Sixers win on Young's clutch three-pointer

The Bobcats' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist , who grew up in Somerdale, Camden County, fouls Thaddeus Young. STEVEN M. FALK / Staff
The Bobcats' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist , who grew up in Somerdale, Camden County, fouls Thaddeus Young. STEVEN M. FALK / Staff (Photographer)
Posted: January 17, 2014

At this point, the 76ers couldn't care less about style points.

When a team is struggling like they are, any type of win is appreciated. So despite 24 turnovers, the Sixers had to be elated Wednesday night after a 95-92 victory over the lowly Charlotte Bobcats, especially with how it ended.

Thaddeus Young hit the decisive three-pointer to break a tie with 3.2 seconds left. Charlotte immediately called a timeout, but Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker missed a three-pointer at the buzzer.

"You find those from time to time to promote what you are doing," coach Brett Brown said of being able to pull out victories on off nights. "They work hard. They really invest time."

The Sixers improved to 13-25 after snapping a four-game skid. This was their first regulation victory at the Wells Fargo Center since a 94-79 decision over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Nov. 8. The Bobcats (16-24) have lost nine of 11 games.

Young finished with 11 points after making his lone three-pointer in three attempts. The power forward was left wide open as Josh McRoberts, who was supposed to be guarding him, trailed Michael Carter-Williams along with Walker. The Sixers point guard dished the ball to Young, who drained the game-winner.

"I don't know what they are thinking when they both ran to Mike," Young said. "I was kind of like wide open. And I was like, 'I'm making this shot.' "

Evan Turner scored 23 points for the Sixers. Eleven of the swingman's points came in the fourth quarter. Walker finished with a game-high 26 points for the Bobcats.

The Sixers were far from impressive, making just 11 of 20 free throws. They also had more turnovers than assists (23). They had lost 25 straight games when they had more turnovers than assists.

"This win validates the importance of us guarding," said Brown, whose team held Charlotte to 39.8 percent shooting. "To overcome those [turnovers] and have 11 less shots, you are not winning those games, and we did. We did because we played for the most part pretty good team defense."

Dewayne Dedmon made his Sixers debut after being signed to a 10-day contract on Tuesday. The 7-foot, 255-pounder, who was called up from Santa Cruz of the NBA Development League, was very active. He moved well for a big man and showed athleticism running up and down the floor.

Dedmon failed to score a point, missing two shots. However, he finished with seven rebounds and two blocked shots in 14 minutes.

Reserve post players Lavoy Allen and Arnett Moultrie did not play.

Allen missed his third straight game with a strained right calf.

It is unknown when Moultrie will play his first game of the season. The 6-10, 240-pounder has been sidelined with a left ankle injury.


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