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