Philadelphia looks for another strong offensive effort against the high-scoring Washington Wizards, who are averaging 100.0 points per game.
The 76ers have scored over 100 points in each of their last six wins, but their opponents have also topped the century mark in five of those contests. Philadelphia is 5-4 in its last nine games, despite allowing 100 points or more in each of them.
Iverson scored 40 points to lead the Sixers to a 106-101 win Wednesday over the Houston Rockets. It marked the 12th 40-point game for Iverson this season.
“He had it going again,” said the 76ers’ John Salmons. “He’s just one of those special players. Whatever makes a great player great, that’s what he has. I don’t know what it is for sure but I’m trying to get it.”
Iverson is the NBA’s second-leading scorer with a career-high 33.1 points per game, but was still not included in a group of players to try out for the United States national team.
“I just wasn’t picked. I’m not bitter. I’m not mad,” Iverson said. “It just means I’ll get to spend more time with my wife and kids over the next three summers. I still hope they bring back the gold. I’m just honored to have played before.
“There’s only one thing I still haven’t done and that’s win (the championship). That’s the only thing I want now.”
He’s building a case for the league MVP award with his performances, which have put the Sixers in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, only one-half game behind the sixth-place Wizards.
“Philadelphia has a special player in Allen Iverson,” said Washington’s Gilbert Arenas, who was invited to tryout for the U.S. team. “We have to stop him and put our focus on him while trying to contain everyone else.”
The Wizards are looking for their fourth win in their last five meetings with the 76ers. Washington has topped 100 points scoring in each of the last five games in the series.
Washington has dropped its last two games after a 99-93 defeat Wednesday against Indiana. Arenas scored 28 points and added seven assists in the loss. He is averaging 34.2 points over his last five games.
The Wizards have shot just 43.8 percent from the field in their last two games, including a season low 14.3 percent from 3-point range against the Pacers.