Bobcats F Corey Maggette out with back injury


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Bobcats forward Corey Maggette will sit out against the Philadelphia 76ers with a back injury.

Maggette, Charlotte's leading scorer this season at 15.8 points per game, injured his back diving for a ball during Saturday night's win over Toronto. Coach Paul Silas says he's optimistic Maggette will be back in action Friday night when the Bobcats host Maggette's former team, the Milwaukee Bucks.

Maggette, who is also battling an illness and was sent home early on Monday, has three days off to rest and recover.

Reggie Williams, averaging 8.6 points per game, gets the start in place of Maggette.