Philadelphia (5-6) at Toronto (5-5)

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  • Game info: 7:00 pm EST Wed Nov 19, 2003
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Allen Iverson has gained a reputation throughtout his career for successfully playing through his injuries. But the already depleted Philadelphia 76ers will be without their leading scorer as they try to snap a two-game slide against the Toronto Raptors.

Iverson scored a season-low 15 points playing on an injured right knee and the 76ers were missing two starters as they put together one of the worst offensive performances in franchise history with a 74-66 home loss to Houston on Monday.

On Tuesday, the Sixers star said he will skip a game to rest his knee.

“I always want to play and help my team. It wasn’t a very smart move,” Iverson said. “I’m not making excuses. I missed shots I usually make, but it wasn’t me out there. Instead of helping my team right now, I’ve got to think more of helping in the future.”

The Sixers—without forwards Derrick Coleman (left knee strain) and Glenn Robinson (left ankle strain)—shot 32 percent and tied their second-lowest point total since the introduction of the shot clock in 1954-55. They scored 57 points at Miami in 1996 and 66 two other times, in 1955 and 1995.

“I always want to play and help my team. It wasn’t a very smart move,” Iverson said. “I’m not making excuses. I missed shots I usually make, but it wasn’t me out there. Instead of helping my team right now, I’ve got to think more of helping in the future.”

Coleman and Robinson—each listed as day-to-day—may bounce back to start against the Raptors and give a much needed day of rest to Iverson, who leads the NBA with 28.4 points per game.

Iverson “has always been an individual who can tolerate a lot of pain,” 76ers coach Randy Ayers said. “If he’s healthy and he feels good, he’ll try to play.”

The Sixers play three of their next four games on the road, including a matchup with the New York Knicks on Saturday.

The Raptors broke out against the league’s best defense and remained unbeaten at home by snapping a three-game losing streak with a 101-97 double-overtime victory over the Rockets on Sunday.

Rookie forward Chris Bosh forced overtime with his first NBA 3-pointer and scored 10 of his season-high 25 points in the extra period as Toronto began a two-game homestand following an 0-3 road trip.

“I was open. I felt confident. I didn’t hesitate. The basket looked pretty big, so I just let it go,” Bosh said.

Vince Carter was 0-for-10 from the field until the third quarter and finished just 4-for-20 but did have 18 points and nine assists. Carter has scored just 31 points on 9-for-41 shooting over the last two games after averaging 30 points in his previous three.

The Raptors play just two of their next seven games at Air Canada Centre, where they are 5-0 for the first time in team history. Their previous best start at home was when they started the 2001-02 season 3-0.

STANDINGS (through Nov. 17): 76ers - 3rd place, 1/2 GB, Atlantic Division. Raptors - 5th place, 3 GB, Central Division.

PROBABLE STARTERS: 76ers - F Kenny Thomas, F Marc Jackson, C Sam Dalembert, G Eric Snow, G Aaron McKie. Raptors - F Michael Curry, F Jerome Williams, C Antonio Davis, G Carter, G Alvin Williams.

TEAM LEADERS: 76ers - Iverson, 28.4 ppg and 7.3 apg; Thomas, 7.6 rpg. Raptors - Carter, 23.8 ppg; J. Williams, 10.6 rpg; Palacio, 4.6 apg.

2002-03 SEASON SERIES: 76ers, 3-0.

LAST MEETING: March 23; Sixers, 112-95. At Toronto, Iverson scored 18 of his 32 points in the second half, including 14 points in the third quarter—when the Sixers outscored the Raptors 31-19 to take the lead.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: 76ers - 3-3 on the road; Raptors - 5-0 at home.

INJURIES: 76ers - G Iverson (knee); F Coleman (knee); F Monty Williams (knee); C Todd MacCulloch (illness); G Greg Buckner (hamstring); F Robinson (ankle). Raptors - F Michael Bradley (knee); F Chris Jefferies (foot).

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