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By The Sports Xchange March 31, 2013 12:00 AM
PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia 76ers coach Doug Collins said he "absolutely" wants All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday to serve as the team's closer, no matter what. Holiday again accepted that role Saturday night, overcoming poor shooting to score nine of his 14 points in the last 5:24 as the Sixers outlasted the Charlotte Bobcats 100-92 for their third straight victory. Evan Turner scored 22 points to lead the Sixers (30-43), who have won seven of 11. Spencer Hawes added 19, and Damien Wilkins and Thaddeus Young had 15 apiece. Young also had 10 rebounds. Rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist topped the Bobcats, who have the NBA's worst record at 17-56, with 21 points and Gerald Henderson had 19. The defeat was the 10th straight on the road for Charlotte, which is 6-31 away from home this season. Hawes broke an 82-82 tie by making two free throws with 6:40 left. After a free throw by Kidd-Gilchrist, Royal Ivey's layup gave the Sixers an 86-83 lead. Holiday, just 2 of 13 from the floor to that point, scored the next five Philadelphia points, the last two on a driving left-handed dunk, to give the Sixers a 91-84 advantage with 4:10 remaining. Holiday, who made his last four shots in the game, added jumpers with 2:58 and 1:02 left, respectively, each time increasing three-point margins to five. "As a guy who missed shots, the last thing I'd ever want my coach to say was, 'Don't take that shot,'" said Collins, a four-time All-Star guard with the Sixers in the '70s. Holiday said, "When it comes down to it and you get into the times or the crucial moments, I do think my team has a lot of faith in me. A lot of teammates or coaches, I wouldn't say look to me, but encourage me to go down and make the plays to close out the game." Kemba Walker had 16 points and Josh McRoberts 15 for Charlotte. Jannero Pargo scored 11. "I think our guys did a great job tonight," Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap said. "Full credit to Philadelphia. They just kept on in there and played good ball. And if you get down on them, they're not going to give you the lead easily." Young contributed 13 points and eight rebounds in the first half, when the Sixers overcame an 11-point deficit to take a 49-46 halftime lead. Kidd-Gilchrist countered with 15 points in the first two quarters for the Bobcats. The teams exchanged the lead eight times in the third quarter, when Turner scored 13 of his points. But the Sixers were ahead just 73-71 at the end of the quarter after Pargo beat the buzzer with a jumper. NOTES: The Sixers' three-game winning streak is their first of that length since Jan. 30-Feb. 4. ... Former Sixers great Allen Iverson took a bow before the game, and the team gave away bobbleheads in his likeness. ... The Sixers shot 52.1 percent from the field, the Bobcats 50. Philadelphia had dropped 31 consecutive games in which its opponent had made more than half its shots. ... The Sixers' flight back from Friday night's victory in Cleveland was delayed three hours by mechanical problems. "The guys thought I sabotaged the plane, so we could stay back and watch the Duke game," said Collins, whose son Chris will remain a Blue Devils assistant as long as they remain alive in the NCAA Tournament, then assume his duties as Northwestern's new head coach. "I came clean," the elder Collins said. "I had nothing to do with that." ... Bobcats center Byron Mullens missed his second straight game with a sore right knee. ... Turner topped 20 points for the second straight game, the first time he had 20 or more in consecutive games since he did it in three straight from Jan. 22 to Jan. 28. ... Ivey had 11 points for the Sixers. ... Kidd-Gilchrist and Bismack Biyombo had nine rebounds each for Charlotte.