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Saturday, March 1st (All times Eastern)

Washington Wizards (30-28) at Philadelphia 76ers (15-43), 7:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Philadelphia 76ers will raise Allen Iverson's No. 3 to the rafters Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center, but they'll also try to snap a 12-game losing streak when they host the Washington Wizards.

The Sixers will honor Iverson, one of the team's all-time greats, at halftime against the Wizards. Julius Erving, Moses Malone and Dikembe Mutombo are expected to be on hand as will NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.

In between the Iverson festivities, the Sixers will try to get on track. They haven't won since Jan. 29 in Boston and went winless in the entire month of February. They've dropped 11 straight at home.

It's their longest home losing streak since a 12-game skid from Dec. 9, 1996- Jan. 24, 1997. Philadelphia also hasn't lost 12 straight contests overall since losing 12 in a row from Nov. 20-Dec. 11, 2009.

The recent slide has been especially problematic.

In the Sixers' last two losses, they fell to the Milwaukee Bucks, the league's worst team, and the Orlando Magic, the third-worst team record-wise, by a combined 31 points at home.

On Wednesday against Orlando, Thaddeus Young paced the Sixers with 19 points, while Tony Wroten and Eric Maynor chipped in with 15 and 13 points, respectively, off the bench.

"I saw improvement," said Sixers coach Brett Brown. "We want to win. That's the bottom line, but it doesn't cripple anything we're doing in regards to how we wake up and (work) the next day."

The Wizards come into Saturday's contest the winners of five straight. They've moved to fifth in the Eastern Conference and are 1 1/2 games behind the Chicago Bulls for fourth.

Washington has won three in a row as the visitor, including the start of this mini trip, a 134-129 triple-overtime thriller Thursday night against the Toronto Raptors.

John Wall and Marcin Gortat each poured in 31 points. Wall also handed out nine assists and Gortat had 12 rebounds on top of his career-best scoring output.

Trevor Ariza added 16 points and 10 boards, Chris Singleton chipped in 13 and Andre Miller and Bradley Beal both had 11. Beal added 10 boards.

"My feet and back are hurting and I didn't even play," joked Washington head coach Randy Wittman. "It's hard to put this game into words. There were so many changes of emotion, ups and downs."

The Wizards have taken two of three from the Sixers this season, including an overtime victory in Philadelphia on Nov. 6. The 76ers are 5-1 in their last six against Washington as the host.

03/01 10:24:49 ET

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