PHILADELPHIA, April 6 (Ticker) -- Allen Iverson may have scored 48 points, but he won the game with his defense.

Iverson denied Cory Alexander the ball, leading to a turnover by Gerald Wallace, as the Philadelphia 76ers again held on for a 106-103 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.

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It was the 58th career 40-point game and eighth this season for Iverson, who is headed for his fourth scoring title. However, his biggest play came at the other end of the floor.

A 3-pointer by Iverson opened a 102-95 lead with 4:07 remaining, but the 76ers did not score from the field again and saw the lead dwindle to 104-103 on two free throws by Alexander with 34 seconds left.

Iverson, who made 17-of-31 shots and 13-of-14 free throws, missed a pull-up jumper and Samuel Dalembert inexplicably attempted a follow shot instead of running out the clock, giving the Bobcats possession with 11 seconds to go and a chance for a rare road win.

Charlotte wanted to inbound to Alexander, their backup point guard. Iverson first cut off the passing lane, then a possible handoff from Wallace, who was forced to create a shot. Dribbling left, he put it off his foot and out of bounds with 3.4 seconds to play.

"Allen did a great job of keeping the ball out of Alexander's hands, because they wanted to run a middle pick-and-roll," 76ers coach Jim O'Brien said. "We forced someone that they didn't want handling the basketball into a turnover. That was a big (stance) for us."

"Iverson just took over defensively at that last stretch. He denied the ball," Charlotte Coach Bernie Bickerstaff admitted.

Kyle Korver sank two free throws and Iverson swatted away a desperation pass before the horn, giving Philadelphia its second straight hair-raising win.

"Sometimes you get up on a team, but they keep fighting," Iverson said. "It is something we have to learn to deal with. We have to blow more people out to be able to deal with it."

Marc Jackson scored 13 point for the 76ers (37-37), who held onto eighth place in the Eastern Conference, moving within one game of Cleveland and they remained 3 1/2 games behind first-place Boston in the Atlantic Division.

"It has been since the first day of camp," Jackson said. "The first preseason game it happened. Every game, we were either down and came back or we were up and we let the lead slip. That is what we do. I would say it was a learning point, but come on now. There are 80 games in a season, yet we are still doing it."

On Sunday, Philadelphia built a 26-point first-quarter lead before hanging on for a 97-93 win at Boston.

Primoz Brezec had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Alexander scored 17 points for the Bobcats, who fell to 3-33 on the road and 5-15 in games decided by three points or less.

"We came back from 25 points, and had the ball on the last possession, and like last night (a 104-102 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers), we could not get it done," Brezec said. "It just hurts."

Alexander played 28 minutes as Jason Hart was sidelined with an illness and starting point guard Brevin Knight was ejected for arguing with 8:41 to play. Rookie Emeka Okafor was hit with a technical foul 27 seconds later, and Bickerstaff had to call a timeout to steady his team.

"Marc Jackson made a comment to me about us getting a technical foul for having six men on the court," Knight said. "I said to him, 'Marc, stop complaining. You are getting your calls.' Then I get thrown out. Then he (referee Scott Wall) proceeds to come to our bench and tell us that I used profanity. I never said one curse word. That was one of the most off-the-wall techs I have ever had in my career."

Whoever was playing point guard in the first half was torched by Iverson, who had 30 points, seven rebounds and seven assists as Philadelphia scored a season-high 66 points and took a 19-point lead to the locker room.

"We could not stop Allen Iverson," Wallace said. "He is the league's MVP, and we were just having a rough night."

But by that point, the Bobcats were already pecking away. They closed to 83-78 in the final minute of the third quarter and kept coming even after a three-point play by Iverson made it 95-85 with 8:03 to go.

"We were lucky enough to have the resiliency to hang tough when we let teams back into the game," O'Brien said. "We just did not move our feet to keep in front of them, and as a result they got a lot of easy baskets going to the foul line."