The Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night traveled to Charlotte to a place they have had problems playing this season to take on a Bobcats team in which the Sixers needed to beat.  The Sixers needed not to look ahead to their huge match up on Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia against the New York Knicks.  The Sixers did what they had to do on Monday night and they defeated the Bobcats, 105-80 for their first win against the Bobcats in Charlotte this season.

     The Sixers played excellent defense, which has been the trademark of this seasons Sixers team and has put them on top of the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference.  In the second half of Monday nights game against the Bobcats the Sixers defense held the Bobcats to 11 for 38 from the field and also out rebounded Charlotte, 31-17.  The Sixers offense which as been as of late been struggling played better on Monday night in especially in the second half.  They shot 57.8 percent from the field which had to make head coach Doug Collins happy.

     The Sixers Lou Williams scored 19 points off the bench which included three-three pointers.  Spencer Hawes, the Sixers center who has been fighting injuries all season long played 23 minutes and contributed 13 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 blocks in the game.  He has been fighting a strain Achilles for most of the season. Jrue Holiday had 20 points.  Thaddeus Young and Elton Brand each had 16 points and eight rebounds for the Sixers as well.

     The Sixers have a very tough three games ahead.  The Sixers play the New York Knicks at home on Wednesday night and than the Boston Celtics come into Philadelphia on Friday night.  The Sixers then travel to San Antonio on Sunday to play the Spurs.

     The Sixers right now have to be very happy that their offense is coming alive at the right time.  The key to their season is their defensive play.  The defensive play of the Sixers has put them in the lead in the Atlantic Division and their defensive play will continue to guide them through the rest of the regular season and into the playoffs.  The game on Wednesday night in Philadelphia should be like a playoff atmosphere as the Knicks look to advenge last weeks lose to the Sixers at MSG.  The Knicks are 3-0 under new head coach Mike Woodson and it should be a interesting game.  The Sixers look to make their lead in the division bigger and good defensive play wll be the key.