Iguodala, 76ers top Magic 74-69Jan 31, 2012 - 3:46 AM Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Andre Iguodala recorded a double-double with 14 points and a season-high 11 rebounds as the 76ers defeated the Magic, 74-69, at Wells Fargo Center on Monday.
Evan Turner and Thaddeus Young came off the bench to score 12 and 10 points, respectively, as Philadelphia won its third straight game and stopped a six- game home losing streak against the Magic.
The Sixers entered a difficult stretch of the season, which includes home games against the Bulls on Wednesday and the Heat on Friday. They won despite setting a season-low in points scored.
Dwight Howard led the way for Orlando with his 16th double-double this season, scoring 17 points with 11 boards. Ryan Anderson also had a double-double with 14 points and a season-high 20 rebounds but Orlando dropped its fourth straight.
"For whatever reason we are struggling. I don't want to make excuses," said Magic coach Stan Van Gundy, whose team played its sixth game in eight days. "I think we've identified some things (to fix) but we haven't had a lot of practice time."
The Sixers held the Magic to 33.3 percent shooting and forced 15 turnovers.
The third quarter was the difference, as the Sixers held the Magic to 3-of-17 shooting and just nine points -- a season-low for a Sixers opponent in any quarter. Orlando missed nine straight field goals during a six-minute stretch in the quarter.
Philadelphia extended its lead from four points to 16 and entered the fourth quarter with a 58-42 advantage.
Orlando cut its deficit from 18 points to eight in a 2 1/2-minute span, but the burst came too late. The Sixers held on despite getting just one field goal in the last five-plus minutes of the game.
"That was a much-needed win for us here with what we have ahead of us this week," said Philadelphia coach Doug Collins. "I thought our defense was fabulous until the last three minutes of the game. I was not happy with the way we finished the game."
Earlier, Elton Brand got off to a hot start by scoring eight of the team's first 12 points to give the Sixers a 12-10 lead.
Chris Duhon sank a three-pointer with less than a second to go in the quarter to bring the Magic within one, 19-18, going into the second.
The Sixers defense stepped up, holding the Magic to two field goals in the final seven minutes of the second quarter for a 37-33 lead at halftime.
Magic guard Jameer Nelson missed his second straight game with concussion-like symptoms. Jason Richardson (rest) also missed the contest for Orlando...The Magic will host Washington on Wednesday...The Sixers are now 13-1 when holding their opponent under 90 points...Orlando outscored Philadelphia 34-16 in the paint.
- ORLANDO: 69
Jan 30 9:23 PM
- ORLANDO: 42
End of 3rd
Jan 30 8:44 PM
- ORLANDO: 33
Jan 30 8:04 PM
- ORLANDO: 18
End of 1st
Jan 30 7:32 PM
- ORLANDO: 0
1st Quarter - 12:00
Jan 30 7:11 PM
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