Orlando Magic vs. Philadelphia 76ers: Live Blog, Analysis & More
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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Orlando (33-23) is now a half-game back of the Atlanta Hawks for the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia (29-26) is two games behind Boston for the Atlantic Division lead, and only one game above the New York Knicks for the No. 8 spot.
Collins pledged back on March 5 that Evan Turner would remain in the starting lineup for the rest of the regular season, but in his post-game press conference, he's alluding to Jodie Meeks taking Turner's spot at shooting guard.
Doug Collins: "I'm going to give that starting unit one more time, and if it doesn't work, I'm going to have to make a change."
Doug Collins: "The starts in the first and third quarter doomed us." Orlando began the first quarter on a 12-2 run, and started the third on a 15-7 spurt.
A 53-41 edge on the boards for Orlando tonight. 17 of the Magic's rebounds came off of the offensive glass.
Howard performance was impressive, but Glen Davis's 23 points and 12 rebounds were the key behind the Magic victory tonight. Also not to be overlooked is the 19 points from J.J. Redick.
Philadelphia's bench (Williams, Meeks and Young) scored 51 of the team's 82 points on the night - no Sixers' starter had more than seven points against the Magic.
Magic 88, 76ers 82, Final: Stan Van Gundy with a smile and Dwight Howard with a fine game (20 points, 22 rebounds) as the Magic pull out a six-point victory over Philadelphia tonight.
Howard (in a post-game interview): "I wanted to let everybody know that I would never quit on my team."
Magic 88, 76ers 82, 8.4 seconds left in 4Q: It's all over at this point as the Magic are seconds away from breaking their five-game losing streak.
Magic 87, 76ers 80, 0:44.5 left in 4Q: Andre Iguodala misses two free throws, and a chorus of boos rains down upon him from the fans. Another Magic possession and another foul of Howard as Tony Battie simply grabs Howard's arm on a shot attempt. Groundhog. Day.
Magic 86, 76ers 80, 1:09 left in 4Q: It's Fan Appreciation Night at the Wells Fargo Center, but I'm sure the 76ers' fans don't appreciate the effort they've seen over the past few minutes of the fourth quarter...
Another Sixers miss, and another Magic possession that ends in a foul of Howard. The last few minutes have been like the movie "Groundhog Day."
Magic 85, 76ers 80, 1:39 left in 4Q: Thaddeus Young misses a 14-footer, and Howard is fouled on the other end. Howard is a 47 percent foul shooter, but is 10-for-14 so far on the night.
Magic 84, 76ers 80, 2:05 left in 4Q: Elton Brand just went the bear hug route while fouling Dwight Howard. Prepare for "Hack-A-Dwight" over these next two minutes.
Magic 82, 76ers 78, 2:21 left in 4Q: Frenetic pace at the Wells Fargo Center as the Magic can't seem to put Philadelphia away just yet. Howard has 15 points, 19 rebounds and six assists on the evening.
Magic 82, 76ers 76, 3:21 left in 4Q: J.J. Redick has scored the last eight points for the Magic, running off screens and playing the hand-off game with Dwight Howard. He has 19 points on the night and his team leads by six.
Magic 77, 76ers 76, 4:42 left in 4Q: Jrue Holiday finally gets in the ledger with a layup, and he draws the contact as well, leading to the three-point play.
Philadelphia is 0-8 in games decided by four points or less. So if the score holds up, Orlando has the advantage.
The two teams are a combined 54-for-140 from the field. Philadelphia fans at the Wells Fargo Center get free Big Macs if their team scores over 100 in a game. Looks like 20,000 people won't be getting any free sandwiches tonight.
76ers 73, Magic 72, 5:57 left in 4Q: Philadelphia's bench is outscoring its starters 49-24 - it's clear that Meeks, Williams and Young will be the go-to options down the stretch for Doug Collins.
Magic 72, 76ers 71, 6:41 left in 4Q: Jodie Meeks, Jrue Holiday and J.J. Redick have all hit the floor over the past few minutes. It's clear that the intensity is picking up a bit on both sides.
Magic 70, 76ers 69, 7:40 left in 4Q: Thaddeus Young has scored the last eight points for the 76ers who are now within one.
Doug Collins: "We gotta have some fire in our belly... we gotta fight."
Howard is moving around very gingerly on both ends of the court, but has still been rather productive tonight (13 points, 17 rebounds, four assists).
A 41-32 rebounding edge for Orlando so far as things are starting to take a turn for the worse for the Sixers. Starting point guard Jrue Holiday is still scoreless for Philadelphia.
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