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
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
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."
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.