Philadelphia (17-20) at Orlando (9-28)

Mostly Cloudy Currently: Orlando, FL
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  • Game info: 7:30 pm EST Mon Jan 12, 2004
  • TV: TNT
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Allen Iverson is not completely healthy, but don’t expect him to use that as an excuse for his recent poor play.

The All-Star guard will look to return to form when the Philadelphia 76ers meet the Orlando Magic at the TD Waterhouse Centre.

Iverson, who recently missed 10 games with a bruised right knee, is averaging just 17.5 points in the four games since returning to the lineup, nearly 10 below his season average.

He had 15 points on 7-of-21 shooting and committed nine turnovers in a 94-87 loss to the Washington Wizards on Saturday.

Iverson played despite injuring his left shoulder in the third quarter of Friday night’s victory over New Jersey. He has also been fighting flu-like symptoms.

“I’m out there on the basketball court, so I don’t have excuses for how bad I play,” Iverson said. “I don’t blame it on anything. If I felt that I couldn’t get the job done, then I wouldn’t have stepped out there on the court. It was just one of those nights for me.”

Glenn Robinson scored 22 points to leads the Sixers on Saturday, but Philadelphia committed 22 turnovers and was outrebounded 45-36. Robinson had scored a season-high 26 points in Friday’s 97-81 win over the Nets.

The Magic had lost five straight before beating the Wizards 103-92 on Friday. Tracy McGrady had 25 of his game-high 35 points after halftime to lead five Orlando players in double figures.

“We had a lot of guys stepping up and playing a good, solid defense, which allowed us to create a lead,” Orlando coach Johnny Davis said. “We needed every one of those points in the second half because we did not finish the game the way we would’ve liked to.”

Reserve point guard Rod Strickland strained his left hamstring shortly before halftime and did not return. He is listed as day-to-day.

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