Jefferson and Bobcats manhandle the Sixers

The Sixers' Thaddeus Young (left) and Charlotte's Cody Zeller watch a loose ball bounce away.
The Sixers' Thaddeus Young (left) and Charlotte's Cody Zeller watch a loose ball bounce away. (YONG KIM / Staff)
Posted: April 04, 2014

Not surprisingly, the 76ers lost again Wednesday night.

This time, it was at the hands of the Charlotte Bobcats. And it wasn't even close.

Dominating from start to finish, the Bobcats prevailed, 123-93, at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers (16-59) have lost two straight and 28 of 29 games. They are riding their 12th losing streak of the season.

There was little that the Sixers did right, and there was next to nothing that they stopped the Bobcats (37-38) from doing.

"There was spirit that was knocked out of us, early," Sixers coach Brett Brown said. "For the most part, when you look at our season, I'm just so proud of these young guys playing their hearts out.

"And I think that we got hit in the stomach. They knocked us around. I think our spirit, we took a hit. We were deflated."

Al Jefferson threw most of the Bobcats' body shots, posting his 35th double-double of the season.

Jefferson scored 13 of his 25 points in the first quarter. The 6-foot-10, 289-pounder also finished with 10 rebounds even though he sat out the fourth quarter with the rest of the Bobcats starters.

Jefferson put on a shooting clinic before his exit. He made 9 of 17 shots, many on mid-range jumpers, and sank 7 of 10 free throws.

Reserves Anthony Tolliver and Gary Neal added 16 and 15 points, respectively, for Charlotte. Shooting guard Gerald Henderson, an Episcopal Academy product, scored 14. Swingman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, a Somerdale native, had seven points, six rebounds, and two assists.

Rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams was one of the Sixers' few bright spots, finishing with 22 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists. Starters Thaddeus Young (11 points), Henry Sims (15), and James Anderson (zero) combined to make only 9 of 30 shots.

"For me it was just one of those games where I just couldn't make shots," Young said. "I had a couple of good looks. I just couldn't make them."

The Sixers made just 4 of 18 three-pointers; were outrebounded, 47-32; and trailed by as many as 35 points in the fourth quarter.

"They were hot, clearly," Carter-Williams said. "They just beat us up pretty badly on the boards. They made tough shots. And we were just tired. Our shots were short. We didn't go on the offensive glass like we should have."

This could have been Casper Ware's last game as a Sixer. Wednesday was the final day of the 5-10, 175-pounder's 10-day contract with the team.

No Noel?

Brown is unsure whether center Nerlens Noel will play this season. The 6-11, 228-pounder has yet to participate in five-on-five, full-court scrimmages, and only seven games are left in the season. Noel has sat out his rookie campaign after offseason knee surgery. He suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee last February during his lone season at Kentucky.

"There are times that you step back and you say 'It's now really getting late,' " Brown said. "And 'Why? What benefit would there be?' He hasn't played basketball in 14 months or whatever. Do you think he's going to come out and play like the sixth player chosen [in the draft]? I don't think so."


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