CHARLOTTE -- Despite being 13 games under .500, the Sixers still had something riding on Wednesday’s game against the Charlotte Bobcats.
The Sixers had won three in a row entering the night and had not won four consecutive games since last April.
That run will stand as the last time the Sixers rolled off four straight wins after being handed an 88-83 loss by the Bobcats.
The Sixers shot just 35 percent from the floor and committed 14 turnovers.
With 1:36 to play and the score tied at 80-80, Kemba Walker sliced his way through the Sixers’ defense and fed Josh McRoberts on an alley-oop.
The Sixers were still able to fight back and regain the lead at 83-82 with 53 seconds remaining. However, Gerald Henderson drained a midrange jumper with 33 seconds remaining and then soared in for a dunk off a bad an Evan Turner inbounds pass to secure the win for the Bobcats.
Follow the leader
Henderson led all scorers with 24 points on 10-of-18 shooting. He also added four rebounds and four assists.
Damien Wilkins continues to be a bright spot for the Sixers as their season winds down. Wilkins has started the last 13 games and over his last 15 he is averaging 13.5 points and shooting 54 percent from the floor.
Wilkins was 7 of 14 for 20 points to go with nine rebounds on Wednesday.
Jrue Holiday had a nightmare game shooting the basketball. He was 1 for 22 until he tied the game at 82-82 with a left-handed scoop shot with 1:15 to play.
Holiday finished the game with five points on 2-for-24 shooting.
Take a bow
Kemba Walker clearly won the point guard battle. He had a double-double with 17 points and 10 assists.
The Sixers travel to Atlanta for a Friday date with the Hawks.
The Hawks are in a serious playoff race. They entered Wednesday as the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference and just one game ahead of the Bulls. The Hawks were also only a game behind the Nets in the standings.
The Sixers have split their two meetings with the Hawks this season. They won 99-80 back on Dec. 21 at home and took a 107-96 loss in Atlanta on March 6.