Wednesday , Nov , 30 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Sixers head to Beantown

(Sports Network) – Atlantic Division rivals meet tonight, as the Philadelphia
76ers stop off in Boston to battle with the Celtics at TD Banknorth Garden.

The Celtics have won four of the last seven meetings in this series.
Philadelphia has won two in a row at Boston.

The Celtics have struggled as of late, as they have dropped three of four and
five of their last seven games overall. Boston plays the third leg of a four
game homestand.

On Monday, Steve Francis scored 19 points and Jameer Nelson added 16 points
off the bench, as the Orlando Magic knocked off the Celtics, 87-83, at TD
Banknorth Garden. Boston is 1-1 on its current swing as it defeated
Charlotte, 90-89, in game one of the stand.

Ricky Davis had 22 points and six assists in the loss to Orlando for the
Celtics, while Paul Pierce tallied 16 points with 13 rebounds in defeat.
Boston shot 42.9 percent from the field and a dismal 16.7 percent from beyond
the arc.

Boston is 5-4 at home this season. The Celtics wrap up their homestand on
Friday against the Chicago Bulls.

Philadelphia begins a three-game road trip tonight. On Tuesday, Allen Iverson
poured in 38 points and grabbed eight rebounds to help Philadelphia head coach
Maurice Cheeks beat his former team, as the 76ers routed the Portland Trail
Blazers, 107-83, at the Wachovia Center.

Cheeks, who coached the Blazers for four years before being fired last March,
received a solid rebounding effort from his team on Tuesday, as the Sixers
posted just their second win in six games.

Chris Webber had 16 points and 15 boards in the win over Portland for the
Sixers, while Kyle Korver added 16 points for Philadelphia. John Salmons
tallied 13 points for the Sixers, who held a 60-30 advantage on the glass.

The Sixers are 2-4 on the road this season. They will visit New
Orleans/Oklahoma City on Friday and will closeout the swing on Saturday at San