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PHILADELPHIA -- Al Jefferson tried to explain how hitting his jumper forces defences to change their approach. Nike Off White Vapormax Nz . "It keeps them on their toes, in my opinion," Jefferson said before being cut off. "It dont change nothing," reserve Jannero Pargo chimed in from two lockers down, "he aint going to pass the ball." Much like his first-half shooting, Jeffersons retort was nearly flawless. "Well if I pass it to you, Ill get a turnover, because youll be on the bench," he said. With a one-liner about as sharp as his stat line, Jefferson had his Bobcats teammates howling. Jefferson had every reason to feel loose, with 25 points and 10 rebounds in Charlottes 123-93 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night. "This is all the time," a smiling Jefferson said of the locker room banter. So are the big wins lately for Charlotte. Perhaps Charlotte is getting hot at the right time, winning by 30-plus points for the second time in six games. "Lets hope theres a couple more," coach Steve Clifford said. Gary Neal scored 15 points to help the Bobcats inch closer to a playoff berth. The Bobcats (37-38) have the seventh-best record in the Eastern Conference. They are 4 1/2 games ahead of the eighth-place New York Knicks and need three wins in the final seven games to clinch their first playoff berth since 2010. The Bobcats are counting on Jefferson to carry them deep into April -- and possibly beyond. "It falls a lot on me," Jefferson said. "Ive only been twice (to the playoffs), but twice is more than a lot of the other guys have been." The Bobcats raced to a 13-point lead in the first quarter, stretched it to 35 and never once let the Sixers threaten. Michael Carter-Williams scored 22 points on 10-of-18 shooting for the Sixers, who have lost two straight since snapping an NBA-record tying 26-game losing streak on Saturday. The Bobcats set the tone in the first quarter en route to putting away the lowly Sixers. Led by Jefferson, the Bobcats made 11 of their first 15 shots and finished with nine assists on 12 baskets. Jefferson picked up where he left off in March, when he was named Eastern Conference player of the month. He averaged 24.7 points on 56 per cent shooting (178-321), 10.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists. He was the first Bobcat to ever win the award. He kept his sharp shooting rolling in the first game of April with a 13-point first quarter. "Its important to set a tone that youre going to play through him early in the game," Clifford said. Jefferson finished 9 of 17 from the floor and made 7 of 10 free throws. He has 20-plus points and 10-plus boards in the same game 23 times this season. Even in a season that has them with the second-worst record in the NBA, this was as bad as the Sixers have played in weeks. Trailing by 13, the Sixers had five turnovers and only four baskets. They missed all seven 3-point attempts in the first half and finished 4 of 18 overall. The Sixers had two starters go scoreless in the half. "They beat us up pretty bad," Carter-Williams said. Charlotte, one of the few teams to lose to the Sixers this season, broke the game open with a 22-8 run in the second. Anthony Tolliver, who scored 16 points, hit a pair of 3s during the spurt and the Bobcats cruised from there. "Thats a team getting ready for the playoffs," Sixers guard Tony Wroten said. "You can tell a big difference." The Bobcats continued doing the big things that have them within striking distance of Washington for sixth place. They had only nine turnovers (average a league-low 12.3), outrebounded the Sixers 47-32 and had three bench players score double digits. NOTES: Charlotte F Josh McRoberts (left ankle) sat out. Cody Zeller scored nine points in his first career start. ... 76ers coach Brett Brown again said that injured rookie F Nerlens Noel likely will not play at all this season. "Theres so much to weigh out if were smart with this, and we will be," he said. ... The Bobcats finished one-point shy of matching their season-high point total. Vapormax Flyknit 3 Nz . Under the deal, the Vikings will donate an undisclosed sum of money to five gay rights-related charities over the next five years. Kluwe said he wont receive any money as part of the settlement. "This will help a lot of people that really do need that help," Kluwe said. Nike Tns Nz .C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes used a strong third period to extend their winning streak to three games. http://www.airvapormaxnz.com/vapormax-95-sale-nz.html . And on Sunday against the Houston Astros they were pleased to see his work finally pay off with his first win since May 24.TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors were set to depart for a gruelling four-game road swing after Wednesday nights loss to the Charlotte Bobcats. The trip couldnt come at a better time, as its homecourt that proving a disadvantage to Toronto this season. Kemba Walker hit a buzzer-beating jump shot in overtime to lift the Charlotte Bobcats to a 104-102 overtime victory Wednesday, handing the Raptors their eighth loss at home this season. "Its one of those things that whatever it is, were not generating enough focus. . .," said Raptors coach Dwane Casey, at a loss to explain the discrepancy between playing at home and on the road. "We have far more focus on the road than we do at home, and that is a concern. I talked to the team about it today. We have great fans, great crowd, warm building, hot building, so theres no reason why we cant come out with that type of fire and intensity and dont wait until you get hit in the mouth, punched in the mouth until we turn it on." The Raptors are 5-6 on the road this season, and just 4-8 at the Air Canada Centre. Walker scored 29 points, including his 18-footer that sealed the victory for Charlotte (12-14). Al Jefferson added 24 points. "It hurts, everyone who loses a game by a buzzer beater, youd rather get blown out by 50 than lose on a buzzer beater," said Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, who had 17 points and six assists. DeMar DeRozan scored a game-high 30 points for Toronto (9-14), while Amir Johnson had a game-high 13 rebounds to go with 10 points. Newcomer John Salmons finished with 11 points, while Jonas Valanciunas added 10. The Raptors led by as much as 16 points midway through the third, but the Bobcats closed the quarter with a 25-9 run to send the game into the fourth locked at 70-70 in front of an Air Canada Centre crowd of 15,201. It was a see-saw battle through the fourth quarter, and the Raptors trailed by three points twice in the last 21 seconds -- the difference negated the second time by Lowrys three-pointer with 12 seconds to go to tie the game 95-95. DeRozan then stripped Walker on the Bobcats last possession to guarantee overtime. Valanciunas, Johnson and DeRozan had the Raptors only three field goals in a sloppy five minutes of overtime that saw the Raptors miss on their first six shots. Air Vapormax 97 Womens. But DeRozan made one-of-two free throws with a second left to tie it up 102-102. Walker, guarded by Valanciunas -- who was slow to get to him -- was open when he made the winning buzzer-beater. "Tough, tough one second," Valanciunas said. "He made a tough shot. Could make a better job on defence, but it happened. Could be earlier, maybe he wouldnt make that, but what happened happened." Now the Raptors depart for a tough four-game road trip that takes them through Dallas, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, and New York. The Raptors play eight of their next 10 games on the road -- a good thing, perhaps. "I dont know, I have no idea," Lowry said, on the poor home record. "I really cant explain it, I cant put my foot on it, weve really got to find a way to change it around." Lowry doesnt agree with Casey assessment that its a lack of focus. "Naw. . .weve just got to find a way to win at home, make the homecourt more of an advantage for us." The Raptors shot 43 per cent from the floor to Charlottes 46 per cent. The Raptors outrebounded the Bobcats 50-40. It was another strong game for Johnson, who injected some desperately-needed energy into one of the ugliest quarters of basketball by either team in a while. The Raptors two assists were the only assists in the quarter, and both teams shot just under a lowly 32 per cent. The Bobcats led 18-15 heading into the second. The Raptors pulled away in what was an only slightly more exciting second quarter, outscoring their visitors 32-19. DeRozan had 11 points in the frame, and Lowrys driving layup with 23 seconds left put the Raptors up by 12. They took a 47-37 lead into the halftime break. Walker scored 11 points in the third quarter as the Bobcats chipped away at Torontos lead, tying it up on a Jefferson layup with two minutes to play. NOTES: Chuck Hayes dressed for Toronto for the first time since last weeks trade. Hayes had missed four games because he had to undergo baseline cardiac testing. ' ' '

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