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</td> <td>W-L</td> <td>PF</td> <td>PA</td> <td>HOME</td> <td>ROAD</td> <td>STK</td> <td>L10</td> </tr> <tr class="oddrow" align="right"> <td align="left">PHI</td> <td>19-20</td> <td>96.2</td> <td>95.7</td> <td>11-8</td> <td>8-12</td> <td>W6</td> <td>7-3</td> </tr> <tr class="evenrow" align="right"> <td align="left">NY</td> <td>15-23</td> <td>103.1</td> <td>106.5</td> <td>9-8</td> <td>6-15</td> <td>L1</td> <td>4-6</td> </tr> </tbody></table>
<table class="tablehead" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1"> <tbody><tr><td colspan="3" class="gamehead" align="center" bgcolor="#555555">2008-09 Season</td></tr> <tr class="colhead"><td colspan="3" align="center">Philadelphia leads 1-0</td></tr> <tr class="oddrow"><td>Fri 10/31</td><td> @PHI 116, NY 87</td><td>[Only registered and activated users can see links. ] | [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]</td></tr> <tr class="evenrow"><td>Jan 17, 2009</td><td> PHI @ NY</td><td>7:30 PM ET</td></tr> <tr class="oddrow"><td>Jan 24, 2009</td><td> NY @ PHI</td><td>7:00 PM ET</td></tr> <tr class="evenrow"><td>Feb 27, 2009</td><td> PHI @ NY</td><td>7:30 PM ET</td></tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" bgcolor="#cccccc">&#183; Complete Schedule: [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] | [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]</td> </tr> </tbody></table>

<table class="tablehead" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1"> <tbody><tr><td class="gamehead" align="center" bgcolor="#555555">Injury Report</td></tr><tr class="colhead" valign="top"><td>PHILADELPHIA</td></tr><tr class="oddrow" valign="top"><td>&#183; [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] PF - Jan 16: OUT
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<table class="tablehead" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1"> <tbody><tr><td class="gamehead" colspan="2" align="center" bgcolor="#555555">Last 5 Games</td></tr> <tr class="colhead"> <td width="50&#37;">PHILADELPHIA (ET)</td> <td width="50%">NEW YORK (ET)</td> </tr> <tr class="oddrow" valign="top"> <td>Jan 16 SA Win [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
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<table class="tablehead" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1"><tbody><tr><td colspan="3" class="gamehead" align="center" bgcolor="#555555">Depth Chart</td></tr><tr class="colhead"><td>POS</td><td>PHILADELPHIA (PPG)</td><td>NEW YORK (PPG)</td></tr><tr class="oddrow" valign="top" align="right"><td align="left">PG </td><td align="left"><nobr>[Only registered and activated users can see links. ] 15.8</nobr></td><td align="left"><nobr>[Only registered and activated users can see links. ] 12.3</nobr></td></tr><tr class="evenrow" valign="top" align="right"><td align="left">SG </td><td align="left"><nobr>[Only registered and activated users can see links. ] 8.1</nobr></td><td align="left"><nobr>[Only registered and activated users can see links. ] 11.4</nobr></td></tr><tr class="oddrow" valign="top" align="right"><td align="left">SF </td><td align="left"><nobr>[Only registered and activated users can see links. ] 17.2</nobr></td><td align="left"><nobr>[Only registered and activated users can see links. ] 14.7</nobr></td></tr><tr class="evenrow" valign="top" align="right"><td align="left">PF </td><td align="left"><nobr>[Only registered and activated users can see links. ] 13.5</nobr></td><td align="left"><nobr>[Only registered and activated users can see links. ] 19.9</nobr></td></tr><tr class="oddrow" valign="top" align="right"><td align="left">C </td><td align="left"><nobr>[Only registered and activated users can see links. ] 5.6</nobr></td><td align="left"><nobr>[Only registered and activated users can see links. ] 15.3</nobr></td></tr><tr><td colspan="3">&#183; [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
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<table class="tablehead" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1"><tbody><tr><td colspan="3" class="gamehead" align="center" bgcolor="#555555">Team Stat Leaders</td></tr><tr class="colhead"><td> </td><td>PHILADELPHIA</td><td>NEW YORK</td></tr><tr class="oddrow" valign="top"><td>Points</td><td nowrap="nowrap">[Only registered and activated users can see links. ] 17.2</td><td align="left" nowrap="nowrap">[Only registered and activated users can see links. ] 21.4</td></tr><tr class="evenrow" valign="top"><td>Rebounds</td><td nowrap="nowrap">[Only registered and activated users can see links. ] 9.8</td><td align="left" nowrap="nowrap">[Only registered and activated users can see links. ] 12.5</td></tr><tr class="oddrow" valign="top"><td>Assists</td><td nowrap="nowrap">[Only registered and activated users can see links. ] 6.3</td><td align="left" nowrap="nowrap">[Only registered and activated users can see links. ] 8.2</td></tr><tr class="evenrow" valign="top"><td>Steals</td><td nowrap="nowrap">[Only registered and activated users can see links. ] 1.7</td><td align="left" nowrap="nowrap">[Only registered and activated users can see links. ] 1.6</td></tr><tr class="oddrow" valign="top"><td>Blocks</td><td nowrap="nowrap">[Only registered and activated users can see links. ] 1.7</td><td align="left" nowrap="nowrap">[Only registered and activated users can see links. ] .8</td></tr><tr><td colspan="3">&#183; Team stats: [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] | [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]</td></tr></tbody></table>


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The [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] have played so well of late, they don't seem too concerned when [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] will return.
With the 76ers (19-20) looking for their first seven-game win streak in nearly two years, their star power forward is considered "50-50" to be back on the court for Saturday's game against the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]."We aren't even thinking about whether we can do it with or without him," guard [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] said.Brand, who signed a five-year, $80.4 million contract in July, has not played since dislocating his right shoulder in a Dec. 17 home win over Milwaukee. If he does return in Saturday's game, he will likely be on the floor for a limited time."When he does start to play, we'll monitor his minutes," 76ers coach Tony DiLeo told the team's official Web site. "We're not just going to put him out there and let him play. We're going to be conservative with his minutes."With Brand averaging 15.9 points and grabbing a team-best 9.8 rebounds per game, Philadelphia went 10-13.To say the 76ers adjusted to playing without Brand is an understatement.After losing six of its first eight following his injury, Philadelphia has reeled off its longest run of victories since a seven-game win streak from Feb. 26-March 10, 2007. The 76ers can reach the .500 mark for the first time since Nov. 24 with a win Saturday."We're playing at a high level right now," [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] said. "We're just clicking."While [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] scored a career-high 27 points in Friday's 109-87 win over visiting San Antonio, it's Iguodala who has shined in place of Brand.The team's leading scorer at 17.2 points per game has averaged 23.6 and shot 55.2 percent over the last nine games. He's also hit 11 of his last 18 3-point attempts.Making shots from behind the arc has helped fuel Philadelphia's win streak. The 76ers, who were tied for last in the league in 3-pointers heading into Friday's game, went 8-of-14 from long range against the Spurs -- including buzzer beaters to end the first three quarters -- and they have gone 42-of-84 from 3-point range during their six straight wins.The Knicks (15-23) nearly tied their longest win streak of the season Friday at Washington, but couldn't hold on to a late lead in a 96-89 loss.New York, which came in riding consecutive victories, had a six-point advantage with 4:35 remaining, but the Knicks missed nine consecutive shots, allowing the Wizards to reel off 15 straight points."It felt like somebody hit me in the stomach," said New York coach Mike D'Antoni, whose team has dropped 11 of its last 15. "We felt like we had them tonight."[Only registered and activated users can see links. ] was a bright spot in Friday's game, matching a career high with 21 rebounds and scoring 15 points for his 25th double-double in the last 29 games.Philadelphia has won 10 of the last 12 meetings with the Knicks, but has lost eight of its last 11 trips to Madison Square Garden.