NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, November 10th (All times eastern)
New Jersey Nets (2-2) at Philadelphia 76ers (1-3), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The reeling Philadelphia 76ers will try to put an end to a three-game skid tonight, when they host the New Jersey Nets at the Wachovia Center.
Ever since a season-opening win over Boston, the Sixers have been struggling to get things done, including a 96-88 loss to the New York Knicks on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. Allen Iverson scored 29 points, dished out 10 assists and grabbed five rebounds for the Sixers, whose 28 turnovers were converted into 28 points for the Knicks.
Iverson turned the ball over nine times and combined with backcourt mate Willie Green to commit 14 miscues. Green finished with 12 points for Philadelphia, while rookie Andre Iguodala added 13 points, losers in four straight at MSG.
Sixers starting center Samuel Dalembert missed the game with a strained right hamstring. Marc Jackson started in his place and scored six points with seven rebounds. Dalembert is questionable for tonight's game.
New Jersey is coming off an ugly 64-60 win over the Portland Trail Blazers at the Meadowlands. Alonzo Mourning scored 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Nets to the victory. Mourning made his first regular-season start since April 17, 2002, when he was a member of Miami.
The teams set an NBA regular-season record for fewest combined field goals made in a game (44). The 124-point total was only five more than the previous record for combined scoring futility. Boston downed Milwaukee 62-57 in 1955, the first season of the NBA's 24-second shot clock.
Brian Scalabrine and Zoran Planinic each had 12 points for New Jersey, which won for the first time at home this season (1-2).
Travis Best (ankle) and Ron Mercer (knee) both missed the game for New Jersey, while Nets starting forward Jason Collins was forced to leave the contest with a sprained left ankle. It is unknown if Best, Mercer or Collins will be available tonight.
New Jersey won the final three meetings between these clubs last season, including a victory in Philly on January 27. Nonetheless, the Sixers have won 14 of the last 23 meetings, including eight of their last 11 home tilts versus the Nets.
11/10 10:15:35 ET