Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 1/26

Game 1: Thursday, January 26th
Game 2: Sunday, January 29th
Game 3: Friday, March 24th
Game 4: Saturday, April 15th

76ers 89

(23-21, 8-13 away)

Magic 81

(18-24, 12-10 home)

    Coverage: CSN

    6:00 PM ET, January 29, 2006

    Amway Arena, Orlando, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    PHI 21 23 21 2489
    ORL 17 28 19 1781

    Top Performers

    Phi: J. Salmons 17 Pts, 6 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl

    Orl: S. Francis 22 Pts, 10 Reb, 10 Ast

    Webber, Salmons lead Philly to second win without Answer

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The Philadelphia 76ers might have surprised themselves the way they dealt with the absence of Allen Iverson on Sunday.

    They certainly surprised the Orlando Magic.

    Chris Webber scored 18 points and John Salmons added 17 to help the 76ers beat the Magic 89-81 on Sunday.

    The 76ers played without Iverson, who missed his second straight game with a sprained left ankle. Iverson, second in the NBA in scoring at 33.6 points per game, is day-to-day.

    "If you're missing a player like Allen you have to overcompensate," Philadelphia coach Maurice Cheeks said. "You're not going to replace a guy who scores 33-34 points a game, but you can replace him in other areas when you get production from everyone."

    Magic point guard Steve Francis had 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists while teammate Dwight Howard added 14 points and 11 rebounds, but Orlando struggled to find an offensive rhythm and lost at home for the first time in eight games.

    "It was bad," Francis said. "I thought we'd be more prepared and guys would come out and play harder. They outplayed us in every aspect of the game."

    Webber, who also had a season-high eight assists, hit two jumpers during an 8-0 run late in the fourth quarter that made it 83-75 Philadelphia.

    Samuel Dalembert had 15 points and eight rebounds and helped anchor the Sixers' defense down the stretch. He had three blocks and a steal in the final four minutes and Philadelphia held the Magic to just 5-of-18 shooting (27.1 percent) in the final period. Two of the made field goals were conceded layups in the final 25 seconds when the outcome was already decided.

    "When you're missing 30 points, your defense better be a lot better," Webber said.

    Francis' triple-double included 12 points in the fourth quarter, but he didn't get much help. The Magic took mostly jump shots the entire game and when they did get it inside late, Dalembert consistently batted away their attempts.

    "I think this was definitely our worst loss of the season and it's very bitter for me because their best player (Iverson) was out," Magic coach Brian Hill said. "I thought we were sloppy offensively the whole game and we weren't focused defensively. I thought from top to bottom it was from every individual, our worst game of the year."

    Game notes

    Magic PG Jameer Nelson missed his fourth straight game because of a sprained foot. Nelson is expected to be ready for Wednesday's home game against the Clippers. ... Sixers' backup F Matt Barnes also missed the game with a sprained left ankle. ... Kevin Ollie, Iverson's replacement in the starting lineup, had a season-high 12 points.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 89 81
    FGM-FGA 31-68 (.456) 31-72 (.431)
    3PM-3PA 1-9 (.111) 3-13 (.231)
    FTM-FTA 26-38 (.684) 16-21 (.762)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-37 14-40
    Assists 21 20
    Turnovers 10 17
    Steals 11 3
    Blocks 6 4
    Fast Break Points 8 11
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 24 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 8 7

    Top Performers

    John Salmons Salmons
    Points: 17
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Steve Francis Francis
    Points: 22
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 10
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0