NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, February 5th (All times eastern)
Philadelphia 76ers (17-31) at New Orleans Hornets (26-23), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia 76ers will try for their first three-game winning streak of the season when they pay a visit to the New Orleans Hornets Friday night in the Big Easy.
The 76ers posted their second straight win for the fifth time this season last night with a 106-103 overtime triumph versus the Chicago Bulls at the Wachovia Center. Andre Iguodala finished with 25 points, eight rebounds and eight assists and buried the go-ahead three-pointer late in OT for the Sixers, who last won three in a row from March 31 - April 4, 2009.
Elton Brand had 26 points and nine boards, while Samuel Dalembert chipped in 10 points and 13 rebounds in a winning effort. Brand is averaging 19.3 ppg over the past six games and Dalembert has grabbed 10-plus boards in 12 straight games, the longest stretch of his career. Willie Green netted 15 points in Wednesday's win.
"That's a nice win...It's nice to get two in a row," Green said.
Philadelphia will also pay a visit to Houston and owns a 9-15 ledger away from the City of Brotherly Love this season. Sixers guard Allen Iverson missed the win over Chicago to tend to his sick son and is listed as probable for Friday. In 25 games since his return to Philly, Iverson has averaged 14.4 ppg.
The Hornets, meanwhile, continue to toil without top guard Chris Paul the last three games and hope to close out a three-game homestand on a winning note. They have lost the first two tests of this residency and three straight overall as the host, including Wednesday's 103-99 setback versus the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Marcus Thornton scored 22 points to lead the Hornets, who have lost three of four overall. Peja Stojakovic and David West each provided 15 points, while Emeka Okafor had 14 points and 12 rebounds in defeat. Darren Collison has been filling in for Paul and recorded nine points and nine assists. The rookie Collison is averaging 14.6 points, 8.4 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game in 11 games as a starter.
"We just couldn't make plays down the stretch to close the game out," West said. "We tried to come out and be aggressive, but it just went in a different direction in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, we couldn't pull it out."
James Posey had eight points and season-highs with 10 rebounds and six assists for New Orleans, which announced Wednesday that Paul would undergo knee surgery and miss an extended amount of time. Also, Thornton is questionable for Friday's game with a bruised lower back.
Philadelphia defeated New Orleans, 96-92, on January 11 this season at the Wachovia Center behind Dalembert's go-ahead shot with 25.5 seconds remaining in the game. The win snapped a four-game slide in the series for the 76ers, who have dropped two straight and 22 of their last 28 at the Hornets.
02/05 10:41:20 ET