The Philadelphia Sixers didn’t show any brotherly love to the Charlotte Bobcats Saturday night. Neither has 2013 so far. The Bobcats picked up their seventh straight loss Saturday, as the Sixers defeated them 87-76.
The Sixers held the Bobcats to 31% shooting and 12% from three. Philadelphia was +20 in rebounding margin as well. Lavoy Allen was the catalyst for the Sixers on the glass, finishing with 22 rebounds, in addition to 14 points and three assists. Evan Turner had 16 points and ten rebounds, and Jrue Holiday finished with 20 points.
The loss puts the Bobcats at a 2-17 record in 2013, and they’ve lost ten of their last 11 games. The loss came just a day after the Bobcats blew a 20 point lead to the Los Angeles Lakers, in another game they should have taken against the Lakers. Ramon Sessions led the team with 20 points off the bench. Byron Mullens had 16, reaching double digits for the fourth straight game, while Kemba Walker was quiet with six points.
It wasn’t a game of many, if any positives for the sliding Bobcats, who still sit with the worst record in basketball. The Bobcats closed the gap to seven points late in the fourth quarter, but the Sixers were able to push them back with some big shots by Holiday.
Opponents won’t get much easier for Charlotte as they head into the middle of February. They’ll host the streaking Boston Celtics Monday, and have games against Indiana, Chicago, Denver and the Los Angeles Clippers on the radar as well. This team has been through a lot of streaks like this during the regular season, so they know they’re going to have to stay tough mentally in order to keep competing.