PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- Allen Iverson will try to keep
alive an impressive scoring streak when his Philadelphia 76ers
continue an eight-game road trip Monday against the Portland
After posting consecutive games with over 50 points, making him
the seventh player in NBA history to accomplish the feat,
Iverson scored 40 in a 102-90 win over the Indiana Pacers on
Wednesday to start the long trip.
Iverson is shooting 57 percent from the floor during the hot
streak, including 10-of-19 from 3-point range. Amazingly, he
has led or tied for the team lead in assists in each game and
has made 10 steals.
Philadelphia has won two of the three games and five of seven
overall to draw within 1 1/2 games of the lead in the crowded
Atlantic Division standings.
The Trail Blazers will be playing their first game since
December 22 after a mildly successful six-game road trip.
After dropping the first two games of the trip, Portland
recovered to win three of the last four to finish 3-3. It
capped the swing with a 104-95 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on
The 3-1 stretch to finish the trip coincided with a lineup shift
by coach Maurice Cheeks.
Following a 112-88 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on December
15, Cheeks chose to bench point guard Damon Stoudamire in favor
of veteran Nick Van Exel.
The move has yielded positive results, and in the win over the
Bucks, Van Exel made Cheeks look like a genius with a
season-high 26 points. He made six 3-pointers, including the
1,400th of his career, and promptly hinted at retirement once
the game was over.
A 12-year veteran, Van Exel has averaged 15.0 points and 6.3
assists in his four starts.
The teams split a pair last season with the visiting club
winning both times.