Toronto (28-39) at Philadelphia (33-34)

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  • Game info: 7:00 pm EST Fri Mar 25, 2005
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The Philadelphia 76ers look to build off their impressive win over the defending NBA champion Detroit Pistons, and hold on to the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference when they host the Toronto Raptors.

Philadelphia won for the third time in four games Wednesday, 107-84 over Detroit behind the play of its backcourt of Allen Iverson and Andre Iguodala.

Iverson finished with 39 points and 10 assists, and Iguodala played 42 minutes and was in the game until the final buzzer, long enough to get 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists and record the first triple-double by a rookie since Chicago’s Kirk Hinrich on Feb. 28, 2004.

“I knew I was playing a pretty good complete game,” Iguodala said. “I didn’t think about it all until the fourth quarter. We got a big win tonight. We just want to get a streak going.”

Iverson and Iguodala had some help in keeping the Sixers in the eighth spot. Chris Webber, who struggled at first after being acquired from Sacramento at the trading deadline, had 19 points and five rebounds.

Iverson said he and Webber are starting to feel more comfortable with each other.

“I just think it’s about getting into a rhythm,” Iverson said. “If I’m running pick and roll with him and they don’t adjust to me, then I’ll just keep going and try to create something for myself or give the ball up to him for his shot. It worked really well tonight against a good team, and I can see it working really well in the future.”

Toronto is in 12th place in the East, five games behind eighth-place Philadelphia for the last playoff spot with just 15 games remaining.

The Raptors fell for the third time in four games Wednesday, 94-85 at home to the Bulls. Toronto trailed by 20 at halftime before a 12-1 run got it within eight points in the fourth quarter, but Chicago pushed its advantage back to 91-80 with 3:56 left in the game.

“I’m just disappointed that we did not come to play,” said Jalen Rose, who had 30 points for Toronto. “We didn’t play with aggression. We didn’t play with a sense of purpose and we didn’t play with a sense of urgency. We didn’t compete like a team that at least has an opportunity to make the playoffs, and it showed.”

Toronto plays its next five games on the road, where it is 7-26 this season. The Raptors, however, have won five of their last seven visits to Philadelphia.

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