Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 1/26

Game 1: Thursday, January 26th
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OT
76ers115
Game 2: Sunday, January 29th
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Magic81
Game 3: Friday, March 24th
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76ers86
Game 4: Saturday, April 15th
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Magic102

Magic 119

(18-22, 6-13 away)

76ers 115

(21-21, 14-8 home)

Coverage: CSN

7:00 PM ET, January 26, 2006

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

1 2 3 4 OT T
ORL 28 28 21 26 16119
PHI 32 15 27 29 12115

Top Performers

Orlando: H. Turkoglu 25 Pts, 8 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl

Philadelphia: A. Iverson 38 Pts, 3 Reb, 15 Ast, 1 Stl

Garrity, Turkoglu lead Magic past Sixers in OT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- With key 3-pointers early and late, Pat Garrity enjoyed his best game of the season. No one on Orlando is hitting shots like Hedo Turkoglu.

Together, the duo has the Magic on a roll they don't want to end.

"We hit really big shots, I did, Pat did, everybody did," Turkoglu said. "We have to take the winning streak further. It's really big for us to have a team effort like we did tonight."

Garrity opened overtime with consecutive 3-pointers and scored a season-high 24 points, Turkoglu had 25, and the Magic beat the Philadelphia 76ers 119-115 Thursday night for their season-high fifth straight win.

Keyon Dooling sank the go-ahead free throws with 1:08 left in overtime and had 18 points. Dwight Howard had 22 to help Orlando run off its longest winning streak since it won six straight in 2002. The Magic won their second straight road game after losing their previous eight.

Orlando seems to have put aside the distraction of Steve Francis' two-game suspension for refusing to re-enter a blowout game and will try to extend its streak Friday at New York.

Turkoglu has sparked the turnaround for the Magic, scoring 104 points on 35-for-64 shooting (55 percent) in the last four games.

"I think the key to the win streak is people going through a lot of drama like we were and then just finally saying, 'Let's just push that all aside," Garrity said. "Sometimes a little adversity brings people closer together and maybe that's the case here."

Allen Iverson, who appeared to hurt his ankle in the final minute of regulation, scored 38 points and had 15 assists, and Chris Webber used a big second half to finish with 32 points and 11 rebounds for the Sixers, who had their three-game winning streak snapped.

Like almost every Sixers home game, this one came down to the final baskets.

Iverson, who was not on the court for the Sixers' final shot of the fourth, returned for overtime and did not seem affected by any possible injury. Iverson drove to the hoop for two layups after Garrity's 3s, then, after an Orlando basket, hit a jumper that made it 111-109.

Webber converted a three-point play with 1:13 left that tied the score at 113. Dooling, though, made the foul shots and Howard added a wide-open dunk when no Sixers player blocked him out for a 117-113 lead.

Both teams wasted crucial opportunities late in regulation, the Sixers got sloppy and a four-point lead was wasted when Turkoglu came down and sank a 3-pointer with 23 seconds left for a 103-101 lead.

Already having a second half full of clutch baskets, Webber was in position for his biggest one yet, following through on Andre Iguodala's miss to tie the game 103-all.

Iverson was hurt on that play, though, when he slid across the baseline and his left foot jammed into a stationary Howard. Iverson immediately grimaced in pain, hobbled down the line and around the right side of the court all the way to the bench. He was not on the court for the Sixers' final shot of regulation -- an open-look miss by Kyle Korver -- but said he was fine.

Webber made six of seven shots, including a 3-pointer, for 13 points in the fourth.

"I have to tell you that first and foremost, defense is the problem," Webber said.

Francis had 11 points and 15 assists and Tony Battie finished with 12 points for the Magic, who shot 59 percent from the floor and went 7-for-13 from 3-point range.

Garrity scored 11 points during a 3:23 stretch in the second quarter and that gave Orlando a double-digit lead it held until midway through the fourth.

"Some things you have to give up, but giving him open 3s is not something you want to give up," Iverson said.

Webber tied the game on an 18-footer, then put the Sixers ahead 86-84 for their first lead since the middle of the second quarter.

Kevin Ollie, the journeyman guard who's played on 10 teams, surprisingly got the bulk of the minutes in the fourth quarter and gave the Sixers a needed lift. He made two foul shots for a 90-88 lead, then scooped a loose ball on a Magic turnover and fed a nifty bounce pass on the fast break to Webber, who converted the basket for a four-point lead.

"We've got to learn how to close out games," Iverson said. "When you go up four points, it's time to buckle down and win the basketball game. We fought all the way back to get the lead, then we're not able to sustain it and it's been like that all year."

Game notes


Magic assistant coach Randy Ayers returned to the Wachovia Center for the first time since he was fired as Philadelphia's head coach 52 games into the 2003-04 season. Ayers was promoted after Larry Brown left for Detroit. "When I got fired, I was a little disappointed with the timing of it," Ayers said. "Other than that, it's all been good memories. I had some of my best basketball moments here at the arena." ... Former Saint Joseph's star Jameer Nelson did not play for the Magic with a sprained foot.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ORL
PHI
Points 119 115
FGM-FGA 43-73 (.589) 44-90 (.489)
3PM-3PA 7-13 (.538) 5-14 (.357)
FTM-FTA 26-41 (.634) 22-27 (.815)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-37 13-38
Assists 27 21
Turnovers 19 15
Steals 6 6
Blocks 3 4
Fast Break Points 11 9
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (1/0) 30 (0/0)
Largest Lead 11 6

Top Performers

Orlando
Philadelphia
Hedo Turkoglu Turkoglu
Points: 25
Reb: 8
Ast: 5
Stl: 2
Blk: 0
Allen Iverson Iverson
Points: 38
Reb: 3
Ast: 15
Stl: 1
Blk: 0