Orlando wins series 4-2 (Game 4 of 6)

Orlando wins series 4-2

Game 1: Sunday, April 19th
Game 2: Wednesday, April 22nd
Game 3: Friday, April 24th
Game 4: Sunday, April 26th
Game 5: Tuesday, April 28th
Game 6: Thursday, April 30th

Magic 84

(59-23, 27-14 away)

76ers 81

(41-41, 24-17 home)

    Coverage: CSN/TNT

    6:30 PM ET, April 26, 2009

    Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

    1 2 3 4 T
    ORL 24 12 28 2084
    PHI 22 14 19 2681

    Top Performers

    Orl: D. Howard 18 Pts, 18 Reb, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

    Phi: A. Iguodala 13 Pts, 7 Reb, 11 Ast, 2 Stl

    Turkoglu nails game-winning 3 as Magic tie up series with 76ers

    Associated Press

    PHILADELPHIA -- All those shots Hedo Turkoglu missed the first three games meant little when he got the ball in his hands with the game on the line.

    Swish. Game over.

    Superman Soaring

    Game 4 was Dwight Howard's eighth career 15-point, 15-rebound game in the postseason. Since Howard's postseason debut in 2007, that's the second-most 15-15 games in the playoffs, behind only Tim Duncan's 11, which came in 23 more postseason games than Howard has had in that span.

    Most 15+ Point, 15+ Rebound
    Games Last 3 Playoffs
    Total Games
    Tim Duncan 11 41
    Dwight Howard 8 18
    Carlos Boozer 6 33
    3 Tied 3 --

    Turkoglu nailed a 3-pointer over Thaddeus Young with 1.1 seconds left to lift the Orlando Magic to an 84-81 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday, evening their Eastern Conference first-round series at two games apiece.

    "The coach had confidence in me," said Turkoglu, who came in just 7-for-30 from the floor in the series. "He called a play for me and I'm just glad I made it."

    Dwight Howard had 18 points and 18 rebounds, and every Magic starter scored in double figures. Turkoglu and Rashard Lewis each added 17 points.

    Fast Facts

    • Hedo Turkoglu hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds left to help the Magic even the series at two games apiece. Turkoglu finished with 17 points (seven in the fourth quarter) on 8-for-11 FG (72.7 percent) after averaging 11.0 PPG on 23.3 percent shooting from the field in the first three games of the series.

    • Dwight Howard finished with 18 points and 18 rebounds (his eighth career 15-point, 15-rebound game in the postseason), and was the only Magic player with an offensive rebound in the game (he had three, all in the fourth quarter).

    • The 76ers fell to 0-5 in games following playoff wins since 2005.

    • The game featured 11 ties and 10 lead changes, with no team leading by more than 11.

    -- ESPN Stats & Information

    Andre Miller led the Sixers with 17 and Young had 15.

    "We were right there," Young said. "It's definitely disappointing because we fought so hard to get back in the game."

    Game 5 of the best-of-seven series is Tuesday night in Orlando. The teams have alternated wins so far.

    The Sixers earned both of their victories on clutch shots at the end. Andre Iguodala swished a 22-foot jumper with 2.2 seconds remaining in Philadelphia's 100-98 victory in Game 1. Young's driving layup with 2 seconds left gave the Sixers a 96-94 win in Game 3.

    "It was a battle. This time they made the shot at the end," Sixers coach Tony DiLeo said.

    Orlando blew 18-point leads in the first two games and nearly allowed the Sixers to overcome a 10-point deficit late in the fourth quarter in this one.

    Philadelphia pulled within 79-77 after Iguodala nailed a 3-pointer and Miller scored on a driving layup with 2:33 left.

    Turkoglu answered with a layup, though he didn't convert the three-point play by missing a free throw. Miller sank a pair of free throws to make it 81-79.

    After both teams misfired, Iguodala found Samuel Dalembert alone underneath for an easy jam to tie it at 81.

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    Turkoglu got the ball on Orlando's final possession. He dribbled, waited and sank the 24-footer to put the Magic ahead. Iguodala's desperation 3-pointer missed at the buzzer.

    "He's a pretty confident guy," Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said of Turkoglu. "He goes through stretches, tough games, but he's a pretty tame guy."

    Hardly anyone gave the Sixers much of a chance in this series after they lost six of their final seven games and entered with a 41-41 record. But they've played the heavily favored Magic evenly the first four games.

    The Magic had more road wins (27) in the regular season than Philadelphia had home wins (24), but the Sixers had the advantage in their building. It was far from a sellout at the Wachovia Center, but it was loud all night.

    Turkoglu sent the fans home silent.

    "It feels great," he said. "It's a new series now."

    After a hard-fought, physical first half that ended in a 36-all tie, the Magic came out firing in the third quarter. Orlando hit its first seven shots and briefly pulled away with a 10-0 run early in the quarter.

    Rafer Alston hit a 3-pointer before the run started. Courtney Lee and Lewis each hit 3s during it, Howard had an emphatic jam and the Magic led 51-41. Lee's driving layup sent Orlando into the final quarter with a 64-55 lead.

    "It was a big, big shot by Turk," Alston said. "We battled throughout. We kept Iguodala and Miller under control. The difference was the energy we had."

    Game notes

    Kevin Eubanks, a Philly native, performed the national anthem on guitar. Eubanks is the bandleader on the "Tonight Show With Jay Leno."... The Sixers haven't won a playoff series since beating New Orleans in 2003. ... Orlando tied Cleveland and Boston for the second-best road record in the NBA this season at 27-14, just two games behind the Lakers. The Magic haven't lost consecutive road games all season. ... Turkoglu shot 2-for-12 in Game 3. ... The Sixers took 13 more shots than the Magic in the first half, but shot 34.1 percent to Orlando's 48.4.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 84 81
    FGM-FGA 33-70 (.471) 31-80 (.388)
    3PM-3PA 6-20 (.300) 8-19 (.421)
    FTM-FTA 12-20 (.600) 11-15 (.733)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 3-37 10-43
    Assists 13 19
    Turnovers 11 11
    Steals 6 8
    Blocks 7 3
    Fast Break Points 11 21
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (1/0) 19 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 11 4

    Top Performers

    Dwight Howard Howard
    Points: 18
    Reb: 18
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 3
    Andre Iguodala Iguodala
    Points: 13
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 11
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0