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
"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
With 2:02 left to play, Iverson's jumper put Orlando in a
"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
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
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.
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.