Philadelphia 76ers Team Report – March 30
=== Philadelphia 76ers Team Report – March 30 ===
(Sports Network) – The Sixers’ murderous road trip comes to an end this
evening, when they tangle with the red hot Phoenix Suns at America West Arena.
This will be the second and final meeting of the season between the Sixers and
Suns. On November 5th, Phoenix defeated Philadelphia, 108-98, at the Wachovia
Philadelphia has split its first two on its current West coast swing,
including a tough 118-109 loss to Sacramento at ARCO Arena on Monday night.
Chris Webber returned to his old stomping grounds for the first time since his
trade before the deadline, registering 20 points on just 8-of-26 shooting and
10 rebounds. The 31-year-old Webber, who had been with Sacramento since 1998,
has helped the Sixers to a 9-6 record since the deal.
All-Star Allen Iverson finished with 34 points on 14-of-31 shooting and also
handed out a game-high eight assists. Samuel Dalembert recorded 16 points, 16
boards and five blocked shots in the loss to Sacramento for the Sixers, who
still have won five of their last seven overall.
Iverson has scored more than 30 points in seven of his last eight games, and
has played more than 40 minutes in all of those contests. The Georgetown
product is averaging 31.7 points and 8.6 assists in his last 10 outings.
The Sixers are trying hold on to the eighth and final playoff spot in the
Eastern Conference, as they lead No. 9 Orlando by two games. Philadelphia is
only one game behind the Indiana Pacers for No. 7.
The Sixers, who return home on Friday to host the Dallas Mavericks, are 15-21
as the visitor this season. Philadelphia is 5-5 in its last 10 contests on the
After hosting Dallas, Philadelphia will return to the road for a showdown with
Boston at the FleetCenter on Sunday. The Sixers have won both of their
meetings with the Celtics this season.