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Monday, March 28th (All times eastern)

Philadelphia 76ers (35-34) at Sacramento Kings (43-28), 10 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Chris Webber returns to Sacramento for the first time since being traded to Philadelphia, as the 76ers visit the Kings tonight at ARCO Arena.

The Sixers acquired Webber from the Kings on February 23rd in a six-player deal that also sent forwards Michael Bradley and Matt Barnes to Philadelphia for forwards Kenny Thomas, Corliss Williamson and Brian Skinner.

This is the second and final time the teams will meet this season. On February 26th, Sacramento defeated the 76ers, 101-99, at the Wachovia Center. The game was Webber's first in a Philadelphia uniform. Webber, who had been with Sacramento since 1998, finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds, but missed the potential game-tying basket just before the final buzzer sounded.

Both teams are battling for positioning in the playoffs. The 76ers are tied with the Indiana Pacers for No. 7 in the Eastern Conference, while Sacramento is 1/2 game ahead of the Houston Rockets for the fifth seed in the West.

Philadelphia plays the middle contest of a three-game road trip. On Sunday, All-Star Allen Iverson scored 13 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and matched a career-high with 15 assists to lead the 76ers past the Los Angeles Lakers, 96-89, at the Staples Center. Iverson, who was just 2-for-20 from the floor through three periods, ended the game 5-of-28 from the field.

Webber added 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Sixers, who have won three in a row and five of their last six. Rookie Andre Iguodala finished with 18 points and nine rebounds in the victory.

The 31-year-old Webber, who has played in 14 games as a Sixer, is averaging 15.7 points and 7.8 rebounds in a Philadelphia uniform. The 76ers are 9-5 in games that Webber has played in.

The 76ers, who will visit the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday in the finale of the current swing, are 15-20 on the road this season.

The Kings, who are 9-8 since trading Webber, will try to get back on the winning track tonight. On Saturday, Carmelo Anthony finished with 28 points and seven rebounds to lead the Denver Nuggets to a 113-99 victory over Sacramento at the Pepsi Center.

Peja Stojakovic netted 24 and Cuttino Mobley scored 18 in the loss to Denver for the Kings, who lost for the second time in five games. Thomas added 17 points and seven boards, while point guard Mike Bibby scored 15 points and dished out four assists.

Sacramento, which has allowed at least 100 points in 21 of its last 28 games, has scored over 100 points in 19 of its last 28 games.

The Kings are an impressive 26-10 as the host this season. They have won two in a row and are 7-3 in their last 10 at ARCO Arena.

Sacramento has dominated this series in recent years, winning eight straight and nine of the last 10 meetings overall.

03/28 10:36:42 ET


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