Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 3)

Series starts 11/3

Game 1: Friday, November 3rd
Game 2: Saturday, December 9th
Game 3: Saturday, April 14th

76ers 105

(2-0, 1-0 away)

Magic 103

(1-1, 1-1 home)

    Coverage: CSN

    7:00 PM ET, November 3, 2006

    Amway Arena, Orlando, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    PHI 26 27 24 28105
    ORL 24 28 26 25103

    Top Performers

    Phi: A. Iverson 39 Pts, 3 Reb, 10 Ast

    Orl: G. Hill 25 Pts, 3 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Iverson scores 39, hits late winner as 76ers dispel Magic

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Allen Iverson can hit a game-winning shot even when he's being defended pretty well.

    Iverson scored 39 points from every angle on the court, including a driving, fallaway runner from 10 feet out with 2.2 seconds left to give the Philadelphia 76ers a 105-103 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night.

    Elias Says
    Allen Iverson
    Allen Iverson scored 39 points and distributed 10 assists in Philadelphia's win over Orlando on Friday night. Iverson has 71 points and 16 assists in two games this season. Only two other players in NBA history scored 70-or-more points with 15-or-more assists in their team's first two games of a season: Larry Bird for Boston in 1987 (75 and 15) and Nick Van Exel for Denver in 2001 (71 and 17).

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    "I wanted to get in a little closer than I did, but I just took what the defense gave me and fortunately, it went in," Iverson said.

    Magic guard Keyon Dooling was all over Iverson on the play.

    "That wasn't the first time he threw one in like that," Dooling said. "He was definitely on tonight. That final shot was just another example of a great player making a great play when they needed him."

    The Magic had a chance to tie the game, but Grant Hill's 12-footer at the buzzer was short.

    Hill, who led the Magic with 25 points, had hit a similar shot to tie the game at 103 with 12 seconds left, but Iverson answered that with the game-winner.

    "They wanted it a little more than we did and that's a little disappointing," Hill said.

    Iverson finished 15-of-25, including three 3-pointers, but he was hardly alone in scoring from the perimeter. Reserve Kyle Korver had 28 points on 10-of-13 shooting, while Andre Iguodala and Chris Webber each added 11 for Philadelphia, which shot 56.1 percent from the field. The Sixers scored only 26 points in the paint.

    Korver was a particular sore spot for the Magic, who tried four different defenders on him, but couldn't find one that could stop him. He hit all four 3-point attempts and all four free throw shots in a near-perfect night of shooting.

    "You can tell Kyle likes the new basketball and if he likes it, I'll just deal with it," Iverson said. "I call him 'The Sniper' and he proved it tonight."

    Hedo Turkoglu had 15 points and nine rebounds and Dwight Howard finished with 14 points and nine rebounds for the Magic.

    The Magic hit 53.4 percent (39-of-73) but turnovers and foul problems kept them from finding a sustained period of success. Orlando committed 23 turnovers and big men Tony Battie and Darko Milicic played a total of 33 minutes because of foul problems.

    "When you let a team shoot 56 percent and you commit 23 turnovers, you have to play a perfect game to win," Hill said. "We didn't play a perfect game. We've got to learn from it and move on."

    A three-point play by Dooling sparked a 9-0 run that helped Orlando cut the deficit to 53-52 at halftime.

    Iverson hit his first five shots in the third quarter, including a 3-pointer that gave Philadelphia a 69-60 lead. His streak ended when the 6-foot-8 Hill took over the defensive assignment. Iverson didn't score again the rest of the period and the Magic used a 14-3 run to gain a 78-77 lead at the end of the quarter.

    The Sixers went up 92-86 on a 3-pointer by rookie Rodney Carney with 7:15 left, but the Magic rallied again. A three-point play by Hill and 3-pointer by Turkoglu gave the Magic a 99-97 lead with 2:55 left.

    The Sixers scored six straight points to go up 103-99 with 42 seconds to play, but a dunk by Howard and Hill's driving layup tied the game at 103 with 12 seconds to play.

    Game notes

    Korver was perfect in the first half, hitting all six shots from the field, including a 3-pointer, and both free throw attempts for 15 points in 14 minutes. ... Orlando had 20 second-chance points to just four for the Sixers. ... Milicic had 11 points and six rebounds in 15 minutes. He picked us his fifth foul with 34 seconds left in the third quarter and didn't return.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 105 103
    FGM-FGA 37-66 (.561) 39-73 (.534)
    3PM-3PA 8-11 (.727) 2-9 (.222)
    FTM-FTA 23-33 (.697) 23-33 (.697)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 3-22 14-44
    Assists 23 18
    Turnovers 16 23
    Steals 11 7
    Blocks 3 3
    Fast Break Points 14 20
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 29 (1/0) 28 (2/0)
    Largest Lead 9 4

    Top Performers

    Allen Iverson Iverson
    Points: 39
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 10
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Grant Hill Hill
    Points: 25
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1