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Wednesday, March 26th (All times eastern)

Chicago Bulls (28-42) at Philadelphia 76ers (36-35), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The surging Philadelphia 76ers welcome the playoff-hopeful Chicago Bulls to the Wachovia Center tonight.

Philadelphia is No. 6 in the Eastern Conference playoff race, a half-game behind the fifth-seeded Washington Wizards. Chicago is No. 11 in the East and two games behind the eighth-seeded Atlanta Hawks for the final playoff berth.

The Sixers are 2-1 against Chicago this season. This is the final meeting of the campaign between the clubs.

Chicago has won two straight and three of its last four at Philadelphia.

Philadelphia opens a two-game homestand tonight. On Monday, Andre Iguodala scored 28 points and the Sixers dominated the fourth quarter en route to a come-from-behind 95-90 victory over the NBA-best Boston Celtics at TD Banknorth Garden.

Iguodala also grabbed four rebounds and handed out four assists, while overcoming an 8-for-15 night at the foul line to key a furious Sixers run that saw Philadelphia score 19 unanswered fourth-quarter points and force Boston into 11 straight missed field goals.

Andre Miller collected 20 points, six rebounds and six assists, while rookie Thaddeus Young scored 16 points and pulled down nine rebounds for Philadelphia, which has won two in a row and six of its last seven games overall. The Sixers (36-35) also climbed above the .500 mark for the first time all season.

The Sixers, who have captured three in a row as the host, are 20-15 at home this season. They will host the Phoenix Suns Friday at the Wachovia Center.

Chicago opens a two-game road trip. The Bulls, who are 11-24 on the road, will visit the Atlanta Hawks Friday at Philips Arena.

In the Bulls' last game, Drew Gooden had a season-high 31 points and pulled down 16 rebounds, as Chicago used a dominating third quarter to pick up a crucial 103-94 win over Atlanta Tuesday at the United Center.

Luol Deng had 14 points and rookie Joakim Noah netted 13 for Chicago. The Bulls made all 16 of their foul shots and went 5-of-6 from three-point range in the win.

03/26 10:55:15 ET


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