Sacramento (17-23) at Philadelphia (20-20)

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  • Game info: 7:00 pm EST Tue Jan 24, 2006
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The Philadelphia 76ers felt some relief after each of their last two wins. Chris Webber might feel the same way if they can make it three straight.

Webber faces his former team for the second time in three weeks when the 76ers, coming off two thrilling victories, try to keep the Kings winless on their road trip.

The veteran forward lost both meetings with his former team last season, not long after being dealt to Philadelphia at the trade deadline, and now has a chance to return the favor.

In his second game back at Sacramento, Webber had 20 points and 16 rebounds to lead the 76ers to a 111-98 victory on Jan. 3. Before the game began, Webber jogged to the Kings bench and gave coach Rick Adelman a handshake and a hug.

“I love visiting here, but as far as playing, there’s so much put on it,” Webber said. “You just want to bow down so you can keep the memories that you have. The memories I have of this place are wonderful.”

Webber has averaged 18.7 points and 12.3 rebounds in three games against Sacramento since the trade.

His departure appears to have triggered a fall from grace for the Kings. They managed to make the playoffs last season as the sixth seed even after he was dealt, but would need an impressive second-half revival to reach this year’s postseason. Sacramento is six games under .500 and has the fourth-worst record in the Western Conference.

The end of this game will mark the first time since the 1998-99 season the Kings have been below .500 at the halfway point of the season.

The 76ers, meanwhile, enter this contest at .500 and looking for a third straight victory.

They beat Memphis 89-86 in overtime on Friday in their first game after coach Maurice Cheeks chewed out his players in a lengthy team meeting after a blowout loss to New Jersey. On Sunday, the 76ers rallied from a 19-point deficit and beat Minnesota 86-84 on Andre Iguodala’s putback of Webber’s miss as time expired.

“When it came out, I got it. After I let it go, I knew it was good,” Iguodala said. “This is my first (buzzer-beater) in the league. We were down by so much, it was like a sigh of relief to get a win.”

Allen Iverson finished with 39 points, including 13 during a 22-6 run that pulled Philadelphia within 71-68 in the fourth quarter.

“I promised them that if we got it under 10, we’d win the game,” said Iverson, who has scored at least 30 points in seven of his last eight games.

Webber had just 11 points on 4-of-16 shooting, but helped limit Kevin Garnett to 13 points. Philadelphia has held its last two opponents below 90 points after failing to do so in 13 straight games.

The Sixers have won three times in 17 games they’ve trailed with five minutes to play. All three have come in the last 10 days.

The Kings opened a seven-game road trip with an 83-78 overtime loss in Orlando on Saturday, and were routed 119-99 at Miami on Sunday.

Sacramento will visit New York on Wednesday for what will be its fourth game in five nights.

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