The Philadelphia 76ers try to extend their longest winning streak of the season to five games and remain perfect on their homestand as it continues Wednesday against the Seattle SuperSonics.
The 76ers (22-38) have averaged 101.0 points during their winning streak, shooting 47.7 percent from the field and 81.4 percent from the foul line. Those marks are all well above their season averages of 95.2 points, 45.6 percent field-goal shooting and a 77.2 free-throw percentage. Defensively, Philadelphia has limited opponents to 93.5 points per game -- more than five points below its season average of 98.6.
"This team has come a really long way," said 76ers forward Kyle Korver, whose team has gone 11-8 since being a season-worst 19 games under .500 on Jan. 21.
Philadelphia rallied from a 17-point first-quarter deficit Sunday en route to a 99-86 win over New Jersey. Andre Iguodala scored 21 points, Korver and Willie Green each added 20 and Andre Miller had 12 assists for the Sixers, who made 22 of 31 shots in one stretch to get back in the game.
"It's been the high point of the season so far," said Iguodala of Sunday's win.
The small forward has topped 20 points in each of his last four games, averaging 23.5 points in that span while shooting 31-for-60 (51.7 percent) from the floor.
Miller has thrived as a playmaker with Iguodala's recent stellar play, averaging 9.0 assists during the team's four-game winning streak.
Philadelphia has not won five in a row since a six-game streak from Nov. 5-16, 2005.
Seattle (25-35) opened its four-game road trip against Atlantic Division opponents with a 100-99 victory at New York on Wednesday. Rashard Lewis hit a 3-pointer with 4.8 seconds to play as the Sonics matched a season high with their third consecutive win.
"It was a big shot. Ray saw me wide open and when it left my hand I knew it was going in," Lewis said. "I mean that's big time, especially to do it right here in New York City in the Garden. That's something I'll always remember."
Like Iguodala, Lewis has been playing some of his best basketball of the season along with his team. The Sonics forward is averaging 27.7 points while shooting 51.8 percent (29-for-56) from the field -- including 9-for-17 from 3-point range -- during his team's win streak.
Despite being in 13th place in the 15-team Western Conference, the Sonics are only four games behind the Los Angeles Clippers for the eighth and final playoff spot. Seattle, which also will play at Boston and Toronto on its road swing, is trying to win four consecutive games for the first time since April 2-9, 2006.
The 76ers have won three of the last four meetings between the teams, but have not swept the two-game season series since 1999-2000.