76ers aim for good ending to road trip vs. Hornets

The Sixers' Evan Turner fights to put up a shot among the Lakers' Matt Barnes (left), Lamar Odom, and Andrew Bynum (right) during the 76ers' New Year's Eve loss in Los Angeles.
The Sixers' Evan Turner fights to put up a shot among the Lakers' Matt Barnes (left), Lamar Odom, and Andrew Bynum (right) during the 76ers' New Year's Eve loss in Los Angeles.
Posted: January 03, 2011

NEW ORLEANS - A win on Monday night against the New Orleans Hornets would cap the 76ers' road trip and turn it from decent into good.

The Sixers have been on the road since Dec. 18 and through seven games they have a record of 3-4, beating the Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets, and Phoenix Suns; and losing to the Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors, and Los Angeles Lakers.

After a 102-98 New Year's Eve loss to the Lakers, Sixers coach Doug Collins said he told his team that there was plenty to look forward to in 2011. He feels his team is rapidly improving.

The Sixers stayed in Los Angeles for New Year's Day and flew to New Orleans on Sunday, practicing Sunday night at New Orleans Arena.

Considering the Sixers' overall record (13-20) and their record in the last 17 games (10-7), winning three games on this 15-day road trip would be adequate, but four would be strong.

The Sixers have won three straight games against the Hornets, including an 88-70 win on Dec. 12 at the Wells Fargo Center. In that game, the Hornets recorded a season low in points.

New Orleans enters Monday's game with a record of 20-14.

Former teammates. Ex-Sixers Willie Green and Jason Smith, traded to the Hornets just before the start of training camp, have played key off-the-bench roles for New Orleans. Green, a backup guard, is averaging 7.7 points in 20.6 minutes a game. Smith, a backup big man, is averaging 5.2 points in 16.7 minutes a game.

Iguodala out. The Sixers announced Friday that swingman Andre Iguodala would miss the next five games because of right Achilles tendinitis. Iguodala, who had been listed as day-to-day, missed the team's last three games and is not scheduled for on-court activity until Jan. 10.


Contact staff writer Kate Fagan at 856-779-3844 or kfagan@phillynews.com.

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