NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, January 31st (All times eastern)
Philadelphia 76ers (15-31) at New Jersey Nets (4-41), 6 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia 76ers hope to catch a break this evening, when they pay a visit to the lowly New Jersey Nets at the IZOD Center.
The Sixers played tough in Friday's 99-91 home loss to the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers, as Allen Iverson pumped in 21 of his 23 points in the second half for Philadelphia, which has lost three straight and five of its last seven games.
Elton Brand had 19 points and nine boards, while Samuel Dalembert collected 10 points and 12 rebounds in defeat.
"I thought our interior defense was phenomenal," said Sixers head coach Eddie Jordan. "Elton and Samuel were terrific. I thought Andre was terrific against Kobe, making it tough, and that sort of spurred the defense for us."
Philly is only 8-15 away from home this season.
New Jersey suffered its 41st loss of the season, an 81-79 decision at the hands of the Washington Wizards on Friday night.
Courtney Lee had 19 points and Brook Lopez recorded 17 points, eight rebounds and four blocks for the Nets, who failed to build on its fourth victory of the season against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.
"I was just trying to be assertive," Lee said of his 17-point first half. "My teammates were doing a good job of driving and penetrating and finding the open man. Luckily I was the guy on the end of that and I was just able to knock down open shots."
The Nets have lost 12 of their last 13 games and fell to 1-1 on a four-game homestand. They own a 3-18 ledger as the host this season. In injury news for New Jersey, guard Devin Harris is doubtful for Sunday's game with a sprained wrist and has missed three straight games.
Philadelphia has won the first two meetings with New Jersey this season after losing all four matchups a year ago. The Sixers have lost nine of 13 and 10 of their last 16 contests in the Meadowlands.
01/31 10:32:27 ET