The Orlando Magic were able to defeat the Philadelphia 76ers by the score of 99-95, winning their second game in as many nights. The Magic were led by a balanced attack, as six players scored in double-figures. Dwight Howard had a magnificent outing, posting 30 points, 17 rebounds, two steals, and two blocks but most importantly, going 14-of-19 from the free-throw line. J.J. Redick chipped in with 13 points, while Jason Richardson, Jameer Nelson, and Ryan Anderson each finished with 12 points. Hedo Turkoglu contributed with 10 points. This was an evening where, once again, perimeter players were able to have their way against Orlando but it wasn’t enough to overtake them. Lou Williams, Jodie Meeks, and Andre Iguodala didn’t have too many problems scoring with the basketball but unfortunately for the Sixers, they got little help from their teammates aside from Elton Brand. But ultimately, Howard’s free-throw shooting — particularly late in the fourth quarter — proved to be the difference for the Magic. With the victory, Orlando gets to return to the friendly confines of the Amway Center, in which they’ll play nine of their next 10 games at home and all in the state of Florida — the lone road game being a matchup with the Miami Heat to finish off their season series.
Philadelphia deserves a lot of credit for putting up a fight and competing, as they always do under head coach Doug Collins, but they had no one on the frontline that could defend Howard effectively one-on-one. That was a problem throughout the evening, as Howard was able to score with relative ease.
Timely three-point shooting from the Magic, specifically in the fourth quarter as they tried to fend off the Sixers, was also essential in the win. Whenever the Sixers would threaten and try to take the lead in the period, they would come up a little bit short as Richardson, Redick, and Anderson made key three-pointers.