Thursday , Mar , 09 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Nuggets open season-long road trip in Philly

=== Nuggets open season-long road trip in Philly ===

(Sports Network) – The Denver Nuggets embark on a season-long seven-game road
trip tonight when they visit the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wachovia Center.

Denver, which has won two in a row and seven of its last 10 games, is
currently seeded third in the Western Conference playoff race.

In the last game on Monday versus Memphis, Carmelo Anthony scored 35 points in
a 115-101 triumph over the Grizzlies. He sank 15-of-22 shots from the field to
lead Denver to its sixth straight win over Memphis. The Nuggets have won three
of four overall.

On an injury note for the Nuggets, forward Kenyon Martin missed his second
straight game Monday because of a knee injury. He has missed 16 games this
season and is uncertain for Denver’s road tilt in Philly.

The Nuggets are 2-5 in their last seven road games and 12-16 as the guest this
season. After Monday’s game, Denver will play at Toronto, Boston, New York,
Indiana, Memphis and New Orleans/Oklahoma City.

Philadelphia, meanwhile, blew a fourth-quarter lead Wednesday night at Boston
and dropped a 104-101 decision. Celtics star Paul Pierce has been on fire
lately, burying the go-ahead three-pointer late in the game and finishing with
his sixth career triple-double.

Pierce had 31 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in the comeback victory.

Allen Iverson registered 32 points and Chris Webber contributed 18 points and
seven boards in the setback for the Sixers, losers of two straight and three
of their last five games.

Iverson is second in the NBA in scoring with a 33.4 average and has scored 30
points or more in six of his last seven games. The 76ers are 4-3 in that span.

With the loss, the Sixers are seventh in the East despite having the same
record as the Washington Wizards, who are sixth in the conference and have
beaten Philadelphia twice in three games so far this season.

After Monday’s home game against the Nuggets, Philly will play six of its next
10 games on the road.

The 76ers are 4-1 in their last five home games and own a 19-12 mark at the
Wachovia Center this season.

Philadelphia won the first meeting of the season with Denver by a 108-106
score on December 27 at the Pepsi Center. Iverson buried a jumper with 4.2
seconds left and ended with 36 points. Webber added 32 points, 15 boards and
seven assists, while Anthony posted 45 points for Denver.

The Sixers have won two of the last three meetings against the Nuggets, who
have dropped five of seven and eight of their last 12 in Philadelphia.