CHARLOTTE The Sixers went into Charlotte looking to end their three-game losing streak. They had twice beaten the Bobcats this season, once by 17 points and the second time by nine.
Doug Collins warned before the game that despite their 7-36 record, the Bobcats had scorers. And for two quarters Charlotte put points on the board.
The Sixers finally put the defensive clamps on them, which fueled their second-half scoring surge in a 105-80 victory.The Sixers improved to 26-20 with the win. They outscored Charlotte 59-36 in the second half, leading to the three-game sweep of the season series.
Spencer Hawes had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, his first since Jan. 16 and his seventh of the season.
The Bobcats were without their leading scorer Corey Maggette, who suffered a lower back bruise in a previous game.
Turning pointAfter allowing the Bobcats to shoot 49 percent in the first half, the Sixers turned up their defensive intensity in the third quarter. They held Charlotte to 6-for-22 shooting and out-rebounded the Bobcats 17-8 to stretch their two-point halftime lead to 13 heading into the fourth quarter.
Follow the leaderJrue Holiday followed up his 30-point performance on Saturday with 20 points. Thaddeus Young was a stellar 10 of 12 from the field for 20 points as well.
Lou Williams, who was shooting 28 percent over the last three games, was 8 of 12 for 19 points. He also had eight assists.
The Bobcats were led in scoring by Episcopal Academy alum Gerald Henderson, who had 14 points, 10 of which came in the first half.
Stat-egicThe Sixers came into Mondays contest 0-13 when having the same or fewer number of assists as their opponent. After two quarters Charlotte had 16 assists on 18 made field goals, while the Sixers had just nine helpers on 20 made shots.
The Sixers had 17 assists in the second half and won the assist battle, 26-23.
Take a bowElton Brand was 1 of 2 from the floor for just two points against the Bulls. Collins said he felt his team dribbled too much that night and that Brand usually is the recipient when the Sixers are moving the ball.
Collins hoped Monday night Brand would get the double-figure field goal attempts that he averages on the season.
Brand made good on that wish, shooting 8 of 13 from the field for 16 points and he grabbed eight rebounds.
Whats next?The Sixers next two games are against division foes New York and Boston. The Sixers have split the two games they have played against New York, both of which were played at Madison Square Garden.
The Knicks will be playing the second game of a back-to-back when they come to the Wells Fargo Center Wednesday night. They host Toronto on Tuesday and currently are four games back of the Sixers in the Atlantic Division.
Boston (24-21) won Monday at Atlanta to remain 1.5 games back of the Sixers. The Sixers beat the Celtics by 32 points on March 7, a game also played at the Wells Fargo Center.
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