NBA Game Summary - Philadelphia at Orlando
(Saturday, November 27th)
Final Score: Orlando 105, Philadelphia 99
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Steve Francis buried a pair of clutch jump shots down the stretch and finished with 26 points, leading the Orlando Magic to a 105-99 win over the Philadelphia 76ers at TD WaterHouse Centre.
Francis scored 15 points in the fourth quarter, including six with less than one minute to go, for the Magic, winners of four of their last five games. Grant Hill played an instrumental role late in the contest and ended with a game-high 29 points, while Dwight Howard, the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft, had 12 points and 10 rebounds in the win, Orlando's 11th in 17 tries versus the Sixers.
"They're a very talented team," Sixers head coach Jim O'Brien said of the Magic squad. "It's a credit to them that they got on a roll."
Allen Iverson had no last-minute tricks up his sleeve in this one and paced the Sixers with 27 points and 10 assists. He stole a last-second inbounds pass and hustled for a layup to lift Philly to an overtime win against Washington on Friday. Mark Jackson added 17 points and 11 boards for Philadelphia, which had its two-game winning streak halted. Rookie Andre Iguodala chipped in 15 points as the 76ers suffered their 10th loss in the last 14 trips to Orlando.
Francis buried a jumper in the paint and the Magic claimed a 92-86 lead midway through the fourth quarter. Kyle Korver answered on the other end with a long trey, pulling the 76ers within three. After a Hill runner, Iverson drained a three and the Orlando lead fizzled to 94-92 with four minutes remaining. Jackson's layup then tied it less than a minute later.
Nelson was stuffed by both Corliss Williamson and Iguodala to spark a nice run for the 76ers. Iverson then dribbled underneath the hoop and fired a pass back to Korver behind the arc. Korver knocked down the wide-open three and the 76ers were in front, 97-94.
Francis later was sent to the free throw line and sank 1-of-2 shots before Hill's jumper tied the game at 97-97. Iverson then turned the ball over and Hill took advantage, burying an easy 15-footer for a 99-97 Orlando lead. With 48 seconds left Francis hit a shot in Iverson's face for a 101-97 lead. Iverson, though, answered with a layup but Francis was hot and hit another jumper to seal the win. Francis would sink two more foul shots to complete the scoring.
Iverson's reverse layup tied the game at 7-7 almost three minutes into the game. The remainder of the quarter was tight throughout with Orlando clinging to a 28-25 lead after 12 minutes.
Willie Green buried a three-pointer and sank 1-of-2 free throws in succession to give the 76ers a 29-28 edge. Philadelphia later extended its lead to 36-30, but the Magic later trimmed the deficit to 38-36 on Hill's three-point play. Each team battled the rest of the half with Philadelphia leading 56-49 at the break. Iverson led all scorers with 17 points at halftime, while Hill paced the Magic with 13 points.
Jackson banked a shot off the backboard early in the third quarter and the Sixers owned a 67-57 advantage. Orlando slowly chipped away at the lead and eventually tied the game at 73 apiece on rookie Jameer Nelson's jumper. With less than three minutes to go in the period, the Magic took their first lead in a while, 77-75, on Hill's driving layup. The score was then knotted at 79-79 after 36 minutes.
The Sixers are 0-1 on their five-game, 10-day road trip...Korver, who had 11 points, has made a three-pointer in every game this season...The Magic are 5-1 at home this season...Ten of the last 12 meetings between both teams have been decided by seven points or fewer...Hill was 10-of-21 from the floor and made all nine of his foul shots...Iverson was 10-of-13 from the stripe...The Sixers shot 41 percent from the field, while Orlando made 43 percent of its shots...Philadelphia had a 48-40 advantage on the boards...Orlando guard Cuttino Mobley missed his eighth straight game with a strained groin.
11/27 22:19:49 ET