PHILADELPHIA -- The Charlotte Bobcats are on pace to take the next step.
Refusing to let down the night after a big win over Miami, they won again and the destination could be the first playoff berth in the sixth season of the franchise.
Gerald Wallace scored 28 points on 9-for-10 shooting from the field, Stephen Jackson added 24 points and 10 rebounds, and the Bobcats won their fourth straight game with a 102-87 victory over the reeling Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.
"It would be a first time in history, so it would be great for the franchise, the city and all of us," Wallace said.
Boris Diaw contributed 13 points for the Bobcats (32-31), who entered the game in seventh place in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The Bobcats improved to just 9-23 on the road.
"We had an emotional win last night," Bobcats coach Larry Brown said. "I thought this would be tougher. We've struggled on the road, so this was a big win for us."
Fans began leaving the arena and booing before the third quarter even ended as the Sixers fell behind by as many as 29. Philadelphia trailed 85-58 after the third.
"We'll keep fighting for them," Brand said of the fan base. "We'll keep playing hard. I've been in this league a long time and I believe in our talent."
The Sixers managed an 8-0 run to open the fourth to cut it to 85-66. But they never got within double figures as they managed 21 turnovers, tying a season high set Tuesday night in a 107-96 loss at Indiana.
"We have to pay better attention to detail," Iguodala said.
The Bobcats used a 13-0 run in the third quarter to extend a 12-point lead to 77-52 with 4:11 remaining. Wallace scored seven points during the spurt.
Before the game, Sixers coach Eddie Jordan was answering questions about his job security.
The Sixers then fell behind 62-44 at halftime. As the players walked off the court, boos kept careening down from the half-empty arena.
"I had no problem with our effort," Jordan said. "We played hard for 48 minutes. We're trying to make plays."
Charlotte shot 59 percent from the field, including 5 for 8 from 3-point territory in the first half.
Brown, on an SI.com report linking him to the Los Angeles Clippers. "I can't stop stuff from getting out," he said. "I love coaching. I love being around [owner] Michael [Jordan]. I don't know how that stuff gets started." The 37 first-quarter points allowed were a season high for the Sixers. ... Charlotte C Nazr Mohammed missed the game with back spasms. ... Sixers director of statistical information Harvey Pollack celebrated his 88th birthday.
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