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Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The Philadelphia attempt to extend their season-best three-game winning streak tonight when they welcome rookie sensation and the Denver to the Wachovia Center. scored 21 points to lead the past the Detroit , 78-76, on Tuesday at The Palace. had 17 points and seven assists, as the Sixers defeated former coach Larry Brown for the second time this season.

The Sixers, who have won four of their last five, played without NBA-leading scorer , who is nursing a swollen knee.

contributed 12 points and seven rebounds off the bench, while netted 11 points in the win. Philadelphia defeated Brown and the on November 26 at the Wachovia Center.

Iverson is expected to play tonight, while Philadelphia also expects to have forward back in the lineup. On Wednesday, the activated Robinson from the injured list and placed rookie guard on the IL.

Robinson has missed 18 of Philadelphia's first 22 games this season. He was suspended by the league for the initial three contests of the campaign and also sat out 15 games because of a sprained left ankle.

The 30-year-old Robinson, who was placed on the injured list November 25, has averaged 15.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists in his four starts. He was acquired by Philadelphia from Atlanta on July 23, 2003 as a part of a four- team trade that also involved New York and Minnesota.

Philadelphia is 6-4 at home this season.

Denver enters tonight's contest having lost two straight games. The dropped their second straight game on Tuesday as they suffered a 112-98 setback at the hands of the Atlanta .

led all scorers with 25 points for the , who fell out of a first-place tie with the loss. Denver had four others in double figures with and each getting 17. Anthony posted his sixth double-double of the year with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

The are 4-6 as the visitor this season.

In 2002-03, Philadelphia defeated Denver in both contests between the two teams.

Overall, Philadelphia has won three straight and four of the last five meetings with the . These two teams have split the last eight meetings. Denver has lost three straight and four of its last five at Philadelphia

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