Raptors try to stop five-game skid in Philadelphia
The Raptors are looking to break a five-game losing streak and the 76ers are looking for their second win in six when the teams meet Wednesday at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia.
Toronto (23-41) is on its fifth losing streak of at least five games this season after dropping a 109-101 decision to Utah on Sunday, a game the Raps led by eight with less than 10 minutes to go.
"I don't really care to define a loss anymore," said Chris Bosh, who finished the game with 30 points and 10 rebounds. "A loss is a loss, I just move on. It really doesn't matter who we play, we're just trying to win games.
"We've had so many opportunities where we could have turned a corner, but it just didn't happen. We just have to get off this skid right now."
Scoring hasn't been the problem for the Raptors. Bosh has averaged 27.2 points a game during the losing streak and centre Andrea Bargnani has put up an average of 21.4.
The trouble has come in the defensive end. The Raps have given up 113.2 points per game over the last five games, and have allowed 100 points in eight straight. Not since 2005 has Toronto given up 100 points in nine games in a row.
Raptors 5-1 in Philadelphia
The good news for Raptors fans is Toronto has fared well at the Wachovia Center, winning the last five of six in Philadelphia. This includes the opening-night game in the city on Oct. 29, one of three straight wins to start the season for the Raptors.
Now they're second-last in the East.
The 76ers (30-31), meanwhile, are trying to hold on to their 7th spot in the Eastern Conference. With more than a month left in the regular season and four teams close behind, their position is far from solid.
Wednesday is Philadelphia's first of three home games in a row.
They headed into the all-star break winning 14 of 18 games and threatening to move up into the East's fourth position, which would mean home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
But since then, the Sixers have lost seven of 10, including putting up their second-lowest point total of the season in dropping an 89-74 decision in Oklahoma City on Sunday.
"We haven't been playing too well after the all-star break," said Andre Iguodala, the team's leading scorer, who had nine points and six turnovers. "We kind of relaxed too much. We've got to get on pace or we could find ourselves in a bad position."
Andre Miller has been putting up consistent numbers for the Sixers, scoring at least 20 in the last five games.
With files from the Associated Press