Iverson-less Sixers travel to Orlando
=== Iverson-less Sixers travel to Orlando ===
(Sports Network) – The Philadelphia 76ers will once again be without guard
Allen Iverson this evening when they visit the Orlando Magic at the TD
A sprained left ankle forced Iverson out of the lineup for the first time this
season on Saturday, as Chris Webber poured in 21 points, pulled down 10
rebounds and swatted away three shots to lead Philadelphia to a 91-76 win over
the New York Knicks at the Wachovia Center.
John Salmons pitched in with 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for
Philadelphia while Iverson’s replacement, Kevin Ollie, played a wonderful
floor game. The veteran only scored six points but had five assists and no
turnovers while keeping everyone involved to help the Sixers to their fourth
win in their past five games,
Iverson, who is second in the NBA in scoring at 33.6 points per game, suffered
the injury in Thursday’s overtime loss to Orlando.
The Sixers, who will return home for two games after tonight’s encounter, are
7-13 away from home this season.
Orlando, meanwhile, comes in on a sour note after falling to the Knicks,
97-94, on Friday at Madison Square Garden. Steve Francis had 36 points to lead
the Magic, who had a five-game winning streak come to a halt.
Hedo Turkoglu added 16 points and Dwight Howard had 10 points and 14 boards
for Orlando, which got off to a slow start before picking it up in the fourth.
The Magic were once again without the services of guard Jameer Nelson, who
missed his fourth straight game with a foot sprain. He will be a game-time
Orlando is already missing forwards Grant Hill (rehabbing from sports hernia
surgery) and Bo Outlaw (sprained left knee)and center Kelvin Cato (sprained
right ankle). Hill, though, could return at week’s end.
The Magic, who close a brief two-game homestand on Wednesday against the Los
Angeles Clippers, are 12-9 as the home team this season.
Orlando has won three of its last four and five of its last seven meetings
with the Sixers. Philly has also dropped three straight and six of its last
nine in Orlando.