Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 10/29

Game 1: Tuesday, October 29th
Game 2: Sunday, January 12th
Game 3: Friday, February 14th
Game 4: Monday, March 31st

Magic 98

(25-28, 10-17 away)

76ers 99

(27-24, 17-11 home)

    Coverage: CSN

    8:00 PM ET, February 14, 2003

    Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

    1 2 3 4 T
    ORL 21 26 22 2998
    PHI 21 30 21 2799

    Top Performers

    Orlando: T. McGrady 37 Pts, 6 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl

    Philadelphia: D. Coleman 22 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Blk

    McGrady brilliant in yet another defeat

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Philadelphia 76ers will take any win they can get against the Orlando Magic, even an ugly one.

     Allen Iverson

     Derrick Coleman

    Allen Iverson scored 20 points, including a free throw with 2.9 seconds left, leading the Sixers to a 99-98 victory over the Magic on Friday night.

    Philadelphia had lost nine of its last 10 against the Magic, including two in a row this season.

    "I was so mad at halftime with the way they played the last few minutes, but they responded,'' Sixers coach Larry Brown said. "I'm frustrated with what they did at the end of the game, but I'm pleased to get a win.''

    Derrick Coleman added a season-high 22 points and Eric Snow had 17, including four free throws in the final minute for Philadelphia, which has won two straight since the All-Star break.

    Tracy McGrady had 37 points, including a game-tying 3-pointer with 8.7 seconds left, and Mike Miller added a season-high 33 for Orlando.

    The Magic have lost seven of nine.

    "All of the losses are tough,'' McGrady said. "This is a loss that really hurts because this is a team we thought we could come in and get a win.''

    After McGrady's 3 over Aaron McKie tied it at 98, Iverson was fouled by Darrell Armstrong as he drove to the basket.

    Iverson hit his first free throw, but missed the second. Miller got the rebound, but threw the ball out of bounds while trying to pass it.

    Iverson asked Brown whether he should purposely miss the second attempt, but tried to make it after a discussion with the coaches.

    "I was trying not to settle for a jump shot,'' Iverson said. "I wanted to get a layup and I got fouled.''

    Iverson's right foot was bothering him after the game, but it didn't appear too serious.

    McGrady, the NBA's leading scorer, has at least 30 points in 11 of his last 13 games. McGrady, among the first four players chosen Thursday for the 2004 U.S. Olympic team, shot 11-for-26, including 4-for-6 from 3-point range.

    Miller, coming off a four-point performance in Thursday night's 98-88 loss at Detroit, was 13-for-21, including 5-for-8 from beyond the arc.

    "Every loss is frustrating,'' Miller said. "It's hard to put one of these behind us.''

    Orlando, which trailed most of the fourth quarter, got to 92-91 on a 3-pointer by Miller with 1:28 left. After McKie scored on a driving layup, Miller's layup with 24.9 seconds left cut it to 94-93.

    Snow made two free throws, giving the Sixers a 96-93 lead. But McGrady made a pair to cut Orlando's deficit to one. After Snow hit two more free throws, McGrady nailed the game-tying 3.

    Iverson shot just 8-for-22, but added seven rebounds.

    Orlando, already without Grant Hill (ankle injury), didn't have forward Shawn Kemp for the third straight game. Kemp missed two games after he was suspended without pay Tuesday for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy for the third time. He was reinstated Friday, but wasn't able to join the team in time to play. Kemp is expected to return for Sunday's game in Toronto.

    The Sixers took their biggest lead, 49-37, following a 15-5 run in the second quarter. Snow began the spurt with a turnaround jumper, and added a 3-pointer _ his third in 20 attempts this season _ that made it 43-35. Iverson had a jumper and driving layup before Keith Van Horn capped the run with a layup.

    Orlando then scored seven straight, sparked by a 3-pointer from Miller. A free throw by Jacque Vaughn got the Magic to 51-47 at halftime.

    The Sixers outrebounded Orlando 49-29.

    Game notes
    The Sixers again were without center Todd MacCulloch (foot) and forward Monty Williams (knee). ... The Magic are 2-1 against Philadelphia this season. ... Andrew DeClercq again started for Kemp. He fouled out after scoring two points and getting two rebounds. ... Before the game, Brown recalled how close the team was to acquiring McGrady in a trade for former first-round pick Larry Hughes a few years ago. "We had him. They won't admit it, but it was done. They got nervous because of public opinion when it came out.'' Hughes eventually was traded to Golden State in a three-team deal that brought Toni Kukoc to Philadelphia from the Bulls. ... Seventy-six couples either were married or renewed their vows at center court during the Sixers' sixth annual halftime wedding ceremony.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 98 99
    FGM-FGA 35-83 (.422) 33-72 (.458)
    3PM-3PA 12-26 (.462) 3-6 (.500)
    FTM-FTA 16-22 (.727) 30-39 (.769)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-29 13-49
    Assists 22 19
    Turnovers 12 16
    Steals 5 6
    Blocks 4 4
    Fast Break Points 4 7
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (1/0) 22 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    Tracy McGrady McGrady
    Points: 37
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Derrick Coleman Coleman
    Points: 22
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2