NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, December 30th (All times eastern)
Philadelphia 76ers (8-22) at Sacramento Kings (14-16), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia 76ers hope to build on a rare win tonight when they resume a six-game road trip in Sacramento.
Elton Brand notched a season-high 25 points on 11-of-16 shooting off the bench Monday to lead the Sixers in a 104-93 triumph over the Portland Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden.
Allen Iverson returned from a four-game absence while dealing with an arthritic knee to score 19 points and dish out five assists for Philadelphia, which produced the first win three games into its trek.
"I've been working, especially on my jumper, just trying to get my legs under me, get my legs stronger, so I can get that lift that I need," said Iverson.
Marreese Speights sank 7-of-8 from the field to lead a trio of Sixers with 14 points. Andre Iguodala and Samuel Dalembert also scored 14, with the former adding nine assists and the latter eight boards.
Philadelphia snapped a three-game slide overall for just its third win in the last 19 games.
"You need a lot of toughness out there. The whole problem has been defense, rebounding, things like that, so we need that toughness out there; we need to get those rebounds we need to go to the basket, get post catches, we need that sort of thing," said Brand.
The Kings, meanwhile, are coming off a big win over Denver on Monday. Andres Nocioni scored a season-high 21 points off the bench in that one as Sacramento captured a 106-101 win to improve to 11-5 at ARCO Arena.
With the win, Sacramento, which finished an NBA-worst 17-65 last year, already matched its win total on its home floor from last season when the club finished 11-30 as the host.
Donte Greene and Beno Udrih each added 17 points for the Kings, who finally got a win on their four-game homestand (1-2). They had lost their two previous games in overtime to Cleveland and the Lakers, respectively.
Jason Thompson added 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Omri Casspi had 11 points in the win.
"We knew how close we were to winning those games. We didn't want it to happen a third time in a row at home," said Thompson of the Kings' recent stretch. "We're a young team that has been learning through some growing pains. We want to be an elite team in this tough conference and you need wins like these, especially at home."
Star rookie Tyreke Evans, a Philadelphia-area native who leads all first-year players in scoring with 20.3 points per game, sat out the game against the Nuggets with a balky right ankle and remains questionable for tonight's contest.
The Sixers swept the home-and-home series between the two clubs last season and have won three in a row overall vs. the Kings.
12/30 10:42:42 ET