Philadelphia (24-36) at New York (26-35)

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  • Game info: 7:30 pm EST Wed Mar 3, 2004
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Looking to end a six-game losing streak, the New York Knicks return home after a dismal four-game road trip to host the Philadelphia 76ers.

New York had lost four of five before departing on its recent trip, and didn’t do any better away from Madison Square Garden, going winless on the western swing.

“We are killing ourselves with turnovers,” said New York coach Lenny Wilkens, who watched 27 Knicks turnovers get turned into 33 points in Sunday’s 107-96 loss in Denver. “We had 17 in the first half, a lot of them unforced. We have to be more patient.”

The Knicks did get Allan Houston back in the lineup Sunday. The shooting guard had 13 points in 25 minutes after missing 11 games with a sore left knee.

Kurt Thomas had 18 points and 11 rebounds for New York. Reserve Shandon Anderson had 17 points and Tim Thomas added 16 as the Knicks matched their longest losing streak of the season.

New York fell to 10-11 under Wilkens.

“There were a couple of things that I saw tonight with it being my first time back that we really aren’t doing well,” Houston said. “We aren’t playing pick-and-roll as well, and we are not giving our offense a chance.”

Philadelphia is coming off an 81-74 victory over Minnesota on Sunday.

Rookie forward Kyle Korver made key plays down the stretch, and Eric Snow hit a jumper with 20 seconds left to lift the short-handed Sixers.

Aaron McKie had 18 points to lead Philadelphia, which snapped a four-game skid despite playing without Iverson and Glenn Robinson. Snow added 13 points, and Kenny Thomas had 11 points and 12 rebounds to give the Sixers just their second win since the All-Star break.

“We have to show that effort when Allen and Glenn are back and we’ll be even better,” Snow said. “We know that if we just come out and compete and show this effort on a consistent basis, then we can win games.”

Iverson was not at the game because of a stomach ailment along with the bruised shoulder that’s been plaguing him. Coach Chris Ford fined the All-Star for the second time in his short tenure as interim coach.

But after meeting with Iverson prior to practice Monday, Ford said there will be no additional repercussions.

“I spoke to him this morning and everything is all right,” Ford said.

STANDINGS (through March 1): 76ers - 5th place, 13 GB, Atlantic Division. Knicks - 2nd place, 11 1/2 GB, Atlantic Division.

PROBABLE STARTERS: 76ers - F Aaron McKie, F Kenny Thomas, C Samuel Dalembert, G Eric Snow, G Iverson. Knicks - F Tim Thomas, F Mike Sweetney, C Kurt Thomas, G Marbury, G Houston.

TEAM LEADERS: 76ers - Iverson, 27.4 ppg; Kenny Thomas, 9.9 rpg; Snow, 6.9 apg. Knicks - Marbury, 20.6 ppg and 8.8 apg; Kurt Thomas, 8.6 rpg.

SEASON SERIES: Knicks, 1-0.

LAST MEETING: Nov. 22; Knicks, 99-88. At New York, Anderson started and scored 20 points in place of Houston, who was sidelined with a back injury. Howard Eisley added 17 points and nine assists, making five of the Knicks’ 10 3-pointers. Iverson had 27 points for Philadelphia.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: 76ers - 10-21 on the road; Knicks - 16-15 at home.

INJURIES: 76ers - F Robinson (elbow); F-C Derrick Coleman (finger); F-C Marc Jackson (finger); C Todd MacCulloch (illness). Knicks - C Cezary Trybanski (knee).

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