Cleveland (6-19) at Philadelphia (13-12)

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  • Game info: 7:00 pm EST Fri Dec 19, 2003
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The last time the Cleveland Cavaliers played the Philadelphia 76ers, they snapped a 16-game losing streak in the series. This time, Cleveland is attempting to snap a much more dubious skid.

The Cavaliers will make their latest attempt to snap the NBA’s longest current road losing streak at 34 as they visit Wachovia Center to face the Sixers.

On Nov. 15, Cleveland posted a 91-88 win over Philadelphia, giving the Cavs their first win over the Sixers since April 2, 1999.

Monday night at Indiana, the Cavaliers dropped a 95-85 decision to the Pacers for their 34th straight road loss, tying them with New Jersey (1989-91) for the second-longest road skid in NBA history. Sacramento’s 43-game road losing streak is the longest ever.

“Everybody wants to talk about the streak, but it’s not like we’re getting blown out on the road,” Cleveland forward Carlos Boozer said. “We’re playing really good on the road.”

Cleveland ranks 24th in the league with 86.5 points per game on the road. The Cavs’ 16.4 turnovers per game on the road tie them with Washington for the third-most in the NBA.

To snap their skid, the Cavaliers will have to get past a Sixers team that is trying to find ways to win without injured superstar Allan Iverson. Aaron McKie led the way Wednesday night, scoring 20 points in an 87-76 victory over the Miami Heat.

Iverson, the NBA’s leading scorer with 28.9 points per game, has missed three of the last four games with a swollen right knee. The injury could keep him sidelined until January.

McKie, the NBA’s 2000-01 Sixth Man of the Year, said his approach remains the same whether he starts or plays a reserve role.

“I just continue to play within the team concept, depending on the time of the game and what coach needs from me,” said McKie, who made just his 10th start of the season Wednesday. “We’ll make the adjustment then.”

STANDINGS (through Dec. 17): Cavaliers - 7th place (tied), 12 1/2 GB, Central Division. 76ers - 1st place (tied), Atlantic Division.

PROBABLE STARTERS: Cavaliers - F Darius Miles, F Boozer, C Zydrunas Ilgauskas, G LeBron James, G J.R. Bremer. 76ers - F Glenn Robinson, F Kenny Thomas, C Derrick Coleman, G Eric Snow, G McKie.

TEAM LEADERS: Cavaliers - James, 18 ppg and 6.1 apg; Boozer, 10.3 rpg. 76ers - Iverson, 28.9 ppg; Thomas, 9.2 rpg; Snow, 6.6 apg.

SEASON SERIES: Cavaliers, 1-0.

LAST MEETING: Nov. 15; Cavaliers, 91-88, OT. At Cleveland, Ilgauskas had 28 points, eight rebounds and a career-high seven assists to lead the Cavs past the Sixers at Gund Arena.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Cavaliers - 0-13 on the road; 76ers - 7-6 at home.

INJURIES: Cavaliers - C DeSagana Diop (knee); G Dajuan Wagner (knee). 76ers - G Iverson (knee); F Marc Jackson (hand); G Willie Green (thumb); C Todd MacCulloch (foot); F Monty Williams (knee).

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