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Wednesday, March 18th (All times eastern)

Philadelphia 76ers (34-31) at Phoenix Suns (36-31), 10 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia 76ers hope to build on one of their biggest wins of the season when they resume a key five-game road trip Wednesday against the Phoenix Suns.

The Sixers won a thriller in Hollywood on Tuesday, when Andre Iguodala knocked down a game-winning three-pointer just before the final buzzer sounded as Philadelphia nipped the Los Angeles Lakers, 94-93, at Staples Center.

Iguodala, who missed his previous six attempts from beyond the arc prior to nailing the game-winner, finished with 25 points for the Sixers, who were coming off a perfect three-game homestand and are now 1 1/2 games behind Miami for the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

"It felt good," Iguodala said of the game-winner. "Coach [Tony DiLeo] drew up a play, and I said, 'No. I am going to win the game.' You have to have confidence in yourself. I didn't want to go into overtime. We got out of here with a win and that's the main thing."

Lou Williams chipped in 18 points and six assists for Philadelphia, while seldom-used veteran Donyell Marshall provided a big spark off the bench for the second straight game by hitting all three of his tries from three-point range in the fourth quarter. Marshall also scored all 10 of his points in the fourth quarter on Sunday, as Philadelphia capped their recent residency with an 85-77 victory over the Heat.

The Sixers, who are now 14-17 on the road, will also visit Golden State, Sacramento and Portland on their trip.

The Suns, who are opening a four-game homestand, won their second straight contest Sunday in Oakland, where Jason Richardson scored 31 points against his former team and Phoenix used accurate shooting to pick up a 154-130 blowout win over the Golden State Warriors.

Richardson was 11-of-15 from the field for the Suns, who shot 62.1 percent on the way to their second straight triumph following a six-game slide. Another sx-Warrior, Matt Barnes, added 20 points, 11 assists and six rebounds for Phoenix, which attained the highest point total in the NBA this season.

Shaquille O'Neal netted 26 points on 11-of-13 shooting for the Suns, who are now 4 1/2 games behind Dallas for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Leandro Barbosa scored 21 in the win.

Phoenix, which is 20-13 at US Airways Center, will also host Washington, Denver and Utah on its residency.

Philadelphia has won three of the last four meetings in this series, including a 108-91 rout in the City of Brotherly Love earlier this season.

03/18 10:42:05 ET


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