Magic hold off Iverson-less Sixers
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Dwight Howard poured in a season-high 28 points
and pulled down 12 rebounds as Orlando held on for an 86-84 win over
Philadelphia, which was again noticeably without its best player.
Allen Iverson, who was sent home prior to Friday’s defeat to Washington, will
be traded from the Sixers, according to president Ed Snider. Iverson’s 31.2
points per game were second-best in the NBA entering Saturday’s play.
Howard finished an impressive 12-of-17 shooting while Grant Hill scored 23
points with six boards for the Magic, who snapped a two-game skid.
Trevor Ariza contributed 13 points off the bench and Jameer Nelson added eight
points and dished out seven assists in the victory.
Orlando, which missed all nine of its three-point attempts, shot just 44.6
percent from the field.
Chris Webber scored 19 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and had eight helpers for
the Sixers, who have lost seven straight and 11 of 12. Andre Iguodala also had
19 points and Kyle Korver donated 16.
Samuel Dalembert netted 12 points and six boards in defeat.
The Sixers tied the contest twice in the fourth, first at 72 on Steven
Hunter’s layup, and then at 76 after Iguodala’s put-in, but were unable to
take the lead as Orlando scored the next six points.
Korver made it 85-84 with a layup and free throw with 47 seconds remaining,
but Keyon Dooling converted 1-of-2 from the charity stripe for the two-point
Kevin Ollie attempted to tie the game for the Sixers with under five seconds
left, but his jumper was blocked by Nelson as time expired.
Philadelphia finished 52.3 percent shooting.
Orlando went on a 9-0 run and led by as many as 10, 27-17, on Howard’s dunk at
the 2:09 mark in the first quarter. Philadelphia, though, cut its deficit to
31-25 after Willie Green drained a three with two seconds left.
Late in the second, Philadelphia scored six straight points to get within one
until Hill’s layup gave Orlando a 53-50 lead at the half.
Howard led the Magic with 20 points in the first half while Webber and
Iguodala each netted 12 for the Sixers.
With 4 1/2 minutes left in the third, Korver drained a trey as Philadelphia
got within one, 65-64. Then, with 1:33 to play, Green capped the frame with a
jumper to keep it a one-point game after three.
Iguodala had five rebounds and five assists…Orlando’s Keith Bogans left the
game in the first quarter with a sprained right ankle…Orlando hosts Phoenix
on Monday while Philadelphia welcomes Portland.