Garrity, Magic Outpace Philly in OT
Orlando 119, Philadelphia 115 (OT)
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 26 (Ticker) -- Pat Garrity shot down the Philadelphia 76ers.
Garrity drilled two 3-pointers to set the tone in overtime as the Orlando Magic extended their winning streak to a season-high five games with a 119-115 triumph over the 76ers.
"It's such a short period and anytime you can jump up like that in overtime, it's nice," Garrity said. "They came back with (Allen) Iverson, who's so tough to stop. They ran that weave up top and pretty much made it an even game again. It took guys like Dwight (Howard) making second efforts on shots and I think that's why we won the game."
Garrity made 9-of-11 shots and five of the Magic's seven 3-pointers en route to a season-high 24 points.
"A lot of my points came off pick-and-rolls," said Garrity, who scored 14 points in the second quarter to help Orlando to a 56-47 advantage at the break. "They made adjustments in the second half and I wasn't getting those looks in the second half. So, it was good to get those looks early."
The Sixers battled back and tied the game at 113-113 on a three-point play by Chris Webber, who fouled out Steve Francis on the play, with 1:14 remaining.
Keyon Dooling made two free throws on the other end six seconds later to give the Magic the lead for good, and after Iverson missed a jumper, Dwight Howard had a follow dunk to put Orlando ahead, 117-113, with 31 seconds left.
"I left Howard, and the next thing I know Howard was there," said Webber, who had four steals and three blocked shots. "Someone should have had my back, but I should have been in two places. I should have done something, because I can't let that happen. All the excuses, everything you say and the end of the day it hurts."
"There were several plays where we had lapses on the defensive end that allowed them to cut the lead and then eventually win the game," Sixers coach Maurice Cheeks said. "It was just defensive lapses that we had on the defensive end."
Andre Iguodala had an alley-oop dunk for the Sixers to make it a two-point game. But after DeShawn Stevenson missed a jumper, Hedo Turkoglu grabbed the rebound and sank two free throws with 3.1 seconds left to seal things.
Turkoglu scored 25 points, Howard 22 and Dooling 18 for the Magic, who placed six players in double figures and shot 59 percent (43-of-73). The hot shooting overcame a 26-of-41 effort at the free-throw line.
"Whoever was a starter, it didn't matter tonight," Turkoglu said. "Everybody just played hard and gave everything to the team. It was really big for us seeing the team effort on both sides."
"I think the key to the winning streak is people going through drama like we were and finally saying let's just push this all to the side," Garrity said. "Sometimes a little adversity brings people together and maybe that's the case here."
Francis, who was suspended earlier this season for conduct detrimental to the team, made the offense work by playing unselfishly. He scored 11 points while taking just seven shots and handed out a career-high 15 assists.
"It's a big win for us," Magic coach Brian Hill said. "We haven't done great on the road this year. You could see a little bit of doubt on the guys' faces when we lost the lead. To their credit, they came right back. We made some huge shots and we got some stops when we needed them."
Iverson scored 38 points and Webber had 32, 11 rebounds and a number of big defensive plays down the stretch in regulation for the Sixers, who had a three-game winning streak stopped.
Late in regulation, Iverson turned his left ankle on Howard's foot. He limped the bench for a moment but returned without missing any game action.
"We dug ourselves a deep hole by giving up two threes in the first two possessions," Iverson said. "It's hard fighting back down by six with that much time left. We did put ourselves in a position to win and we just couldn't get it done. They made the plays at the end and we didn't."