Wednesday , Jan , 28 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Struggling squads meet at Air Canada Centre

Toronto, ON(Sports Network) – Two struggling Eastern Conference squads meet
tonight, as the Philadelphia 76ers visit Vince Carter and the Toronto Raptors
at Air Canada Centre.

This is the third contest of the season between the two teams. The 76ers
defeated the Raptors, 81-75, on November 19 at Air Canada Centre, while
the Raptors beat Philadelphia, 95-88, on December 2 at the Wachovia
Center.

Philadelphia, which comes into tonight’s game on a three-game losing streak,
is expected to play its second straight game without All-Star guard Allen
Iverson.

Iverson is suffering from a sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament. The
Georgetown product has already missed 13 games this season because of injury.
Philadelphia is 5-8 without its All-Star guard this season.

On Tuesday, Philadelphia got crushed by the New Jersey Nets, 94-76, at the
Wachovia Center. Rookie Willie Green led the 76ers with a career-high 20
points.

Eric Snow finished with 13 points for the Sixers, who have lost six of their
last seven games. Philadelphia turned the ball over 23 times in the loss to
New Jersey.

The 76ers, who have lost two of their last three as the visitor, are 9-14 on
the road this season.

Toronto, which has not scored over 100 points in its last 16 games, enters
tonight’s contest having lost five straight games.

The Raptors fell to the Chicago Bulls, 96-89, on Sunday at the United Center.
Jalen Rose posted 22 points and Donyell Marshall scored 13 with seven rebounds
for the Raptors, who were led by rookie Chris Bosh’s 23 points and 10
rebounds.

Toronto, which has lost two of its last three at home, is 12-7 as the host
this season.

Philadelphia has won four in a row at Toronto. The road team has won four
straight and seven of the last eight meetings in this series.

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