It took the Charlotte Bobcats 791 games to win three by 30 or more points. It took them six more to raise that number to five.

The 30-point home victory against the playoff-bound Portland Trail Blazers was a stunner. Wednesday’s 123-93 victory against the Philadelphia 76ers? Not so much.

The Sixers (16-59) are dreadful, and intentionally so. The front office gutted the roster at the trade deadline in apparent pursuit of an optimum pick in the 2014 NBA draft. The Bobcats went the anti-tanking route, signing veteran center Al Jefferson in July.

Jefferson continued to be the team’s dominant force. In 31 minutes he totaled 25 points and 10 rebounds, making nine of 17 shots from the field.

His reward? He and the other four starters never had to leave the bench in the fourth quarter.

“It starts with me,” Jefferson said of taking charge of the team. “I’ve only been (to the playoffs) twice, but a lot of these guys have never been. I’ve got to show them the way.”

That mission is almost complete for the 37-38 Bobcats. By the team’s count, any combination of three Charlotte victories and losses by the ninth-place New York Knicks clinches the second playoff berth in franchise history.

However, the seventh-place Bobcats didn’t make up any ground on the sixth-place Washington Wizards, who won by 26 against the Boston Celtics. The Bobcats would have to make up a two-game deficit to the Wizards over the remaining seven games to get to sixth.