Magic beat 76ers in Orlando

March 21, 2008 6:50:59 PM PDT
Rashard Lewis scored 18 points, leading eight Magic players in double figures in Orlando's 113-95 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night. Louis Williams scored 18 for Philadelphia, Andre Iguodala added 14 points and reserve Rodney Carney had 11 points. The 76ers, who at 34-35 are still trying to clinch an Eastern Conference playoff spot, had won four in a row and 10 of 12.

The Magic, the NBA leader in 3-pointers made, hurt Philadelphia from long range. Orlando had more 3s in the first 6½ minutes (4) than the Sixers usually have for a whole game. Orlando started 6-for-6 from behind the arc, with contributions from five different players, to help build a 30-11 lead. That was with more than 3 minutes left in the first quarter.

Orlando was a blistering 14-of-23 from 3-point range for the game, compared with 4-for-13 for Philadelphia.

The Magic went scoreless for a 4½-minute stretch from the first quarter into the second, and that was the game's only drama.

Williams had eight points in a 12-0 Philadelphia run, and the Magic were 0-8 from the field with four turnovers. Still, they were ahead 33-23, and by as many as 34 points later - tying a season high. Dwight Howard had 13 points and 12 rebounds despite playing only 23 minutes. Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy pulled Howard after his third foul halfway through the third quarter, then never needed to put him back in.

Hedo Turkoglu had 16 points and nine assists and Keyon Dooling scored 13 for the Magic. Jameer Nelson had 12 points and seven assists and Maurice Evans scored 12, Keith Bogans added 11 points and Brian Cook scored 10.

Notes: Turkoglu was cheered by a 300-member delegation from his home country of Turkey. They were in town for the annual meeting of a Turkish manufacturing company, which was planned here partly to watch him play. ... Philadelphia picked up four fouls on one Magic possession in the second quarter - three on C Samuel Dalembert. ... Both teams play Saturday: the 76ers at New Jersey, Orlando at Atlanta.

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