Saturday , Mar , 31 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Nets welcome Sixers to the Meadowlands

(Sports Network) – The New Jersey Nets try to continue their push towards
earning a playoff berth, as they welcome the Philadelphia 76ers tonight to
Continental Airlines Arena.

New Jersey is the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race, two
games ahead of No. 9 Indiana for the final berth in the postseason.
Philadelphia still has slim playoff hopes, as it trails the Nets by four
games.

This is the fourth and final meeting between the clubs this season. The Sixers
are 2-1 against New Jersey and have captured the last two meetings, both at
the Wachovia Center.

Philadelphia has lost five of seven and six of its last 10 at New Jersey.

The Nets open a short two-game homestand. On Friday, Chauncey Billups posted
32 points and 14 assists as the Detroit Pistons kept the rest of the Central
Division at arms length with a 110-105 win over New Jersey at The Palace of
Auburn Hills.

Vince Carter posted 27 points and seven rebounds for the Nets, while rookie
Josh Boone netted 17 and Mikki Moore scored 16 in defeat. Richard Jefferson
ended with 13 points for New Jersey, which had a two-game winning streak
halted.

New Jersey, which has won two of its last three at the Meadowlands, is 19-17
at home this season. The Nets will host the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday at
Continental Airlines Arena.

The 76ers play the first of a two-game road trip. Kyle Korver poured in 26
points off the bench as the 76ers held on to beat the Boston Celtics, 88-82,
in a battle of the two worst teams in the Atlantic Division at the Wachovia
Center.

Andre Iguodala finished with 23 points and 12 assists, while Samuel Dalembert
contributed 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Sixers, who have won three of
their last four games overall.

Philadelphia, which has dropped three of its last four as the visitor, is just
10-26 on the road this season. The 76ers are scheduled to visit the New York
Knicks on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.

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