Orlando Magic vs. Philadelphia 76ers: Live Blog, Analysis & More

Roy BurtonContributor IApril 7, 2012

ORLANDO, FL - DECEMBER 18:  Spencer Hawes #00 of the Philadelphia 76ers guards Dwight Hoawrd #12 of the Orlando Magic during the game at Amway Arena on December 18, 2010 in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Dwight Howard scored 20 points and grabbed 22 rebounds as the Orlando Magic snapped their five-game losing streak with an 88-82 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center.

It was a spirited back-and-forth contest for most of the night, but the Magic took control in the second half as they outscored Philadelphia 51-37 over the final 24 minutes. The 76ers' bench outscored the Magic's reserves 51 to eight, but Orlando's first unit—namely J.J. Redick (19 points) and Glen Davis (23 points, 12 rebounds)—was far more productive than the Sixers' starting five.

With the win, Orlando improved to 33-23, and are now a half-game behind the Atlanta Hawks for the No.5 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race. After a 20-9 start, Philadelphia is now 29-26 on the season and two games behind the Boston Celtics (who they happen to play tomorrow) for the Atlantic Division lead.

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