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PHILADELPHIA -- Forward Thaddeus Young hit a 3-pointer with 3.2 seconds left Wednesday night, as the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Charlotte Bobcats 95-92 to snap a four-game losing streak.

Guard/forward Evan Turner had 23 points, seven rebounds and four assists for the 76ers (13-25).

Guard Michael Carter-Williams added 20 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for Philadelphia (13-25), which won despite turning the ball over 24 times. Center Spencer Hawes had 17 points, 14 boards and seven assists.

Guard Kemba Walker had 26 points and center Al Jefferson added 24 for Charlotte (16-24), which lost for the fourth time in five games.

After Charlotte forged a 92-92 tie on a jumper by Walker with 15.4 seconds left, Young took a pass from Carter-Williams and nailed his 3-pointer from the left wing to put the Sixers on top. Walker then missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

The Bobcats led 80-75 early in the fourth quarter, but Turner had nine points in a 14-7 flurry, giving the Sixers an 89-87 lead. Jefferson's basket with 2:17 left tied it, but Turner scored again with 2:04 to play.

Backup guard Ramon Sessions made a free throw for Charlotte, and Carter-Williams did likewise for the Sixers, leaving Philadelphia with a 92-90 lead with 1:08 remaining.

Jefferson scored 10 early points, and Charlotte took advantage of some loose play by Philadelphia to move to a 24-18 lead late in the first quarter. But the Sixers, who had 14 first-half turnovers, outscored the Bobcats 29-12 over a 10-minute stretch in the second period to transform a 30-24 deficit into a 53-42 lead.

Turner, scoreless over the game's first 16 minutes, had six points in that stretch, as did Hawes and Carter-Williams.

Reserve guard Tony Wroten added five, three coming when he threw down a thunderous slam and made a free throw after a foul by forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

Philadelphia held a 53-45 lead at halftime, at which point Hawes had 12 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Carter-Williams also had 12 points before the break.

Jefferson paced Charlotte with 14, while Walker had 13.

The Sixers remained in front throughout the third quarter, but turnovers continued to plague them. They had seven more in the period. Three came in the final 1:30, allowing Charlotte to notch the period's last five points and cut the deficit to 72-68.

The Bobcats then notched 12 of the fourth quarter's first 15 points to go ahead 80-75. Sessions had six of those, including a floater in the lane that gave them their first lead since the second quarter, at 76-75.

NOTES: Before the game, Sixers coach Brett Brown disputed an report that said rookie C Nerlens Noel, out all season with a torn ACL in his left knee, could return shortly after next month's All-Star break. "He's progressing well," Brown said, "but there really is not a definitive timeline." Noel, the No. 6 pick in last June's draft, suffered the injury last February, during his lone season at Kentucky. Dr. James Andrews examined Noel in Florida last week and told he was "doing excellent" and had been cleared for basketball-related activities. But Brown said he will not play until he "ticks all the appropriate health boxes." ... Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie put out a statement regarding Noel, saying "some of the restrictions on Nerlens have been lifted and he is now able to participate in limited on-court work. ... Sixers C-F Lavoy Allen missed his third straight game with a calf injury. ... Charlotte G-F Michael Kidd-Gilchrist made his second straight start after missing six weeks with a broken left hand. ... Philadelphia C-F Dewayne Dedmon made his Sixers debut after signing a 10-day contract Tuesday.
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