76ers, Bulls Look to Get Back in Win Column
Posted Nov 24 2006 9:54AM
NBA.com Daily Confidential
The Philadelphia 76ers and Chicago Bulls each look to end a lengthy losing streak when they face off Friday at the Wachovia Center.
Philadelphia (4-7) has lost four straight and seven of eight since opening the season with three consecutive wins. The team has played without Allen Iverson in the last two losses and without Chris Webber in the last three.
The status of Iverson and Webber for this game remains unclear. While Webber has been bothered by a sore back, Iverson has been sidelined since getting his wisdom tooth removed.
``We're just waiting to see how he feels to see when he's ready to come back,'' coach Maurice Cheeks said of Iverson, who is averaging 28.7 points to rank third in the league.
Webber is off to a much slower start with 10.0 points and 6.6 rebounds per game, and has been unhappy with his reduced role this season.
The Bulls (3-8) have had no such health issues, but enter this contest on a five-game losing streak. They have dropped seven in a row on the road since an opening-night win at Miami.
This is the sixth contest on Chicago's seven-game road trip, which concludes Saturday at New York.
Philadelphia hopes to keep the Bulls winless on their trip and avoid recording its longest losing streak since a six-game skid from Nov. 27-Dec. 8, 2004.
Andre Iguodala's second career triple-double was not enough for the Sixers on Wednesday as they lost 98-94 to the Milwaukee Bucks. Philadelphia scored 57 points in the first half, but blew a lead in the fourth quarter as it was outscored 26-15.
Iguodala had 18 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists, but missed a driving layup that would have tied the game in the closing seconds.
``It just didn't feel right,'' Iguodala said. ``It's a tough loss.''
The Bulls, meanwhile, are coming off a 113-109 defeat to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday despite Kirk Hinrich's 28 points.
Luol Deng added 22, but had only two after halftime and the Bulls blew a 12-point lead early in the third quarter.
``We came out and didn't accomplish anything,'' said Ben Gordon, who scored 19 points off the bench. ``We didn't stop any shots; we needs stops to maintain a lead. I thought we let them do what they wanted too early.''
Ben Wallace recorded his first double-double of the season with 11 points and 16 boards, but the offseason addition has not helped the team's overall rebounding on the road trip.
Chicago, which ranked third in the NBA last season with 42.8 rebounds per game, has been outrebounded in all seven road losses. The Bulls gave up a season-high 16 offensive rebounds to the Nuggets on Tuesday.
``They hurt us all night on the glass,'' coach Scott Skiles said. ``For us to give up that many offensive rebounds, that's not what we normally do.''
Philadelphia and Chicago split four meetings last season, each winning once on the other's home court. Iverson averaged 30.3 points in the four games, and Webber missed both of the Sixers' wins.
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