The last time the Philadelphia 76ers won three straight, the team began a slump it has yet to recover from. They hope to avoid a similar situation Sunday when they host the New Jersey Nets.

Philadelphia (21-38) won its third straight with a 117-112 overtime win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday, equaling the team's longest winning streak of the season. The Sixers won their first three games in November, but the team went on to lost 12 straight during a 1-16 stretch between Nov. 17 and Dec. 20.

"After the last three game winning streak it didn't go so well for the next 12 games, so I hope this winning streak turns out a little better," Kyle Korver said.

Korver and Andre Iguodala each scored 27 points in the win over the NBA's worst team on Friday. Four other Philadelphia players reached double figures, and the 76ers shot 55.6 percent from the field - their second-best shooting effort of the season.

Korver, however, said the team couldn't get too excited about its recent play. The Sixers have the third-worst record in the NBA and they haven't had a four-game winning streak since winning four straight from Dec. 9-14, 2005.

"We have a long way to go," said Korver, who also had a season-high four steals. "To win three games in a row in the NBA, that's great when you haven't done it in a while. But, it's really not a big deal."

This is the fourth game of a six-game homestand for Philadelphia. The Sixers, who are 13-15 at home, have won four straight at the Wachovia Center. The team hasn't won five straight at home since a seven-game streak during the 2003-04 season.

Philadelphia and New Jersey (28-31) have split two meetings this season, with each winning on its own court. The Sixers won 100-98 in overtime on Feb. 5.

The Nets are coming off a 96-88 overtime loss to the Boston Celtics on Saturday, ending the team's three-game winning streak. New Jersey squandered an 11-point lead with less than four minutes to play and then an early advantage in overtime as the Celtics finished the extra period on a 12-2 run.

Vince Carter scored 25 points while Eddie House added 14, but House missed a free throw with 10.4 seconds left that allowed Boston to tie the game with four seconds left in regulation.

"We kind of let this one get away from us," said Jason Kidd, who was held to four points. "We had control of the game, especially late, and made some mental mistakes."

New Jersey is beginning a six-game road trip Sunday, and coach Lawrence Frank said bouncing back will be key if the team hopes to make the playoffs. The Nets are in second place in the Atlantic Division, trailing the Toronto Raptors, and they are in a close battle with the Orlando Magic for the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot.

"You can't have a hangover," Frank said, "and we don't have the luxury with games dwindling."

New Jersey is 11-16 on the road.


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