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Lewis, Magic slow down streaking Sixers

Mar 22, 2008 - 3:44 AM ORLANDO, Florida (Ticker) -- Hedo Turkoglu took over in the Orlando Magic's previous game. But on Friday, it was a team effort against the streaking Philadelphia 76ers.

Rashard Lewis scored 18 points and Turkoglu added 16 as all five starters scored in double figures for the Magic en route to an easy 113-95 victory over the 76ers at Amway Arena.

Dwight Howard had 13 points and 12 rebounds for Orlando, which has won six of its last seven. The Magic (46-25) hold a firm grasp on the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference after clinching a playoff spot last week.

Turkoglu, who scored a season-high 39 points in Wednesday's 87-86 loss to the Washington Wizards, missed a potential game-winning shot at the buzzer of that contest.

"I knew I had to come back and get my team started," Howard said when asked about bouncing back from a poor performance against the Wizards. "I was really focused tonight on just coming in and trying to be aggressive on both ends."

It worked out much better with the Magic spreading it around in this one. In all, eight players scored in double figures and seven connected on at least one 3-pointer.

Jameer Nelson and Maurice Evans - Orlando's other two starters - scored 12 points apiece for the Magic, who ran out to a 33-11 lead in the first quarter. Howard capped the burst with a three-point play with 2:08 left in the period.

"They've been a hard team to beat the last 20 games," said Turkoglu, who added a game-high nine assists. "So, we had to jump on them early. We shared the ball real well and got the 'W.'"

"They just got out to a better start than us," said Philadelphia point guard Andre Miller, who had nine points and five assists. "It was tough to get back into the game."

It was easy the rest of the way for Orlando, which shot an impressive 53 percent (41-of-77) from the field, including a sizzling 14-of-23 from the arc. The Magic already have set a team record for 3-pointers this campaign.

"Unfortunately for us, it was a night that we couldn't make a shot, and they made every shot," Philadelphia coach Maurice Cheeks said. "They had eight threes in the first half and went 14-of-23.

"It was just a bad night. They were just better than us all the way around."

Orlando also slowed down red-hot Philadelphia, which had its four-game winning streak snapped. The Sixers defeated the Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs and Denver Nuggets in Allen Iverson's return during that stretch.

"We have a very healthy respect for what they've done," Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. "When you come in having won eight of nine and five straight road games, that can't be a fluke.

"We also had a bad taste in our mouth from the way we played on Wednesday night. It all just sort of added up to being pretty ready to play tonight."

Andre Iguodala scored 14 points for the Sixers (34-35), who remain in the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference - one game behind the Toronto Raptors (35-34).

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