Allen's 22 rebounds lead 76ers past Bobcats 87-76
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The 76ers' arena has breezed through four names in its history. Jeremy Pargo gave it an unofficial fifth.
After Pargo's debut, fans posted on Twitter the Wells Fargo Center should be renamed the Wells Pargo Center.
"I'd love for that to be the real name," a smiling Pargo said. "That means I'd be doing well."
He had a pretty nice start.
Lavoy Allen had 14 points and a career-high 22 rebounds, Jrue Holiday scored 20 points and Pargo had 12 to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to an 87-76 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday night.
The Sixers improved to 5-2 on their eight-game homestand that ends Monday against the Los Angeles Clippers. The solid showing at home has helped the Sixers inch closer to the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.
No one could have guessed at the start they'd have Pargo to thank. Pargo signed a 10-day contract this week after he was waived by Cleveland.
Wearing No. 0, Pargo was a pleasant surprise, playing 29 minutes and injecting a needed dose of fun and energy off the bench.
"I got comfortable," he said.
Pargo had started 11 of his 25 games played with the Cavaliers and averaged 7.8 points. He even scored a career-high 28 against the Sixers in November.
"I forgive him after tonight," Allen said. "I was a little mad at the time."
With only a 10-day contract to prove his worth, Pargo hit a string of big baskets over the third and fourth, shooting 4 of 9 overall and adding six assists.
He had the play of the game when he drove the length of the court for a right-handed layup and a foul. He gave a playful smile and a wink to fans on the baseline, then sank the free throw for a 16-point lead.
"Y'all caught that? It was just in the moment," a laughing Pargo said.
Pargo wowed the crowd again in the fourth with a one-handed reverse that kept the lead at double-digits. The 6-foot-2 guard out of Gonzaga was cheered late each time he touched the ball.
He did get whistled for a technical foul in the fourth, which comes with a fine — a hit to the wallet a player on a 10-day deal might not want.
"I told the ref, 'He's throwing the ball,'" he said. "That was completely it. I don't know if he got mad at me from something earlier."
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