NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, December 6th (All times eastern)
Philadelphia 76ers (6-10) at Atlanta Hawks (2-14), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia 76ers finish up their five-game road trip tonight, as they visit the lowly Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena.
The Sixers are 0-4 on the road swing. On Saturday, Philadelphia was handed a 77-76 loss by the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center. Allen Iverson had 20 points and eight assists for the Sixers, who have lost seven straight away from home. Marc Jackson and Kenny Thomas each netted 14 in the loss.
A three-pointer by Scott Padgett gave Houston a 72-71 edge with 3:13 remaining in the fourth and Bobby Sura followed with another three that made it 75-71 with 2:05 to play. But an Iverson free throw and a driving dunk by Thomas brought the Sixers to within a point with 1:16 to play. Two free throws by Jackson then put the Sixers back in front, 76-75, with 37 seconds left. However, Tracy McGrady's jumper with 25.6 seconds left put the Rockets on top to stay.
Jackson has scored in double-digits in seven straight games. He is averaging 17.9 points and 7.1 rebounds in that span.
Philadelphia is just 1-7 on the road this season.
The Hawks start a brief two-game homestand tonight. Atlanta will host Pau Gasol and the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.
Atlanta was embarrassed by the New Jersey Nets, 109-88, on Saturday evening at the Meadowlands. Antoine Walker and Al Harrington each had 17 points to pace the Hawks, losers of nine straight contests. Atlanta's current losing streak is its longest since the franchise dropped 10 in a row from February 20-March 9, 2001.
Walker added seven rebounds and four assists, but committed five of Atlanta's 15 turnovers. Boris Diaw and Tony Delk each added 13 points.
The Hawks are just 1-7 as the host this season.
Last season, the Sixers defeated the Hawks in two of their three contests. Overall, Philadelphia has won three of the last four meetings. The 76ers have won two of three and six of their last nine at Atlana.
12/06 10:15:27 ET