NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, April 5rd (All times eastern)
Philadelphia 76ers (40-35) at New Jersey Nets (31-45), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Atlantic Division rivals clash in New Jersey Sunday as the Philadelphia 76ers make the short trek up I-95 to take on the Nets.
The Sixers clinched a postseason berth with a win over Detroit on Saturday in the City of Brotherly Love. Andre Iguodala scored a season-high 31 points and grabbed nine rebounds in that one, as Philadelphia downed the Pistons, 95-90.
The Sixers are now locked in a virtual tie with Miami for the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff picture, two games behind Atlanta for the fourth seed.
"I credit it to the team. When I took over this (playoffs) was a goal we set. It's great and I am happy for them," said Philadelphia head coach Tony DiLeo after the game.
Andre Miller added 21 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds for Philadelphia, which won its third straight game and sixth in eight tries. It was the ninth career triple-double for the underrated Miller. Lou Williams donated 15 points and Marreese Speights 10 in the win.
The struggling Nets, meanwhile, lost for the sixth time in seven games Saturday in Chicago when Ben Gordon netted a team-high 18 points and made a big three-pointer in the final minute, lifting the Bulls closer to a playoff berth with a 103-94 victory over New Jersey.
Brook Lopez carried New Jersey with 20 points and 10 rebounds while fellow rookie Ryan Anderson finished with 17 and 10 in the setback.
Devin Harris logged 14 points, eight boards and five assists, while Vince Carter was held to four points on 2-of-10 shooting for the fading Nets, who need nothing short of a miracle to make up a five-game deficit on Detroit with six games to play for the last playoff spot in the East.
New Jersey will be officially eliminated from postseason play for the second straight season tonight if they lose to the 76ers or the Pistons defeat Charlotte.
Despite their struggles the Nets have owned the Sixers this season, winning three straight. Another triumph tonight would give New Jersey its first ever season sweep of Philadelphia.
04/05 10:53:18 ET