing the Bobcats lead to 74-68 to end the period. Mohammed gave the Bobcats a lift off the bench with 15 points and seven rebounds in 20 minutes.
Bobcats are going to need Mohammed to continue stepping up. They learned before the game Tyrus Thomas will miss about two months with a torn meniscus in his left knee. Thomas was averaging 11.1 points and 5.8 boards.
In the 4th quarter Henderson went to work. Hitting three jumpers on the same curl play from the same spot. After Young’s jump hook gave the Sixers their last lead at 91-90, Henderson hit consecutive jumpers to make it 94-91 Bobcats.
Henderson nearly turned into the goat, fouling Iguodala on a three point attempt. But Iguodala missed one of the three free throws. Henderson answered with another curl jumper for a 96-93 lead. Henderson scored nine of his 11 points in the quarter, hitting all four his shots.
Then Augustin nailed four free throws in the final 11.0 seconds to seal the victory. Bobcats have won two straight games.
NOTES: Bobcats picked up their first win in three tries against the 76ers. Bobcats leaped over Indiana into the 8th playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Atlanta visits Time Warner Cable Arena Saturday. Bobcats owner Michael Jordan played for Sixers head coach Doug Collins in Chicago from 1986-1989.