In a meeting on Sunday morning, the Orlando players discussed
the team's lack of ball movement. Against Philadelphia, the Magic
had 25 assists, five more than their season average, and McGrady
"We were just spreading the love around tonight,'' McGrady
said. "A lot of times guys just stand there and watch me go
one-on-one. We talked about it this morning and tonight they were
getting open. That made it a lot easier for me.''
Miller had 11 points, including three 3-pointers, in the fourth
quarter when the Magic overcame an eight-point deficit.
"Tonight, the biggest thing was we found the open guy and the
open guy made shots,'' Orlando coach Doc Rivers said.
The 76ers, who were led by Allen Iverson's 32 points, had an
86-81 lead early in the fourth quarter before the Magic went on a
13-2 run. A 3-pointer by McGrady, who scored seven points during
the spurt, made it 94-88 with 5:31 remaining.
With the Magic leading 94-91, Miller made two straight
3-pointers to give Orlando a 100-93 lead with 2:47 left in the
Philadelphia's Eric Snow then made a driving layup before a
turnaround jumper by McGrady increased the Magic lead to seven.
Four points by Iverson and a jumper by Jacque Vaughn put the Sixers
behind by five, 104-99, with 1:33 left.
Darrell Armstrong and McGrady combined to make three free throws
in the final 22.3 seconds to seal the win.
Pat Garrity and Armstrong each scored 13 for the Magic, who have
won eight of their last nine over the 76ers.
Snow scored 19 points, Keith Van Horn had 17 and Aaron McKie had
a season-high 11 assists for the 76ers, who are on their worst
losing streak since dropping seven in a row from December 2-14,
2001. Philadelphia has now lost 14 of its last 18 and is 0-4 on the
current six-game homestand.
The 76ers again failed to win a close game down the stretch. In
their homestand thus far, Philadelphia has lost two in overtime and
dropped one by two in regulation.
"This is a nightmare,'' Sixers coach Larry Brown said. "I look
out there and I don't see a lot of confidence. I see the looks on
guys' faces, they look like they know Mike Miller's going to make a
shot or they're going to get an offensive rebound. We used to win
these kinds of games.''
The Sixers scored the first basket of the third quarter to open
up a 14-point lead, but Orlando scored 16 of the next 20 to pull
within two, 65-63. However, the Sixers scored 10 of the last 15
points of the quarter, with John Salmons scoring five, to take an
81-73 lead after three.
Philadelphia led 59-47 at halftime after going 23-of-35 (66
percent) from the field in the half. Iverson had 14 points in the
Philadelphia had its best shooting percentage of the season
(42-of-70, 60 percent) but also the most turnovers (26). ...
McGrady, the NBA's leading scorer, had his 19th game with more than
30 points. ... The 76ers handed out Celebriducks in the likeness of
Charles Barkley, the former all-star who is now a national
television analyst. ... It was the fifth straight game that
Philadelphia has given up more than 100 points, the longest streak
since April 5-11, 1998.