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