Sixers lack magic in Orlando

February 22, 2008 6:43:31 PM PST
Hedo Turkoglu scored a season-high 31 points and Dwight Howard had 24 points and 18 rebounds to help the Orlando Magic beat the Philadelphia 76ers 115-99 Friday night. Andre Miller and Andre Iguodala each scored 25 for Philadelphia and Willie Green had 21 points.

Orlando led comfortably all game - most of it by double digits.

But the Sixers put a late scare into the Magic with a 10-2 run over two minutes in the fourth quarter that made it 82-76. Iguodala scored six in the span, capping it with a steal and fast-break dunk that drew boos from the home crowd.

The Magic answered with a run of their own - 7-2 in less than a minute, including a 3-pointer by Turkoglu - to effectively put the game away.

The 76ers never led, and Orlando was up 26-16 after the first quarter and 53-40 at halftime.

Philadelphia had won six of its last seven, and was coming off a 40-point win over New York Knicks on Wednesday. The Southeast Division-leading Magic have struggled at home, where they are 15-11.

Rashard Lewis and Jameer Nelson had 17 points for the Magic.

Turkoglu also had seven assists.

The Sixers didn't make a 3-pointer until less than three minutes were left in the game. They ended up shooting 3-for-13, compared with 15-of-33 for Orlando.

Notes:
Howard was honored pre-game at center court with a trophy for winning the slam dunk contest. The arena also began playing the "Superman" theme when the center made a big play, homage to the jersey and cape Howard wore for the winning dunk. ... Philadelphia closes a two-game road trip at Miami on Saturday, then hosts the Magic at home Wednesday.


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