Final

Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/14

Game 1: Sunday, November 14th
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76ers96
Game 2: Saturday, November 27th
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Magic105
Game 3: Saturday, January 22nd
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Magic115
Game 4: Saturday, February 12th
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76ers 111

(18-21, 9-14 away)

Magic 115

(22-17, 14-5 home)

Coverage: CSN

7:00 PM ET, January 22, 2005

Amway Arena, Orlando, FL

1 2 3 4 T
PHI 36 18 29 28111
ORL 35 30 19 31115

Top Performers

Philadelphia: S. Dalembert 24 Pts, 16 Reb, 4 Blk

Orlando: D. Howard 21 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast

Orlando surges in final 2 minutes; Iverson scores 38

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Even with Grant Hill on the bench with a sore wrist, this was the type of total team effort the Orlando Magic have sought all season.

"We had lot of people really step up and make huge plays for us on both ends," Orlando coach Johnny Davis said after the Magic rallied to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 115-111 on Saturday night.

Hedo Turkoglu scored 22 points and Dwight Howard added 21 to lead six players in double figures. Only Pat Garrity, with 13 of his 18 points in a 4½-minute stretch of the second quarter, took over the game at any time.

Other than that, everyone helped carry the load. In Orlando's game-ending 12-2 run, five players scored.

"For being short-handed and needing everyone to step up, I thought they did a nice job of that," Davis said.

The 76ers' collapse was reminiscent their loss at Detroit a week ago. In that game, Philadelphia led by five with 1:58 remaining, only to lose 99-95 after the Pistons reeled off seven unanswered points.

"All of these losses hurt," said Allen Iverson, whose 38 points were his most since sitting out a game two weeks ago with an ankle sprain. "It doesn't matter if it is one point or 30 points."

With 2:02 left to play, Iverson's jumper put Orlando in a 109-103 hole.

"Who else is playing better than he is right now?" asked teammate Kyle Korver, who scored eight of his 16 points in the fourth quarter. "He's our leader and he's our heart. We just keep calling on him."

Jameer Nelson sparked the comeback with two steals, cashed in for three free throws, cutting the deficit to a point. Nelson had seven steals, one short of the franchise record, to go with his 12 points.

Orlando had a season-high 14 steals.

"Defense, that's my main focus," said Nelson, whose 31 minutes were a season best. "We've got a lot of guys who can put the ball in the hole."

Orlando took the lead on Steve Francis' putback with 24.6 seconds to go. He had 14 points, nearly eight below his average, on 4-of-14 shooting.

On Philadelphia's final three possessions, Iverson threw a pass off the rim, then Corliss Williamson missed short shots and the Magic rebounded both.

"We had 62 points in the paint and we should've had 102, with all the point-blank misses we had, including the last ones," Philadelphia coach Jim O'Brien said. "They just didn't go down."

The Magic won despite tying a season worst with 12 missed free throws (35-for-47) and committing 22 turnovers -- but only one in the final 14½ minutes.

Philadelphia trailed by 15 in the first half, but rode Samuel Dalembert to take an 85-84 lead. After picking up his fifth foul midway through the third quarter, he seemed to find a spark.

Over the next eight minutes, Dalembert had 14 points, six rebounds and a pair of blocks.

"Believe it or not, we were trying to go at Dalembert -- he was just blocking the guy's shots," Davis said. "We went at him three or four plays straight. He had a fantastic defensive game."

Dalembert finished with a career high-tying 24 points, a season-best 16 rebounds and four blocks.

"We need to have a number of games where Sammy gets that many rebounds and where we find him around the basket," O'Brien said. "It's what we've been hoping for all year."

This was a matchup of two of the league's faster-paced squads, with the offenses in overdrive and the defenses in retreat. Orlando opened the game shooting 9-of-11 while Philadelphia got 24 of its 36 first-quarter points in the paint.

Game notes


Philadelphia's Kenny Thomas left the game with 5:22 remaining after he was bloodied by Howard's elbow striking him near the left eye. He took seven stitches in the brow. ... Orlando has beaten Philadelphia 25 times in 32 home games ... Magic reserve center Andrew DeClercq (flu) also missed the game. ... The game was a sellout, Orlando's fourth of the season.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
PHI
ORL
Points 111 115
FGM-FGA 41-86 (.477) 36-79 (.456)
3PM-3PA 5-18 (.278) 8-17 (.471)
FTM-FTA 24-31 (.774) 35-47 (.745)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-42 14-45
Assists 18 17
Turnovers 21 22
Steals 9 14
Blocks 6 3
Fast Break Points 12 17
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (0/0) 25 (1/0)
Largest Lead 6 15

Top Performers

Philadelphia
Orlando
Samuel Dalembert Dalembert
Points: 24
Reb: 16
Ast: 0
Stl: 0
Blk: 4
Dwight Howard Howard
Points: 21
Reb: 9
Ast: 1
Stl: 0
Blk: 0