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Friday, February 27th (All times eastern)

Philadelphia 76ers (28-28) at New York Knicks (24-33), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The last time the Philadelphia 76ers swept the rival New York Knicks in a regular-season series was during the 1985-86 campaign, when Charles Barkley, Julius Erving and Moses Malone were on the floor together. New York drafted perennial All-Star center Patrick Ewing that year as well, so it's been a while since the Knicks lost all of their regular-season matchups to the Sixers.

Tonight the two Atlantic Division foes collide at historic Madison Square Garden, with the Sixers aiming to go 4-0 in the series.

Philadelphia has won four straight, eight of nine and 12 of its past 14 matchups against the Knicks, who have a shot at winning considering their 8-4 mark in the 12 most recent contests versus the Sixers at home.

Philadelphia ended a four-game losing streak with a 106-98 victory at Washington on Wednesday, as Andre Iguodala came close to a triple-double with 22 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds in a winning effort. Samuel Dalembert had 11 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks for the Sixers, who won all four games against Washington this season in completing a series sweep of the Wizards for the first time since 2002-03.

Andre Miller tallied 17 points and seven assists while Lou Williams scored 16 off the bench for Philadelphia. Miller is averaging 20.3 points per game over his last four outings, and Williams is averaging 16.0 ppg in the past five.

The 76ers, who sit sixth in the Eastern Conference, are 1-2 on a four-game trek and 11-16 away from the Wachovia Center this season.

Meanwhile, New York has dropped two of three and eight of its last 11 games, including Wednesday's 114-109 loss versus Orlando. Dunk champion Nate Robinson totaled 32 points in 36 minutes off the bench and Wilson Chandler chipped in 27 points for the Knicks, who are 2 1/2 games off the eighth and final playoff position in the East.

Robinson recorded his fifth 30-point game over the last seven contests and is averaging 29.8 points in the past five.

Al Harrington had 26 points for the Knicks and David Lee earned his 46th double-double of the season with 10 points and as many boards. It was also Lee's 21st consecutive double-double.

New York is 1-1 on a three-game homestand and 17-13 at MSG this season.

02/27 10:57:26 ET


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