Regular Season Series (Game 3 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

Magic 102

(26-43, 7-29 away)

76ers 86

(32-36, 20-15 home)

    Coverage: CSN

    7:00 PM ET, March 24, 2006

    Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

    1 2 3 4 T
    ORL 25 25 23 29102
    PHI 19 22 21 2486

    Top Performers

    Orlando: D. Howard 15 Pts, 19 Reb, 5 Ast, 4 Blk

    Philadelphia: C. Webber 23 Pts, 15 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Blk

    Howard's double helps Magic snap road skid

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Trailing by 10 points early in the first quarter and in the midst of a franchise-record 16-game road losing streak, Orlando Magic head coach Brian Hill knew exactly where to turn.

    The bench.

    Orlando's reserves outscored Philadelphia's bench 50-28 and the Magic pulled away for a 102-86 win over a 76ers team that is fighting for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

    "I can't say enough good things about the bench," Hill said. "I thought early in the game we lacked energy. Guys came in and picked it up for us; picked up our defensive intensity. It was basically the same thing in the second half. We got good shots and good offensive production from our bench."

    Carlos Arroyo scored 16 points, Keyon Dooling had 12, and Darko Milicic and Trevor Ariza each added 11 off the bench for Orlando, which hadnt won away from home since its last trip to Philadelphia a 119-115 overtime victory over the Sixers on Jan. 26.

    But it wasnt all the reserves, as Orlando finished with seven players in double figures. Dwight Howard enjoyed a huge game with 15 points, 19 rebounds, five assists and four blocks.

    "Hes a great talent, hes awesome, said Magic point guard Jameer Nelson, who finished with 19 points and seven assists. "He's only going to get better and thats scary for the league.

    Tony Battie was the other Magic player in double figures with 10 points.

    Orlando controlled the game on both ends of the court. The Magic shot 56 percent from the floor (40-for-71), outrebounded Philadelphia 47-33, and held Sixers guard Allen Iverson to 17 points on 4-for-19 shooting.

    "I struggled on both ends of the court and I just couldnt get in a rhythm out there, said Iverson, who finished with 10 assists. "When I struggle the way I did tonight, as a team we are obviously going to struggle.

    Chris Webber led the Sixers with 23 points and 15 rebounds, but missed eight straight shots in one stretch during the first half. Kyle Korver hit four 3-pointers and finished with 18.

    Philadelphia (32-36) has dropped eight of its last 10 games, but still is in eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

    "It was just an ugly game starting in the first half, said Webber, who admitted after the game to being embarrassed. "You have games like that during the season because its a long season, but right now we just cant afford to have that type of game.

    The Sixers stormed to an 11-1 lead in the first four minutes, but Orlando quickly turned things around with an 11-0 run and didn't trail after the midway point of the first quarter.

    Korver tied the game at 53 with a 3-pointer early in the third, but Howard hit a pair of baskets and Nelson scored on a driving layup to extend the lead back to 59-53.

    Samuel Dalembert's jumper brought the Sixers within 76-67 early in the fourth quarter, but Milicic hit three straight baskets and Orlando pulled away.

    Game notes

    Philadelphia president Billy King announced before the game that forward Jamal Mashburn had been waived. Mashburn, who hasn't played in two years because of a right knee injury and never suited up for the 76ers, subsequently retired from the NBA.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 102 86
    FGM-FGA 40-71 (.563) 31-81 (.383)
    3PM-3PA 2-5 (.400) 8-17 (.471)
    FTM-FTA 20-26 (.769) 16-23 (.696)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-47 15-33
    Assists 24 22
    Turnovers 21 14
    Steals 11 12
    Blocks 8 7
    Fast Break Points 20 7
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (1/0) 19 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 20 10

    Top Performers

    Dwight Howard Howard
    Points: 15
    Reb: 19
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 4
    Chris Webber Webber
    Points: 23
    Reb: 15
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2