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Green Is Back, 'Melo Isn't

Willie Green is back in the 76ers starting lineup tonight, but Carmelo Anthony is missing his third straight game.

DENVER--Willie Green, who sat out the 76ers' loss in Boston Tuesday night, is back in the starting lineup tonight against the Denver Nuggets. And Theo Ratliff, who m issed the Celtics game because of the flu, is also in uniform and available to play.

This is the first leg of the five-game Western swing that continues Monday night against the Utah Jazz, then moves to Los Angeles (the Clippers) New Year's Eve. The trip concludes with games in Dallas Jan. 2 and San Antonio Jan. 3.

The Nuggets, even without Anthony, won't easy. At 18-11, they need a victory to match the second best record after 30 games in franchise history. The Sixers, meanwhile, are 3-2 under Tony DiLeo.

Something to watch: The Sixers 0-for-19 on three-point attempts in the last two games.