The Philadelphia 76ers have taken advantage of their opponents' struggles on the road to put together their best stretch of the season.
They'll try to continue the pattern Friday when they host the Sacramento Kings, the NBA's worst road team.
Sacramento (8-13) is 0-9 on the road, including a 90-78 loss to the Celtics in Boston on Wednesday night. It's the longest road losing streak for the Kings since they dropped 10 consecutive road games to end the 1997-98 season.
Philadelphia (9-13), meanwhile, comes in having won a season-high four straight games. Three of those wins have come at home, where the Sixers are now a respectable 6-7 this season. They've been helped by facing two of the league's other worst road teams - New York (1-8) and Minnesota (1-9) - during the winning streak.
The Sixers defeated the Timberwolves 99-94 on Wednesday, as Andre Iguodala scored 25 points while center Samuel Dalembert had 18 points, 11 rebounds and tied a career high with nine blocked shots. One of the blocks denied a possible game-tying shot by the Timberwolves with 5.9 seconds to play.
"We expect a lot of him," Philadelphia guard Willie Green, who had 18 points, said of Dalembert. "We expect him to block every shot. Sometimes he does and sometimes he doesn't. Tonight he stepped up real big for us and we needed that."
The current winning streak is Philadelphia's longest since a seven-game run Feb. 26-March 10. The Sixers, who are averaging only 93.2 points per game for the season, are scoring 101.4 over their last five games.
"It's better than a four-game losing streak that's for sure," coach Maurice Cheeks said. "We're just trying to get out there and compete every night. We get contributions from everybody that steps out on the floor and we just got to continue to play that way."
Philadelphia has won three of the last four meetings with the Kings after losing the previous nine games in the interconference series.
As well as looking for its first road win, Sacramento is trying to snap out of a recent overall slump that has seen them lose three of their last four games.
Sacramento's 78 points at Boston on Wednesday were a season low. The Kings were hurt by a pair of terrible offensive quarters, as they managed only 17 points in the first quarter and 14 in the fourth. Ron Artest and Ben Udrih had 16 points each, while Brad Miller had 14 points and seven rebounds.
"You have to be tough minded to win on the road," Kings coach Reggie Theus said. "You have got to play four good quarters. You can't play three like we did today."
Sacramento has played the last three games without leading scorer Kevin Martin, who injured his groin last week. His status for Friday is unknown.
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