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PHILADELPHIA -- Al Jefferson tried to explain how hitting his jumper forces defences to change their approach. [url=]Jalen Reeves-Maybin Youth Jersey[/url] . "It keeps them on their toes, in my opinion," Jefferson said before being cut off. "It dont change nothing," reserve Jannero Pargo chimed in from two lockers down, "he aint going to pass the ball." Much like his first-half shooting, Jeffersons retort was nearly flawless. "Well if I pass it to you, Ill get a turnover, because youll be on the bench," he said. With a one-liner about as sharp as his stat line, Jefferson had his Bobcats teammates howling. Jefferson had every reason to feel loose, with 25 points and 10 rebounds in Charlottes 123-93 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night. "This is all the time," a smiling Jefferson said of the locker room banter. So are the big wins lately for Charlotte. Perhaps Charlotte is getting hot at the right time, winning by 30-plus points for the second time in six games. "Lets hope theres a couple more," coach Steve Clifford said. Gary Neal scored 15 points to help the Bobcats inch closer to a playoff berth. The Bobcats (37-38) have the seventh-best record in the Eastern Conference. They are 4 1/2 games ahead of the eighth-place New York Knicks and need three wins in the final seven games to clinch their first playoff berth since 2010. The Bobcats are counting on Jefferson to carry them deep into April -- and possibly beyond. "It falls a lot on me," Jefferson said. "Ive only been twice (to the playoffs), but twice is more than a lot of the other guys have been." The Bobcats raced to a 13-point lead in the first quarter, stretched it to 35 and never once let the Sixers threaten. Michael Carter-Williams scored 22 points on 10-of-18 shooting for the Sixers, who have lost two straight since snapping an NBA-record tying 26-game losing streak on Saturday. The Bobcats set the tone in the first quarter en route to putting away the lowly Sixers. Led by Jefferson, the Bobcats made 11 of their first 15 shots and finished with nine assists on 12 baskets. Jefferson picked up where he left off in March, when he was named Eastern Conference player of the month. He averaged 24.7 points on 56 per cent shooting (178-321), 10.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists. He was the first Bobcat to ever win the award. He kept his sharp shooting rolling in the first game of April with a 13-point first quarter. "Its important to set a tone that youre going to play through him early in the game," Clifford said. Jefferson finished 9 of 17 from the floor and made 7 of 10 free throws. He has 20-plus points and 10-plus boards in the same game 23 times this season. Even in a season that has them with the second-worst record in the NBA, this was as bad as the Sixers have played in weeks. Trailing by 13, the Sixers had five turnovers and only four baskets. They missed all seven 3-point attempts in the first half and finished 4 of 18 overall. The Sixers had two starters go scoreless in the half. "They beat us up pretty bad," Carter-Williams said. Charlotte, one of the few teams to lose to the Sixers this season, broke the game open with a 22-8 run in the second. Anthony Tolliver, who scored 16 points, hit a pair of 3s during the spurt and the Bobcats cruised from there. "Thats a team getting ready for the playoffs," Sixers guard Tony Wroten said. "You can tell a big difference." The Bobcats continued doing the big things that have them within striking distance of Washington for sixth place. They had only nine turnovers (average a league-low 12.3), outrebounded the Sixers 47-32 and had three bench players score double digits. NOTES: Charlotte F Josh McRoberts (left ankle) sat out. Cody Zeller scored nine points in his first career start. ... 76ers coach Brett Brown again said that injured rookie F Nerlens Noel likely will not play at all this season. "Theres so much to weigh out if were smart with this, and we will be," he said. ... The Bobcats finished one-point shy of matching their season-high point total. [url=]Brad Kaaya Jersey[/url] . -- A lawyer for the fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez asked a judge Friday to throw out perjury charges, saying Shayanna Jenkins did not wilfully lie as she was bombarded with 1,630 questions over two days before a grand jury. [url=]Jarrad Davis Jersey[/url] . Chelsea took until the second half to trouble the leagues bottom team, but Schuerrle then ripped through the defence with ease at Craven Cottage to keep Jose Mourinhos side on track for the title. [url=][/url] . With the final four being arguably the four best and most complete teams from the regular season, picking a winner is not as easy as it sounds.With the Holiday season quickly approaching, it can only mean that one of Canadas great sporting traditions is right around the corner. The IIHF World Junior Championship has been a staple of the holidays amongst Canadians for many years. However, many of the players wearing the maple leaf first represented their Province or Territory at the Canada Games. Many players that go on to play for Canada at the World Juniors are Canada Games alumni says Tom Quinn, Canada Games Council Chairman. The Canada Games are a proven stepping stone to future success at the World Juniors, and even the Olympics. Names like Chris Pronger, Paul Kariya, Jay Bouwmeester, Sidney Crosby and Alex Pietrangelo have all used the magical experience they obtained at the Canada Games to propel themselves to international competition at the World Juniors and at the Olympics. An impressive 64% of this years team competing at the World Juniors are Canada Games alumni. Among them is Curtis Lazar, this years captain, who was widely considered as one of Team Canadas best players at last years tournament. The Canada Winter Games was an event I will never forget. It was my first opportunity to compete at a provincial level and to represent my province in national competition. says Curtis Lazar. The Canada Games allowed me to see how I matched up against my peers and really put me in a great spot moving forward in my hockey development. It was thee start of my competitive hockey career and has led me to chase my dream of playing in the NHL which I have recently achieved. [url=]Jalen Reeves-Maybin Womens Jersey[/url]. Another member of the team is Josh Morrissey, an offensive defenseman who helped team Alberta capture a bronze medal at the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax. He is another returnee to team Canada and will look to build on the experience he gained last year to help the team win Gold on home soil. The Canada Winter Games was an unbelievable experience that Ill never forget. As a young athlete having the chance to experience the highest competition on the biggeststage was really exciting says Josh Morrissey. It was also my first opportunity to see the best players of my age group throughout Canada and compete against them. It was an unparalleled experience for me that I will never forget and will cherish forever. Here is a look at the 14 Canada Games alumni that are part Team Canadas 22 man roster. 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