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Miller leads 76ers past Bobcats

Mar 24, 2007 - 3:40 AM PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- The Philadelphia 76ers cooled off a hot Charlotte Bobcats team without their top scorer.

Andre Miller scored 19 points as the 76ers snapped a brief two-game losing streak with a 106-97 victory over a shorthanded Charlotte team.

Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia's top scorer since the December trade of Allen Iverson, sat out for the first time in his career with a lower back strain. The 6-6 swingman had started 232 straight games, the third-longest streak in the NBA behind San Antonio's Bruce Bowen and Detroit's Tayshaun Prince.

"(Not playing) felt strange," Iguodala said. "It's not something that I want to get used to. Hopefully I'll feel better tomorrow. It's a long trip on the plane (to Miami) so I'll try to keep it warm on the plane.

"As far as the streak goes, it wasn't really important. It was a matter of if I could help my team if I would hinder them if I'm out there. I didn't want to be out there playing at 50 percent and hurt the team. It was a wise decision instead of playing and making it worse."

Miller picked up the slack in Iguodala's absence, shooting 8-of-12 from the floor and dishing out nine assists to lead seven players in double figures for Philadelphia, which had lost its last two games by a combined 71 points.

"This was a game that we wanted to come out and win," guard Willie Green said. "We wanted have this kind of game tonight especially after losing the way we did before. It wasn't our normal basketball against Houston and Detroit. Tonight we wanted to get back home and play the way we're used to playing."

"I just took whatever came to me," Miller said. "I was moving without the ball. The main thing was to get everybody involved early and take advantage of whatever came to me."

The 76ers led, 69-48, at the half and held off Charlotte the rest of the way, never allowing them to get closer than the final margin.

"We know that the guys had to step up with Andre being out and everybody did a good job," Green said. "We made it a little tough in the second half but guys came in and played well. We rebounded the ball well. We just shared the basketball. We tried to make sure that we got into our sets and we got out and ran."

Green added 18 points and Rodney Carney, starting in place of Igoudala, scored 11 on 5-of-9 shooting.

Gerald Wallace scored 21 points to lead the Bobcats, who had won four of their last six games despite not having Emeka Okafor and Sean May due to injury.

"It was too much for the third straight game. I think that it's gone to our head that we come back and that's just too much," Charlotte coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "I thought that Philly shot the ball well and made the plays. We just didn't have the legs."

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