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Memphis at Philadelphia

Sixers complete perfect homestand, win fifth straight game

CBSSports.com wire reports
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PHILADELPHIA -- The All-Star break is coming at the worst possible time for the Philadelphia 76ers. They would much rather keep playing.

Andre Iguodala had 29 points, eight rebounds and eight assists as the 76ers won their fifth straight and completed a perfect homestand before the All-Star break with a 102-88 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.

"It's unfortunate that the All-Star break is coming now," Sixers coach Maurice Cheeks said. "But it is here and we have to think about where we are and where we're trying to get to."

Samuel Dalembert added 16 points and 12 rebounds and Andre Miller had 14 points and 11 assists for the Sixers, who improved to 23-30. Philadelphia has also defeated Washington, Miami, the Los Angeles Clippers and Dallas on its home court since Feb. 5.

The 76ers are in a three-way tie for seventh place in the Eastern Conference with New Jersey and Atlanta.

"It puts us in position to compete for a spot," Iguodala said of the playoffs. "We need to get better and understand that we need to get better as a group."

Hakim Warrick and Rudy Gay scored 23 points each for the Grizzlies (14-38), who dropped their ninth straight road game. Memphis, in last place in the Southwest Division, fell to 4-20 on the road this season. Kyle Lowry contributed 15 points and Mike Miller had 13.

"We're going through some tough times right now," Memphis coach Marc Iavaroni said.

The Sixers scored the first 11 points of the third quarter -- five by Iguodala -- for a commanding 66-45 advantage. Philadelphia went on to hit seven straight field goals en route to a 78-60 lead.

Memphis eventually went on an 11-2 run, including eight points by Warrick, and got within 92-86 on a thunderous dunk by Warrick with 4:08 remaining. But Philadelphia responded with back-to-back baskets by Miller and Iguodala for a 96-86 advantage with 2:45 left.

"Since we traded Pau (Gasol), it's a matter of everyone stepping up," Warrick said. "It isn't just one player who's going to fill his shoes. We all have to step up together and be determined. We can't afford any lapses."

Lou Williams gave the Sixers a 55-45 halftime lead after he hit a 37-foot bank shot just before the buzzer sounded.

Iguodala led the way for Philadelphia with 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting.

"I got a good rhythm going and I got some good shots," Iguodala said.

The Sixers opened the game with a 14-2 advantage and wound up shooting 55 percent from the field, including 5-of-8 from 3-point territory.

Notes

Iavaroni was honored at halftime as part of the 25th anniversary of the 1982-83 Sixers championship team. He was a starting forward on that team, the last to win a championship in Philadelphia. ... Grizzlies G Aaron McKie wasn't with the team for personal reasons. McKie began the season as a volunteer assistant coach with the 76ers before being signed by the Los Angeles Lakers on Feb. 1 and then traded to Memphis. ... The Sixers have won both games against the Grizzlies this season.
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Memphis (14-38) 2124232088
Philadelphia (23-30) «26292918102
MEM:H. Warrick 23 Pts
MEM:H. Warrick 8 Reb
MEM:K. Lowry 6 Ast
PHI:A. Iguodala 29 Pts
PHI:S. Dalembert 12 Reb
PHI:A. Miller 11 Ast
Players of the Game
PhiladelphiaMemphis

A. Iguodala

H. Warrick
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Memphis
H. Warrick, PF3411-171-480123
M. Miller, SF296-100-031113
R. Gay, SG298-195-541423
D. Milicic, PF130-40-05010
M. Conley, PG90-30-00100
K. Lowry, SG394-84-466215
J. Navarro, PG313-110-04227
K. Brown, C200-31-24511
J. Collins, C152-20-01124
J. Crittenton, PG151-40-03012
B. Cardinal, PF70-20-02000
A. McKie, SGDid Not Play
C. Jacobsen, SGDid Not Play
A. Brown, SFDid Not Play
Totals 35-8311-1540171588
 42.2%73.3% 
Philadelphia
S. Dalembert, C396-104-6120216
A. Iguodala, SF3813-250-088329
A. Miller, PG366-102-2611414
T. Young, SF356-100-080212
W. Green, SG254-81-112111
L. Williams, SG272-73-43428
R. Evans, PF170-51-28011
K. Ollie, PG82-20-00014
R. Carney, SF82-30-10224
J. Smith, PF81-31-22113
C. Booth, CDid Not Play
G. Giricek, SGDid Not Play
S. Randolph, PFDid Not Play
L. Amundson, PFDid Not Play
H. Hill, PFDid Not Play
Totals 42-8312-18482819102
 50.6%66.7% 
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SA 112 Final
Cle 105
Den 98 Final
Orl 109
NJ 91 Final
Tor 109
Atl 98 Final
Char 100
NY 103 Final
Bos 111
Ind 80 Final
Det 96
NO 111 Final
Mil 107
LAL 117 Final
Min 92
Port 76 Final
Dal 96
Sac 87 Final
Hou 89
Pho 118 Final
GS 120
Utah 112 Final
Sea 93
Wash 91 Final
LAC 89