6 observations from Sixers-Bobcats

6 observations from Sixers-Bobcats
January 15, 2014, 10:00 pm
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Spencer Hawes on Wednesday posted 17 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists against the Bobcats. (AP)


Thaddeus Young hit a three-pointer with 3.2 seconds left to push the Sixers past the Bobcats, 95-92, at the Wells Fargo on Wednesday night (see instant replay). The win broke the Sixers' four-game losing streak.

It was the Sixers' first home win in regulation since Nov. 8, and only their second win at home overall in their last eight games at the Wells Fargo Center. It was also just the second victory of the season for the Sixers after failing to score 100 or more points.

The Sixers withstood a 17-3 fourth-quarter run by the Bobcats thanks in part to Evan Turner, who had 12 of his 23 points in the final quarter.

Some observations from the game:

1. Ton of turnovers
The Sixers committed 24 turnovers, which led to 25 points for the Bobcats. You know what’s not good basketball? Turning the ball over 24 times and allowing your opponent to score 25 points in the process.

That was ugly stuff. On a less-unsightly note: The Sixers shot 50.6 from the field while the Bobcats made 39.8 percent of their shots. The first time these two teams played this season, the Bobcats shot 46.2 percent from the floor and beat the Sixers by 17 in Charlotte. So there was that. That was an improvement. But the turnovers. Tough to win that way, but the Sixers somehow did.

2. Point-guard competition
Michael Carter-Williams and Kemba Walker had an anything-you-can-do, I-can-do-better point guard contest. Crossovers. Pull-up jumpers. Nifty assists. (Do the kids still say nifty?) It was an excellent show by two of the quicker young guards in the league.

Walker went 9 for 21 for a game-high 26 points, eight assists, five rebounds, two steals and a block. MCW kept up, finishing with 20 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists.

3. Center of attention
It was interesting to watch Al Jefferson and Spencer Hawes go at it. You couldn’t find two centers with offensive games that are more different. Jefferson entered Wednesday’s matchup averaging 9.9 rebounds (tied for 12th in the league) and 1.23 blocks (20th). He’s as close to a traditional bang-in-the-post player as you’re likely to find. Hawes is not.

Hawes averaged 1.7 three-pointers per game before Wednesday’s outing. That’s good for 36th overall and first, by far, among centers.

Jefferson did most of his damage down low against the Sixers, finishing with 24 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block. But Hawes also played well, posting 17 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists while hitting three three-pointers.

4. Highlight reel
Tony Wroten threw down a ridiculous one-handed dunk on Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in the second quarter that will make all the highlight reels -- except the one that the Bobcats put together for Kidd-Gilchrist when the year is over. It will not be included on that one. Because it was nasty. (SBNation immediately put out a GIF for your review and amusement.) Poor MKG. He also scored just one point in 17 minutes. His family will likely put him up for adoption after a night like that.

5. Hot when you need him
Thaddeus Young, who hit the game-winner, had 11 points. It was just the fourth game in the last 12 that he failed to score 20 or more. He’s been that hot this season.

6. Unhappy homecoming
Gerald Henderson did not have a good night in his return to Philadelphia. Henderson, who went to Episcopal, missed his first nine attempts from the field shots. Henderson went 2 for 14 for eight points.