Sixers stop off in Windy City
(Sports Network) – The Philadelphia 76ers try to go into the All-Star break on
a high note this evening, as they visit the Chicago Bulls at the United Center
in the final game for both teams before this weekend’s festivities.
On Wednesday, Allen Iverson scored 42 points, including two pivotal buckets in
overtime, as the 76ers fought past San Antonio, 103-100, at the Wachovia
Iverson, who will be appearing in his seventh All-Star Game this weekend, has
averaged 32.2 points over his last five games since missing four in a row with
an ankle injury.
Andre Iguodala induced overtime with a rebound putback in the final seconds of
regulation and finished with 16 points and seven rebounds for Philadelphia,
which snapped a three-game slide.
The Sixers had a season-high 16 steals in the win, led by Chris Webber and
John Salmons, who each had five. Webber also had 21 points.
Philadelphia, which will host LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers out of
the break, has dropped two straight on the road and is 9-15 away from home
Chicago, meanwhile, comes in on a sour note after dropping a 105-101 home-
decision in overtime to the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday. Ben Gordon netted 30
points and Kirk Hinrich had 21 along with nine assists for the Bulls, who
suffered their sixth loss in eight outings.
The Bulls are now 2-9 in their last 11 games decided by five points or less
and 2-5 in overtime this season.
Tyson Chandler had 15 rebounds in the loss and has grabbed at least 10
rebounds in each of his last 10 games, averaging 10.1 boards during that
span.Dennis Rodman was the last Bull to grab at least 10 boards in 11 straight
games, accomplishing the feat from March 22-April 11, 1998.
Chicago, which is in the midst of a four-game homestand that will conclude
with visits from Milwaukee and Detroit out of the break, is 10-14 in its arena
The Sixers dropped the final two meetings of the season last year to the
Bulls, but have won eight of the last 11 matchups. Philly has also had success
in the Windy City, where it has won 10 of 12 and 11 of 14.