NBA Game Summary - Philadelphia at Orlando |
(Friday, November 3rd)
Final Score: Philadelphia 105, Orlando 103
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Allen Iverson hit a floating bank shot with
2.2 seconds on the clock to lift the Philadelphia 76ers over the Orlando
Grant Hill had just knotted the back-and-forth contest with a banker of his
own high off the glass on the other end, but left too much time for
Philadelphia. Iverson took the inbound pass, worked down to the right
baseline and then released a one-handed shot that kissed off the glass and in.
Hill had a chance to even the contest, but his jumper fell short as time
Iverson finished with 39 points and 10 assists while Kyle Korver erupted for
28 points on 10-of-13 shooting off the bench for the Sixers, who remain
unbeaten after two games. Andre Iguodala and Chris Webber each donated 11
points in the victory.
"You can tell he likes the new basketball," Iverson said of Korver. "That was
my whole thing. If Kyle likes the new basketball then I will just deal with
it and stop talking about getting rid of it. That is why I call him 'Sniper'.
He proved it tonight. He just shot the lights out of the ball. A lot of his
shots weren't open shots, but tough shots and on the run. He had to stop on
the dime and shoot. He is one of the best shooters in the league. He proved
Hill had a team-high 25 points and Hedo Turkoglu totaled 15 points and nine
rebounds for Orlando, which was coming off a convincing win over Chicago in
its season opener.
"They wanted it a little more from the start. It's a little disappointing
from that standpoint," Hill said. "It's still early; it would have been nice
to start out 2-0. Just got to learn from this and prepare ourselves for
The contest was tight throughout, but Philadelphia created a little breathing
room midway through the fourth quarter with a 6-0 spurt that broke a tie and
gave the visitors a 92-86 advantage.
After Korver and Iguodala combined for three successful free throws, the 76ers
came up with a turnover and sped back in transition. Iverson spotted a wide
open Rodney Carney in the corner, and the rookie drained a three with 7:16 on
Orlando stormed right back, though, and Hill drew his team within one on a
traditional three-point play with 4:02 on the clock. Hill then came up with a
key block on the taller Samuel Dalembert in the lane, leading to a Turkoglu
three on the other end that put the Magic ahead, 99-97.
Philly fought back with six unanswered points, but Orlando scored the next
four to tie the game and set up the Iverson game-winner.
The first half was nip and tuck, with the Sixers holding a 53-52 edge at
intermission following an alley-oop from Iverson to Dalembert in the waning
seconds. Iverson led all scorers with 19 points and Korver added 15 -- 11 of
which came in the second quarter.
Hill had 13 first-half points for the Magic, who trailed 26-24 after the first
12 minutes and had a 78-77 edge after three quarters.
Philadelphia, which will play 11 of its next 17 games on the road, has still
lost four of six and seven of its past 12 games at the TD Waterhouse
Centre...Orlando's bench scored 29 total points to Korver's 28...Philly was 8-
of-11 from behind the arc, while the Magic went 2-of-9.
11/04 02:20:51 ET