PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Thaddeus Young always had his confidence. He just needed to find his stroke.
Once he did, Young gave the 76ers a rare bright spot in a bleak season.
“I was like, ‘I’m making this shot,’” Young said. “I hadn’t made one the whole game. But I was like, whatever it takes, it was going to go down.”
So did the Bobcats.
Young hit the final big shot in a fourth quarter loaded with back-and-forth baskets, a poorly contested jumper from the left of the arc off a feed from Michael-Carter Williams. Young scored 11 points and his winner was his only 3-pointer of the game. Kemba Walker’s last-gasp shot was off the mark.
“You find those (wins) from time to time to help promote what you’re doing,” coach Brett Brown said. “They work hard. They really invest time. They completely get along.”
Walker led the Bobcats with 26 points and Al Jefferson had 24.
Hard to believe, the Bobcats (16-24) entered the game as the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.
But this one had the feel of a bad preseason finale until the final minutes. Charlotte’s Gerald Henderson missed his first nine shots. Philadelphia’s Tony Wroten spent more time throwing the ball into the stands than to a teammate. Sixers forward Brandon Davies was whistled for four fouls in 5 minutes.
Both teams shot clunkers from the free throw line (Bobcats 17 of 26; 76ers 11 of 20) and 3-point arc (Bobcats 5 of 20; 76ers 6 of 15). And the turnovers. So many turnovers - a sloppy 24 for the Sixers that led to 25 points and helped the Bobcats rally from 11 down.
“You fight hard to come back, then you just can’t come up with the plays to win the game,” Henderson said.
Henderson stripped Turner and dunked for a rare easy basket and a one-point lead late in the fourth. Hawes followed with a 3 to put the Sixers up 89-87. Jefferson tied it. Turner went inside to make it 91-89. Walker tied it at 92-all.
This one seemed set for overtime.