The Charlotte Bobcats have the worst record in the NBA and came to the Wells Fargo Center on a six-game losing streak. The Sixers led by as many as 16 points but the game was a single-digit lead for most of the fourth quarter before the Sixers pulled away with an 87-76 win.
The Sixers are 22-27 this season and 5-2 on this eight-game homestand.
They held the Bobcats to 31 percent shooting, including 2-for-16 from three.
Twice in the fourth quarter the Bobcats closed the gap to five points. The first time Jrue Holiday answered with a driving floater in traffic. The second time Spencer Hawes hit a baseline jumper to stretch the lead to 79-72 with three minutes to play.
Holiday finished with a team-high 20 points and seven assists, and Hawes scored 17 points and pulled down nine rebounds.
Follow the leader
Lavoy Allen had a double-double, his second of the season, scoring 14 points and grabbing a career-high 22 rebounds. Evan Turner snapped out of his slump to score 16 points and grab 10 rebounds. He also had four assists.
Ramon Sessions led the Bobcats with 20 points. Byron Mullens added 16 and local product Gerald Henderson scored 13 on 4-for-12 shooting.
Allen was the first Sixer to have a 20-rebound performance since Samuel Dalembert did so on Jan. 13, 2010. Dalembert grabbed 21 boards and scored 12 points in a loss to the Knicks. Allen's game was the 66th 20-plus rebound performance in franchise history.
Take a bow
Jeremy Pargo had one practice with the Sixers before playing in Saturday’s game. The team signed him to a 10-day contract. As promised by Doug Collins, Pargo heard his No. 0 called at the 5:02 mark of the first quarter, subbing for Nick Young and allowing Holiday to play minutes off the ball.
With 2:34 to play in the third quarter Pargo drove the lane for a right-handed scoop lay-up and was fouled. The fans erupted, applauding his hustle.
Pargo scored 12 points, had six assists and four rebounds.
The Sixers wrap up their eight-game homestand Monday when they entertain the LA Clippers. The Clippers lead their division with a record of 35-17 but they have gone 3-7 in their last 10 games.
The Clippers play at New York Sunday afternoon before traveling south to the City of Brotherly Love. Los Angeles lost Friday to the Heat, 111-89, but got two starters back in that contest. Chris Paul returned after missing nine games with a bruised right kneecap and Blake Griffin came back after missing two with a strained left hamstring.
Griffin leads the Clippers in scoring and rebounding with 18.4 and 8.5 respectively. Paul averages 16.3 points and 9.5 assists. The Clippers hold opponents to just 93.7 points on average, second-best in the West.