Bobcats Mauled in Second Half, Fall to Philly

Despite big halftime lead, second half chances
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2008 11:11 PM CST
Philadelphia 76ers players Jason Smith (14) and Reggie Evans (30) fight for a rebound with Charlotte Bobcats players Emeka Okafor (50) and Nazr Mohammed (6) during the second half of the 76ers' 103-96...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Charlotte couldn't capitalize on a dominant opening salvo in which they hit 10 of their first 12 shots, nor could they hold onto an eight-point half time lead, as the Sixers roared back to beat them 103-96. Andre Iguodala clinched the 17-point turnaround with a dunk seconds  before the end of regulation. Iguodala finished with 33, the Charlotte Observer reports.

The Bobcats were plagued by missed opportunities to break the game open, going 1-for-11 directly after their lightning 20-point start. The final minutes of the third quarter proved particularly one-sided, as Philly surged to a 80-71 lead which they would never relinquish. Charlotte faltered, turning the ball over three times in their final six possessions of the period.