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News » Lewis sinks late trey to lift Magic

Lewis sinks late trey to lift Magic

Lewis sinks late trey to lift Magic
PHILADELPHIA -- It wasn't the complete, sustained effort that Coach Stan Van Gundy has been waiting to see, but Orlando found just enough of its early-season mettle to keep winning ball games with a dramatic 96-94 win over Philadelphia.

Orlando led by as many as 12 points Wednesday, but found itself with the ball trailing 92-91 with 39.2 seconds.

After a relatively quiet night, Hedo Turkoglu got fouled and hit two free-throws to put the Magic up 93-92. He fouled Andre Iguodala near the sideline with 14.6 to play, however, giving him a chance to steal the game.

Iguodala hit both ensuing free throws to put the Sixers up 94-93. But after a timeout, a stumbling Turkoglu around a set pick-and-roll found Rashard Lewis in the corner for a contested game-winning three.

"Sometimes you have to get lucky, and thankfully luck was on our side tonight," Lewis said of his shot. "We didn't play like we wanted to leading up to that point, but it's obviously a big confidence booster when you win like that."

Dwight Howard had only seven shots on the night, but gutted it out at the line to finish with 21 points and 14 rebounds. Tony Battie added a huge 20 off the bench and Lewis added 19.

Elton Brand led Philadelphia with 21, after getting just six in the Sixers' previous trip to Orlando.

"You do what you have to persevere in a game like that," Van Gundy said. "But to be really good you have to play quality Basketball throughout. . . . It was another game where we showed what has sort of been our history lately in the second half. But we'll take a win in a game like that, however it comes."

Orlando used pinpoint shooting in the first half to build a 10-point lead.

A disastrous start to the second half opened the door back up, with a scrappy Sixers squad taking advantage of a string of five straight Magic misses and some bad turnovers to tie it at 63-all on a Thaddeus Young lay-up with 4:35 left in the period.

The Sixers tied it again at 69-all on a jumper from Brand. Battie put the Magic back up two on a short jumper and was fouled.

He failed to complete the three-point play and the Sixers rebounded. It eventually ended up in the hands of Marreese Speights, who had a 3-pointer a step inside midcourt at the buzzer to give Philadelphia its first lead of the night.

The Sixers increased their lead to 80-74 early in the fourth on another jumper by Speights, while Orlando seemed unable to get Howard involved.

After just five field-goal attempts in the first two quarters, Howard had taken only two more shots with just four minutes to play in the game.

A Lewis 3-pointer got the Magic back to 80-77, and following a Louis Williams jumper the Magic would tie it at 82 on a fall-away jumper by Turkoglu and another Lewis triple with 7:02 remaining.

Lewis took a Theo Ratliff charge to get the ball back, but J.J. Redick mishandled a pass off his foot to hand it right back. After a missed 3-pointer by Turkoglu gave the ball back to Philadelphia, the Magic lost a scramble for a loose ball.

Van Gundy gave the Sixers points when he got a technical for arguing the call. Andre Miller hit the free throw, putting them up 83-82, and Brand connected on a jumper to push the lead to 85-82.

Starting his first game in place of an injured Jameer Nelson, Anthony Johnson connected on one of two free throws to trim the Sixers' lead to 88-84 with 3:42. And after getting fouled on a put-back attempt, Howard got it down to one at 88-87 with 3:06.

A Brand jumper put them back up three at 90-87 and after Samuel Dalembert fouled out, Howard split at the line again to make it 90-88. Brand hit again to push it back to 92-88, but Johnson cut it to a point on a three from the corner.

Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: November 28, 2008


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