CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 19 (Ticker) -- The Charlotte Bobcats can't wait to get next season started.

Matt Carroll scored 24 points and Melvin Ely added 18 as the Bobcats won their franchise-record fourth straight game, a 96-86 triumph over the Philadelphia 76ers.

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Finishing with an eight-win improvement from their inaugural season, the Bobcats (26-56) took three of the four meetings against the 76ers and won six games in a month for the first time in team history.

"It was a great way to end things, especially getting those four in a row," Carroll said. "It gives us a lot of momentum going into the offseason so that every player can personally improve and take it right into next season. We're going to build on that."

"We're going to be just fine next year," Bobcats rookie guard Raymond Felton said. "We're going to be a playoff team next year as long as we're healthy. There's no question in my mind about that."

Charlotte took the lead for good with a 17-5 run bridging the third and fourth quarters. Ely scored eight points and Kevin Burleson added five for a 78-66 edge with 8:10 left.

"They finished it the right way," Charlotte coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "I think it's a group of young men that maximized what they had. Everything they had, they gave. They just kept fighting."

Carroll made 8-of-13 shots, including four 3-pointers, and Felton scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Charlotte, which forced 24 turnovers.

"(Carroll) shot it without hesitation tonight and that's important," Bickerstaff said. "What's more important is they were getting him the ball and he should have had the ball. When he has the ball or when he comes off a screen, that makes it better for everybody else."

John Salmons scored 19 points and Andre Iguodala added 17 for the 76ers, who shot nearly 53 percent (32-of-61) from the floor but were outrebounded, 39-32.

"The coaches said we could (win 25 games)," Carroll said. "They gave us some confidence in that. Our captains and leaders on this team stepped up. Everyone believed we could do it. It was just a matter of going out there and leaving it all on the line and taking advantage of the opportunity that we have."

Playing again without injured stars Allen Iverson - the league's second-leading scorer - and Chris Webber, Philadelphia (38-44) ended the season losing three of its last four contests.

"We had a lot of disappointment in the season," Philadelphia coach Maurice Cheeks said. "We thought we'd be a little better, but you just have to sit back and see it what it is and see how we get better at it. When things go wrong, there's a reason why they go wrong and you look and see and try to figure out what the reasons were and you work on them."