Orlando Magic Blow Out The 76ers To Win The Series 4-2

David ArreolaSenior Analyst IMay 1, 2009

The Orlando Magic were without two of their starters for their crucial Game Six against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Courtney Lee was ruled out of the game because of surgery on his broken sinus, and his status for the rest of the playoffs is in doubt.

Dwight Howard was serving a one game suspension for his elbow to the face to a 76ers player in Game Five.

The Magic proved they didn't need the NBA Defensive Player of the Year by beating the 76ers 114-89.

J.J. Redick and Marcin Gortat filled in for the missing starters Lee and Howard, respectively.

Both new starters had fantastic games and dominated all game. Redick was 5/5 in three-point shooting in the first half. All 15 of his points came from three-pointers.

Marcin Gortat dominated inside, recording 15 rebounds and 11 points on his way to a double-double.

Regular starters Rafer Alston and Rashard Lewis played big and each had over 20 points. Rafer also cashed in with 10 assists.

The game was never really close as the Magic always kept the 76ers out of reach. Big three-point shooting and huge blocks on defense helped to demoralize an already beaten Philadelphia team in the second half.

Andre Iguodala once again put in a good performance, though in a losing effort. The Philly fans started raining down the boos in the third quarter as it became obvious they were being beaten physically and mentally.

While Coach Stan Van Gundy was extremely proud of his subs stepping up in Howard's absence, he did admit: "If we didn't have Dwight for a handful of games, then we'd be in some trouble."

Courtney Lee will likely miss the rest of the playoffs, giving the former 11th pick in the NBA draft and Duke legend, J.J. Redick, a chance to start for his team.

The Magic will play the winner of the thrilling Bulls-Celtics series in the Eastern Conference semifinals.