Magic try to stay hot in City of Brotherly Love
(Sports Network) – The Orlando Magic try for their fifth straight win this
evening when they kick off a brief two-game road trip against the Philadelphia
76ers at the Wachovia Center.
On Tuesday, Hedo Turkoglu poured in a season-high 30 points and Dwight Howard
recorded 22 points and 12 rebounds, as the streaking Magic defeated the
Phoenix Suns 111-102 at TD Waterhouse Centre.
Steve Francis compiled 15 points, six rebounds and six assists and DeShawn
Stevenson added 12 points, as Orlando earned its second four-game winning
streak of the season.
The Magic, who also won four in a row from November 23-28, continued to play
without guard Jameer Nelson (foot), who starred at St. Joseph’s in
Philadelphia, and forwards Grant Hill (hernia) and Bo Outlaw (knee), as well
as center Kelvin Cato (ankle). Outlaw could return tonight, while the other
three will likely remain sidelined.
Orlando, which will close this trip in New York on Friday, is 5-13 away from
home this season.
Philadelphia, meanwhile, comes in on a winning note also after Allen Iverson
poured in 41 points to pace the Philadelphia 76ers to a 109-103 victory over
Sacramento on Tuesday.
Chris Webber had 17 points and 13 rebounds against his former team, as
Philadelphia won its third in a row and swept the Kings in both meetings this
season for the first time since March of 1989.
Samuel Dalembert contributed eight points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots,
while Kyle Korver came off the bench to score 14 points for the Sixers. Andre
Iguodala scored 11 points and hit a key three-pointer with just under two
The Sixers, who will close a three-game road trip against the Knicks on
Saturday, are 14-7 in their arena this season.
Philadelphia split its four matchups with the Magic last season, but has lost
four of the last six meetings. Orlando, though, has dropped four of its last
five in the City of Brotherly Love.