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News » Philadelphia 76ers Getting Inside 2009-05-01

Philadelphia 76ers Getting Inside 2009-05-01

Philadelphia 76ers Getting Inside 2009-05-01
The Magic didn't have Dwight Howard or Courtney Lee, but the Sixers, perhaps showing their playoff inexperience -- only three of their top 11 players, including none of the starters, have been on a team to win a postseason series -- didn't take advantage of the situation.

They shot too many jumpers instead of driving the lane in Howard's absence and gave Orlando far too many wide-open three-pointers and buckers in the basket area.

"This game, for us, was a total collapse," said Sixers coach Tony DiLeo. "I thought at the beginning of the game we were a little tight. We never really had a chance. They beat us in every category."

Most distressing was that the series was extremely competitive with the dominant Howard, who was suspended one game by the NBA for elbowing the Sixers' Samuel Dalembert in the head during the third minute of Game 5. Four of the games were decided in the final two seconds, including Game 5 despite Howard accumulating 24 points and 24 rebounds. The other game was a nine-point Orlando victory.

Yet the Howard- and Lee-less Magic throttled the Sixers 114-89 in Game 6 to win the series 4-2.

"To lose like this is pretty bad," said guard Andre Miller. "It was a replay of last year (a one-sided Game 6 loss to Detroit), only worse."

Miller said one of the Magic players told him Orlando was better without Howard on offense because they move the ball more. Based on Thursday, the Sixers would have a hard time arguing.

Lee underwent surgery to repair a fractured sinus that occurred when Howard accidentally elbowed him midway through the first quarter Tuesday.

MAGIC 114, SIXERS 89: The Sixers were dominated by the short-handed Magic. Orlando scored 26 points off 17 Sixers' turnovers, outscored Philly 36-21 from the three-point line and shot .537 from the floor to the Sixers' .408. Magic fill-in starters J.J. Redick (15 points) and Marcin Gortat (11) combined for 26 points.

Andre Miller (24 points) led the Sixers in scoring. Andre Iguodala contributed 20 points and Lou Williams had 17 off the bench.

Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 1, 2009


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