NBA Preview from The Sports Network |
Tuesday, December 26th
(All times eastern)
Philadelphia 76ers (7-19) at Golden State Warriors (14-15), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The new-look Philadelphia 76ers start a seven-game road
trip, as they visit the Golden State Warriors tonight at ORACLE Arena.
This is the first of two meetings between the clubs this season. The Sixers
are scheduled to host Golden State on February 2, 2007 at the Wachovia Center.
These teams have split the last eight contests in Oakland. Golden State has
won two of three and five of the last eight meetings in this series.
Philadelphia enters tonight's contest on a two-game winning streak. On
Saturday, Andre Iguodala scored 20 points as the 76ers crushed the New York
Knicks, 98-77, at the Wachovia Center.
Chris Webber posted 18 points and nine rebounds in the win over New York for
the Sixers, who won their second straight and finally had newly-acquired Andre
Miller and Joe Smith in uniform. The two were obtained from Denver last
Tuesday along with a pair of first-round picks for All-Star guard Allen
Iverson and forward Ivan McFarlin.
Miller finished with nine points and 11 assists, while Smith had four points
and seven rebounds. Kyle Korver scored 16 points and Samuel Dalembert added 11
points and eight boards in the victory.
The Sixers are a dismal 3-12 on the road this season. They will also visit
Sacramento, Portland, the Lakers, Denver, Utah and Minnesota on the current
Golden State tries to get back on the winning track as it opens a short two-
game homestand. Jason Kapono came up huge off the bench for Miami, scoring a
career-high 27 points to lead the Heat to a 105-92 win over the Warriors at
Matt Barnes had 20 points, 12 boards and five assists in the loss to Miami for
the Warriors, who ended a six-game road trip with a 2-4 record. Golden State
suffered an even bigger loss in the third quarter, losing Monta Ellis to a
right shoulder injury.
Ellis, who is averaging 17.1 points and 4.1 assists per game this season, is
expected to miss tonight's contest.
The Warriors are 11-5 at home this season. They will host the Boston Celtics
12/26 11:18:17 ET