Monday , Mar , 29 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Philadelphia 76ers Team Report – March 29

=== Philadelphia 76ers Team Report – March 29 ===

(Sports Network) – The Philadelphia 76ers slim playoff hopes took a big hit
on Sunday, as they were on the wrong end of an 89-65 decision to the Boston
Celtics at the FleetCenter.

Kenny Thomas posted 18 points and grabbed nine boards for the 76ers, who fell
to 2 1/2 games behind Boston for the final spot. Philadelphia has lost nine of
its last 10 on the road, including five straight, and are 20-17 away from home
this season.

All-Star guard Allen Iverson missed his fourth straight game for Philly with a
sore right knee. In the last nine games the Sixers played without Iverson,
Chris Ford’s squad is 7-2. Iverson, the team’s leading scorer, has missed a
career-high 26 contests this season and the 76ers are 12-14 overall without
him.

The Sixers could have used their former MVP in this one, as they never got it
going offensively and produced a season-low in point production.

Philadelphia trailed 20-14 after the opening 12 minutes and then only scored
nine points in the second quarter as it went into the intermission down 42-23.
The 23 first-half points were a franchise low.

The Sixers went 6:33 in the first quarter without a field goal, but went on an
even worse drought over the second and third frames. Philadelphia went 10:03
without a field goal to get in a 46-25 hole.

Philadelphia, which dropped to 1-8 in Sunday games this season, will return to
action on Tuesday when they host the Golden State Warriors.

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