Friday , Jan , 30 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Hornets visit City of Brotherly Love

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – The New Orleans Hornets go for their
fourth straight win tonight when they visit the struggling Philadelphia 76ers
at the Wachovia Center.

This is the third meeting between the two teams this season. New Orleans beat
the Sixers, 106-99, in overtime on November 5, 2003 at the Wachovia Center,
while Philadelphia defeated the Hornets, 92-86, on January 21, 2004 at New

The 76ers are expected to have their leading scorer Allen Iverson back in the
lineup tonight. The All-Star guard has been sidelined the last two game with a
sprained right index finger. Philadelphia is 5-9 this season without Iverson.

On Thursday, Iverson was officially named a starting guard for the Eastern
Conference for February 15th’s All-Star Game in Los Angeles.

Glenn Robinson, who voiced his displeasure with his playing time in Tuesday’s
home loss to New Jersey, is averaging 20.9 points per game in Philadelphia’s
last eight games.

Philadelphia, which has lost four straight at home, has dropped four in a row
overall. The 76ers are 10-12 at the Wachovia Center this season.

On Wednesday, Jamal Mashburn made his season debut and scored 24 points off
the bench, including his team’s final 13, as New Orleans edged the Milwaukee
Bucks, 101-100, at New Orleans Arena.

Mashburn, who was activated from the injured list on Tuesday, had missed the
first 44 games of the season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery in training
camp to remove loose particles in his right knee. The Kentucky product ended
10-of-19 from the field in 34 minutes.

Baron Davis, who returned after missing three games with an ankle injury,
scored 23 points and handed out 10 assists in the win for the Hornets, who
have won four of their last six games. Jamaal Magloire finished with 16 points
and 10 rebounds in the victory.

New Orleans is 12-11 on the road this season.

The Hornets, who have won two of their last three contests with the 76ers,
have won two straight and three of their last four at Philadelphia.