Philadelphia 76ers Team Report – April 12
=== Philadelphia 76ers Team Report – April 12 ===
(Sports Network) – The Philadelphia 76ers hope to remain in the race for the
Atlantic Division title tonight, when they battle the arch-rival Boston
Celtics in a huge contest at the Wachovia Center.
Boston currently owns a two-game advantage over Philadelphia in the Atlantic
standings with six games to play. If the Sixers were able to either catch
or surpass Boston, they would win the division thanks to the head-to-head
tiebreaker. The Sixers have swept three meetings this season and have won five
of eight overall in the set.
Philadelphia could finish anywhere from the top of the division to out of the
postseason. The Sixers currently sit eighth in the East, 1 1/2 games ahead of
New Jersey and a half-contest back of seventh place Cleveland.
Philadelphia has a pair of injured superstars in Allen Iverson (thumbs) and
Chris Webber (shoulder), who will likely be game-time decisions for tonight’s
contest. Iverson missed the last game with a swollen thumb, while Webber has
sat out the past five contests. Webber left Monday’s practice due to sickness
and Iverson didn’t even participate.
The Sixers are riding a season-high, four-game win streak, their longest such
hot streak since winning four straight March 6-12 last season. Philadelphia
continued its improved play on Saturday, stunning the Washington Wizards,
112-106, without Iverson and Webber at the MCI Center.
Marc Jackson, Andre Iguodala and Willie Green had 20 points apiece in the
victory for the Sixers. Green dished out nine assists, grabbed four rebounds
and snagged three steals in 38 minutes of action.
Samuel Dalembert netted 18 points and Rodney Rogers had 17 for Philadelphia,
while Kyle Korver tacked on 10 points. Dalembert also corralled eight rebounds
in the win.
Philadelphia shot 50.6 percent from the field, including 8-of-23 (.348) from
three-point range. The Sixers hit 18-of-23 (.783) from the free throw line,
while only committing 11 turnovers.
The Sixers, who have four of their final six games at home, are 22-15 in their
friendly confines this season. Philadelphia has won four of five and six of
its last eight home games.
Philadelphia’s week won’t get any easier on Thursday, as it has to host the
East-leading Miami Heat. The Sixers will then hit the road to face Indiana
(Friday) and New Jersey (Sunday).