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Turner scores 25 as 76ers over Bobcats 104-98

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Turner scores 25 as 76ers over Bobcats 104-98

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Evan Turner scored 25 points, Jason Richardson hit four 3-pointers down the stretch and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Charlotte Bobcats 104-98 on Friday night for their third consecutive victory.

Jrue Holliday added 13 points and a career-high 15 assists for Philadelphia, which shot 51 percent from the field. Richardson had 14 of his 22 points in the final period, and Turner was 10 of 15 from the field for the game.

Philadelphia (10-6) had 54 points in the paint, most of those in the first half. Thaddeus Young had 15 points and Lavoy Allen contributed 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Ben Gordon led Charlotte with 19 points, and rookie Jeffery Taylor matched a career-high with 16 points.

The Bobcats (7-8) have dropped three straight and four of five to fall below .500.

Charlotte trailed most of the second half until Ramon Sessions' hustle play tied it at 81 with 9:17 left to play.

Sessions ran after a long rebound near the top of the key and tipped it over a 76ers player so he could grab it on his way up the court. He gathered the ball and drove to the basket. He missed the layup but grabbed the rebound before landing and put it back in, bringing the crowd to its feet.

But that's when Richardson began to heat up, hitting three 3-pointers to help push Philadelphia's lead to 95-87 with 3:55 left in the game.

Charlotte made one last run to pull within four with 1:11 left, and Richardson responded with a 3-pointer from the left corner to seal the victory.

The 76ers held a 54-50 lead after a tight first half that featured 15 lead changes.

Philadelphia pounded the ball inside and Young and Allen proved difficult to stop, combining for 21 points in the first half.

Gordon, who was 7-of-10 shooting from 3-point range and finished with 26 points in Wednesday's loss to Atlanta, picked up right where he left off. He made three first-half 3-pointers and led the Bobcats with 15 points at the break.

Kemba Walker finished with 13 points and nine rebounds for the Bobcats but had a reduced role, playing only 27 minutes. Walker had played more minutes than anyone on the team.

Holliday took Walker to the post a few times and Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap quickly made a move to go with Sessions.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, had 10 points and eight rebounds for the Bobcats.

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Possible playoff opponents for the Capitals are starting to come into focus

Possible playoff opponents for the Capitals are starting to come into focus

With their 3-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday, the Capitals' playoff future is starting to come into focus. Washington has only one game remaining and can finish in either third or fourth in the round robin standings. That limits the number of possible playoff opponents for the Caps when the games really start to matter.

First, before talking about who the Caps may play, it is important to remember why. Under the NHL's regular format, a normal year would see teams advance in a bracket, meaning each team knows going in they will be playing the winner of a specific matchup if they advance. This year, the NHL is going back to its old format of re-seeding after each round. This makes determining matchups a bit harder to figure out.

Here's what we know. The Caps are going to finish in the bottom half of the round robin meaning they will play one of the highest two seeded teams coming out of the qualifying round. The Carolina Hurricanes swept their qualifying round series against the New York Rangers. As the No. 6 seed coming in, Carolina is going to be one of the top two qualifying round teams.

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Washington's final seed will be determined by Sunday's game against the Boston Bruins. A win in regulation, overtime or a shootout will mean the Caps are No. 3, while a loss in any fashion will bump them down to No. 4.

The simplest scenario for Washington is that If the Pittsburgh Penguins rally to win their series against the Montreal Canadiens, the Caps are guaranteed to play either Pittsburgh or Carolina as the No. 5 and 6 seeds, respectively. It gets a little trickier if the Penguins lose. If that happens, the Hurricanes become the top qualifying team and will play No. 4. The top team behind them then becomes No. 6 which, as of now, could be the New York Islanders, Toronto Maple Leafs or the Columbus Blue Jackets.

So a rematch with the Hurricanes is a definite possibility for the Caps, as is a matchup with the rival Penguins.

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Max and Erica Scherzer announce ‘Nats for Masks’ initiative

Max and Erica Scherzer announce ‘Nats for Masks’ initiative

Max Scherzer and his wife, Erica, have announced the formation of a new organization called 'Nats for Masks' that will help provide masks to underprivileged and at-risk populations in DMV area.

As part of the initiative, the Scherzers will auction off some of their personal collection of memorabilia to support COVID-19 relief efforts in the DMV. Some of the auction items available included autographed game-used jerseys, caps, and even Max’s 2019 All-Star Game nameplate.

Giving back to the community is nothing new to the Scherzer family. As animal lovers, back in 2017 during the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the Scherzer’s rallied to cover adoption fees for all animals at the Washington-based Humane Rescue Alliance in order to make space for animals brought in from Houston.

Erica is also on the Board of Directors of the Humane Rescue Alliance, and Max has also contributed in the past in a PSA to raise awareness for the shelter.

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As if we needed another reason to adore the Scherzer family and what they do for our community, just add this to the list.

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