Houston (6-3) at Philadelphia (5-5)

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  • Game info: 7:00 pm EST Mon Nov 17, 2003
  • TV: KNWS
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The Philadelphia 76ers have been without their entire starting frontcourt for two games.

They expect a healthier squad when they meet the Houston Rockets at the Wachovia Center.

Kenny Thomas, who has been out with a lower back bruise, is expected to return to the lineup. Derrick Coleman, suffering from a knee injury, will be a gametime decision.

Glenn Robinson, out with a sprained left ankle, will not be available until later in the week.

Playing without their frontcourt starters, the Sixers knocked off the defending champion San Antonio Spurs 100-96 on Friday. But the momentum from that win did not carry over, as the Sixers fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers 91-88 in overtime Saturday.

Allen Iverson, who had 36 points and 12 assists Friday, matched a season low with 19 points on 8-of-29 shooting against the Cavs.

“If I have an off-night, I have an off-night,” Iverson said. “But I don’t do my teammates any favors if I quit trying. You have to keep fighting and hopefully something will happen at the end. That’s the way it nearly went.”

The Sixers shot just 34 percent, but still had a chance to win in the closing seconds of overtime. Rookie Kyle Korver missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer with 5.5 seconds remaining.

Philadelphia will hope for a better effort against Houston, which lost to the Toronto Raptors 101-97 in double overtime Sunday.

Steve Francis scored 25 points, and Yao Ming added 20 points and 12 rebounds, but the Rockets shot just 36.9 percent from the field.

The Rockets won four straight before losing two of their last three.

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