The Toronto Raptors get one last chance to set a single-season franchise record for wins as they host the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday in each team's regular-season finale.
The 47 wins equal the mark established by the 2000-01 team. Setting the record for the Raptors (47-34), however, is secondary to being healthy for the playoffs.
Toronto rested two of its top three scorers in Tuesday's 100-84 loss to Detroit. All-Star forward Chris Bosh and guard Anthony Parker were in street clothes as the Raptors shot 39.0 percent from the field and had their six-game winning streak end.
Rookie forward Uros Slokar took advantage of the increased playing time and scored a career-high 18 points, making 7 of 10 shots from the field. Slokar, a second-round pick in 2005, had scored 20 combined points in his previous 19 games.
"I've been waiting all year for a chance like this," Slokar said. "For me, every game might be my last, so I have to prove to someone that I can play. That went pretty well tonight."
Morris Peterson, one of Toronto's key reserves, added 14 points and 13 rebounds before leaving the game in the last two minutes with a knee injury. He limped off the floor, and was helped back to the locker room, but didn't think the injury was serious.
"My first thought was 'Oh no, not now,' but I think it scared me more than being any actual injury," Peterson said. "I don't think I'm going to miss any practices or games, but we'll have to see what happens tomorrow."
The Sixers (34-47) are closing out a season that started promisingly with three wins before turning into a rebuilding year. Philadelphia severed ties with franchise player Allen Iverson in December, then agreed to a buyout with five-time All-Star Chris Webber to make room for younger talent.
Andre Iguodala has become the new focal point of the offense, averaging career highs in points (18.2), assists (5.7) and steals (2.0). Center Samuel Dalembert has also emerged with career highs in points (10.9) and rebounds (9.0) while shooting a career-best 54.6 percent.
"We all know that we're looking forward to next year based upon the players that have and the effort that they've given this year," coach Maurice Cheeks said. "I see positives with the players that we have. They are young and they understand going in that they have to take another step to be good."
Dalembert had 11 points and 10 rebounds on Tuesday in a 98-92 loss to Cleveland, Philadelphia's second loss in its last six games.
Iguodala, though, has missed four of the last five games with a strained lower back, and his status for Wednesday is uncertain.
Toronto is trying to complete its first-ever season series sweep of Philadelphia and has won the last four games between the teams. Bosh had 23 points and 13 rebounds in a 94-85 victory in the last meeting April 6, while Iguodala paced the 76ers with 20 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
The Raptors have not won five in a row against the Sixers since Jan. 21, 2001-Feb. 4, 2002.