NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, February 12th (All times eastern)
Philadelphia 76ers (24-25) at Washington Wizards (25-23), 1 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Washington Wizards try for their season-best fifth straight win this afternoon when they close a five-game homestand against the Philadelphia 76ers at the MCI Center.
On Friday, Gilbert Arenas celebrated his addition to the Eastern Conference All-Star team by recording 32 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds to lead the Wizards past the Cleveland Cavaliers, 101-89.
Antawn Jamison scored 28 points and added five rebounds while Caron Butler had 18 points and nine boards for Washington, which won for the sixth time in its last seven tries.
Brendan Haywood added 14 points and 10 rebounds in the victory.
Arenas was added to the East's squad on Friday by Commissioner David Stern as an injury replacement for Indiana's Jermaine O'Neal, who was voted in by fans but will miss the game because of a groin injury.
Washington, which will hit the road for two games after tonight's affair, is 17-9 in its building this season.
Philadelphia, meanwhile, comes in on a sour note after falling to the Charlotte Bobcats, 100-92, on Wednesday. Allen Iverson and Kyle Korver each paced the Sixers, who lost their second straight and for the fourth time in their past five outings, with 20 points.
Iverson, who had scored at least 30 points in his last seven outings, was held to just one point in the fourth quarter and got to the foul line only four times in the contest, making two.
Chris Webber added 17 points and 12 boards in the loss, while Samuel Dalembert had 14 points and five blocks.
The Sixers, who will host Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday, are 9-13 away from home this season.
Philadelphia lost to Washington earlier in the season, but has won nine of 13 and 10 of the last 15 meetings. The Sixers, though, have dropped three of four in DC.
02/12 10:08:12 ET