Coleman, Thomas out in loss


PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Tracy McGrady and Orlando took advantage of
a Philadelphia team that just can't stay healthy.

McGrady scored 33 points and had 10 rebounds, and the Orlando
Magic defeated Philadelphia 98-93 Friday night as the 76ers lost
starters Derrick Coleman and Kenny Thomas to injuries.

Allen Iverson also suffered a bruised left hand and a sprained
right index finger late in the fourth quarter when Keith Bogans
slapped down on the hand. Iverson had X-rays after the game and is
listed as day-to-day. He will be re-evaluated Saturday.

"The referee said, 'Hand's part of the ball," said Iverson,
who spoke before he was examined. "If he did break my hand, that's
terrible they can say the hand is part of the ball if the foul is
that hard."

Iverson was frustrated by what he thought were non-calls on
aggressive drives to the basket. Iverson shot 13-for-29 from the
floor but attempted only two free throws.

"I thought it wasn't helping by me going in there and not
getting to the free-throw line," Iverson said. "Everything's
frustrating right now. I don't think my rhythm is there like I want
it to be."

The Sixers placed Coleman on the injured list and activated
guard Willie Green, who's been out since December with a thumb
injury. Thomas will not travel for Saturday's game at Cleveland.

Iverson scored 30 points and Glenn Robinson 20 for the Sixers,
who have already had an injury-plagued year.

Coleman will be out at least six weeks after breaking his right
pinkie late in the first quarter. It wasn't clear when Coleman was
hurt, but he was flexing his hand during one of the final timeouts
of the first quarter.

Coleman had the finger placed in a cast. Coleman had been
bothered all year with injuries, most recently a sprained left
knee. He's missed 13 games and was averaging 8.7 points and 6.2

Thomas sustained a corneal abrasion in his left eye after taking
an elbow from Zaza Pachulia while the two went for a rebound.
Thomas writhed in pain on the court before teammates helped him to
the locker room.

The Sixers were finally just getting back to full strength. They
dressed 12 players for only the eighth time this season and had
their regular starting lineup for the third straight game. Only
once this season have they had the same starters for four straight

"We finally get our team together and two starters go down.
Just like that, we're back to square one again," Iverson said.

Coach Randy Ayers said the injuries were not an excuse.

"We need people to step up and make plays, but we also need to
have people practice to work things out," he said.

Without Coleman and Thomas in the lineup, the Magic built a
13-point lead in the second quarter. Gordan Giricek scored the
final seven points of the third quarter to make it 69-58. He
finished with 19.

Juwan Howard scored 17 points and had 13 rebounds, and Bogans
added 13 points for the Magic.

The Sixers rallied late as John Salmons made two driving layups
and Kyle Korver hit a 3-pointer to cap a 13-4 run. Allen Iverson
sank an 18-footer to make it 81-79, but that was close as the
Sixers would get.

McGrady scored on fast-break layup, then stole the ball from
Iverson and turned that into two free throws to stretch the lead
back to eight. Korver, who finished with 12 points, hit another 3
to make it 87-84, but the Magic sealed the win from the line.

"Especially with the situation we were in in the beginning of
the season, every win for us is great, especially on the road,"
Giricek said.

McGrady seemed to find a grove from the outside, taking mostly
mid-range jumpers or 3-point attempts. McGrady, who has been
bothered with a strained big toe in his left foot, added six
assists and a couple of steals.

McGrady scored 10 points in the fourth quarter.

"When the ball is on the line, I want the ball in my hands,"
he said. "I live for that situation."

Game notes
Eric Snow had 11 assists and Samuel Dalembert had 11
rebounds for the Sixers. ... Howard was whistled for a technical in
the third quarter. ... The Sixers are 10-11 at home. ... Magic
coach Johnny Davis coached the Sixers during the 1996-1997 season,
going 22-60 before he was fired and replaced by Larry Brown. ...
Iverson went over the 14,000 career-point mark.