Philadelphia (1-2) at Portland (1-1)

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  • Game info: 10:00 pm EST Mon Nov 3, 2003
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Since Allen Iverson entered the NBA in 1996, the Philadelphia 76ers have struggled to find a consistent secondary scoring option.

Jerry Stackhouse, Larry Hughes, Toni Kukoc and Keith Van Horn have all been used in that role. None has lasted in Philadelphia.

The Sixers hoped to have found a solution to that problem this summer when they sent Van Horn to the New York Knicks in a four-team deal that landed them forward Glenn Robinson from the Atlanta Hawks.

Robinson, who averaged 20.8 points and 6.6 rebounds last season, will make his debut with the Sixers when they meet the Portland Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden.

Robinson missed the first three games of the season while serving a suspension for a conviction on domestic battery charges. His return could not come soon enough for the Sixers, who have dropped the first two games on their three-game western road trip.

After opening the season with an 89-74 win over the Miami Heat on Tuesday, the Sixers dropped consecutive games to the Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors.

Iverson had 19 points and seven assists Saturday, but the Sixers struggled defensively in a 104-90 loss to the Warriors, allowing a career-high 32 points to second-year forward Mike Dunleavy.

“We’re just not good defensively right now,” said Iverson, who has played the last two games with a strained left shoulder. “That’s not like a Sixers team. (Dunleavy) had 30-something points. Who didn’t he impress?”

The Sixers hope that Robinson’s return will be enough to lift them past the Blazers, who have split their first two games.

After dropping their season opener to the Utah Jazz 99-92 on Wednesday, the Blazers had little trouble with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday. Zach Randolph had 21 points and 13 rebounds, and Portland held Cavs rookie LeBron James to just eight points in a 104-85 rout.

“I thought that was a nice game for us, with all that hoopla and everything. We settled down and got into our basketball game,” Blazers coach Maurice Cheeks said. “We had a lot of nice performances. Everybody stepped up.”

Portland guard Derek Anderson did not play Saturday because of a sore back. He also missed the opener and six preseason games with back spasms

STANDINGS (through Nov. 1): 76ers - 3rd place (tied), 1 GB, Atlantic Division. Trail Blazers - 4th place (tied), 1 GB, Pacific Division.

PROBABLE STARTERS: 76ers - F Kenny Thomas, F Robinson, C Derrick Coleman, G Iverson, G Eric Snow. Trail Blazers - F Rasheed Wallace, F Randolph, C Dale Davis, G Damon Stoudamire, G Bonzi Wells.

TEAM LEADERS: 76ers - Iverson, 24.0 ppg and 8.3 apg; Coleman, 6.7 rpg. Trail Blazers - Randolph, 21.5 ppg and 11.0 rpg; Wells, 6.0 apg.

2002-03 SEASON SERIES: 76ers, 2-0.

LAST MEETING: March 14; 76ers, 90-79. At Philadelphia, Iverson had 22 points, nine assists, four steals and no turnovers as the Sixers won for the fourth time in five games. Stoudamire scored 16 to lead the Blazers, who had won three straight.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: 76ers - 0-2 on the road; Trail Blazers - 1-0 at home.

INJURIES: 76ers - Greg Buckner (hamstring); Monty Williams (knee); Todd MacCulloch (foot). Trail Blazers - G Anderson (back); F Travis Outlaw (knee).

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