Monday, January 02, 2006

76ers at Kings

Philadelphia 76ers will play against the Sacramento Kings in a promising game tomorrow. Iverson team will meet Sacramento at ARCO Arena.

It's good to remember that the Kings have not lost to the Sixers since a 107-104 overtime decision on Dec. 30, 2000, going 4-0 at home over that span and averaging 104.8 points per contest at that time.

Philadelphia is 1-3 during a season-long seven-game road trip that includes six consecutive matches against Western Conference opponents.

The Sixers made 37 points from Allen Iverson and 21 from Webber, but continued to struggle in the paint in a 108-102 loss Saturday to the Utah Jazz.

Allen squad was outrebounded 43-34, including 13-6 in offensive boards - and has been outrebounded in each of its losses this season.

Iverson has been on a scoring tear on the road trip, averaging 38.5 points per game on 46.8 percent shooting. He started the trip by scoring a season-high 53 points in the Sixers` 111-108 loss Dec. 23 to the Atlanta Hawks.

``We just didn`t finish the game off,`` said Iverson, who had the opportunity to tie the game against the Jazz in the final seconds but had his shot partially blocked. ``We`ve been having that problem all season. Our problem is just stopping people and rebounding the basketball. Until we get that under control, we`re going to continue to struggle through 2006 as well.``

The league`s leading scorer at 34.2 points per game, Iverson has averaged 28.9 points in 17 games against the Kings in his career.

He scored 50 points the last time the Sixers beat Sacramento at home, connecting on 20 of 40 shots in a 119-108 win on Feb. 6, 2000.