Philadelphia (34-25) at Portland (39-21)

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  • Game info: 10:00 pm EST Thu Mar 6, 2003
  • TV: TNT
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PORTLAND, OREGON (TICKER) —The Philadelphia 76ers continue a tough five-game road trip on Thursday when they visit the Rose Garden to face the Portland Trail Blazers, who have won the last three meetings between the teams.

The 76ers opened their road trip Sunday with a win over lowly Denver, but play the final four games against potential playoff teams. The first of those teams, the Sacramento Kings, handed the Sixers a 107-99 loss Monday to end their season-high nine-game winning streak.

Allen Iverson scored 35 points and Keith Van Horn added 17 for the Sixers, who had a four-game road winning streak snapped. Iverson increased his NBA-best streak of games scoring in double figures to 178.

Iverson is averaging 29.0 points in his last five games to lead a resurgence in Philadelphia’s offense. The Sixers have scored at least 100 points in six of their last seven games, averaging 108.4 points during that span.

After facing Portland, the Sixers play Seattle on Friday before finishing the trip against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

Philadelphia has lost 12 of its last 15 visits to Portland and 10 of the last 13 meetings overall. The Blazers are trying to win four straight over the Sixers for the first time since January 5, 1992-April 1, 1994.

Philadelphia has lost eight of 11 road games against Western Conference opponents this season.

Portland had a four-game winning streak snapped with a 98-92 loss at Phoenix on Wednesday.

Rasheed Wallace scored all 22 of his points in the second half and Derek Anderson added 16 for the Blazers, who have won their last three home games and are 20-9 at the Rose Garden this season.

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