Philadelphia (32-45) at Atlanta (25-52)

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  • Game info: 7:30 pm EDT Tue Apr 6, 2004
  • TV: FSS
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Playing without Allen Iverson has finally caught up with the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Sixers try to give a boost to their slim playoff hopes when they visit the Atlanta Hawks.

Iverson sat out March 22 with a sore right knee, and Philadelphia beat the Dallas Mavericks 107-98 for its first of three straight wins without its leading scorer in the lineup.

The Sixers, however, have dropped three of four since that three-game winning streak to fall three games behind the Boston Celtics for the eighth and final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference.

Philadelphia, which has five games remaining, is having trouble scoring without Iverson on the floor. The Sixers have averaged 74 points in their last three losses.

“We’ve been playing without Allen for a while now,” Sixers interim coach Chris Ford said. “You just keep playing. The schedule keeps coming.”

Philadelphia had a chance to make up some ground in the East on Saturday, but lost 86-75 at home to the seventh-place New York Knicks.

“We just have to see how the other teams are doing,” said Sixers center Samuel Dalembert, who had 13 points, 14 rebounds and a career-high nine blocked shots. “That was a crucial game today. We had it and we let it slip back.”

Atlanta lost for the third time in four games on Sunday, falling 106-89 on the road to the Atlantic Division champion New Jersey Nets.

Jason Terry and Stephen Jackson, the Hawks’ top two scorers, didn’t start because both showed up late for the morning shootaround.

“I definitely apologized to my team,” said Jackson, who still led the Hawks with 31 points in 36 minutes. “I’m not sorry. I apologize for messing with my team. It was one of those mornings, overslept, kind of tired. I’ll get fined and pay the consequences. I didn’t do it on purpose.”

Terry scored seven points on 2-of-11 shooting in 33 minutes.

Atlanta has won four of the last six against Philadelphia after losing 10 of 11 in the series.

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