In a very low-scoring game that wasn't as close as the final score might indicate, Andre Iguodala scored 14 points along with 11 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals to lead Philadelphia (15-6) over the struggling Magic (12-9) 74-69. Dwight Howard had 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Magic, but shot just 6 of 17 from the field and 5 of 13 at the free throw line. Ryan Anderson had a career-high 20 rebounds, including 11 offensive rebounds, to go along with 14 points. The Magic could only connect on 33.3% of their field goals, while the 76ers didn't do much better, making 37.5% of their shots.
The 76ers led much of the first half, and the half ended with the 76ers on top 37-33, as the Magic's largest lead was just one point. The Magic shot just 12 of 36 (33.3%) in the first half, compared to 17 of 43 (39.5%) for the 76ers.
Philadelphia began to pull away in the third quarter, as the Magic had a horrible quarter offensively. The 76ers outscored the Magic 21-9 as the Magic were 3 of 17 (17.6%) from the field, 0 for 6 on threes, and 3 of 7 at the free throw line. The Magic trailed 58-42 entering the final quarter.
The 76ers put the game away for all intents and purposes as they led 68-49 in the fourth with just 3:19 remaining. The Magic then finally showed signs of life offensively as they closed the game on a 20-6 run, with Redick hitting a three pointer at the buzzer for the 74-69 final. What's noteworthy is that the Magic made this run with Howard on the bench, as he was pulled with 2:51 remaining.
Other game notes:
This was the fourth game in a row that the Magic have been held to 85 points or less. This was only the fourth time in Magic franchise history that has happened, and the first time in the Stan Van Gundy era.
No Magic starter shot better than 47%. Anderson's 6 of 13 FG shooting led the starters. The other four starters combined to shoot 11 of 43 (25.6%), with Hedo Turkoglu (1 for 9) and J.J. Redick (3 of 13) having particularly bad nights. Redick missed all eight of his two point attempts.
Glen Davis made his fifth career three pointer in 27 attempts with 25 seconds remaining.
Howard is now 9 for 28 (32.1%) on free throws in his last two games.
The top assist man for the Magic was Quentin Richardson off the bench, with three.
Von Wafer led the Magic reserves with 8 points.
The Magic have Tuesday off before resuming Wednesday at home against Washington.
Here is the complete box score from Yahoo! Sports.
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