During the 2010-11 season, the Orlando Magic made more three-pointers than any team in the NBA. On this day 10 years ago however, the Magic needed a pair of four-point plays to defeat the Philadelphia 76ers in overtime, 99-98.
The Magic were 26-15 as they arrived at the Amway Center on Jan. 19, 2011. Orlando however, was in a bit of a funk having lost three of four coming in. Just 17-23, Philadelphia gave the Magic all they wanted, but a four-point play late in regulation and another in overtime did in the 76ers.
Orlando trailed by seven points to start the fourth quarter, but had stormed back to take the lead. Unfortunately for the Magic, Philadelphia had an answer.
The 76ers had used a 9-2 run to take an 89-84 lead with less than 30 seconds to play. J.J. Redick was able to cut the lead to three with a driving layup, but after Lou Williams split a pair of free throws for Philadelphia, things looked bleak.
Enter Jason Richardson.
Down 90-86 with 17 seconds to go, Richardson dribbled to the top of the arc where he shot a contested three-pointer over Philadelphia forward Andre Iguodala. Richardson drilled the shot and Iguodala was called for the foul. Richardson knocked down the free throw to knot the game at 90.
For a brief moment, it looked as though Richardson’s shot would be for naught. With just seconds to play and Philadelphia with the ball, Williams fired a triple of his own, which hit the front of the rim and then rolled around each part of the iron before falling off.
The contest went to overtime.
Iguodala scored the first six points of the extra period for the 76ers, who took a 96-95 lead. With less than two minutes to play however, Redick was able to get open for three. He knocked it down while Williams was called for the foul. Redick hit the ensuing free throw to give the Magic their second four-point play in less than four minutes and a 99-96 lead.
Orlando wouldn’t score again, but Redick’s four-point play was enough. Thaddeus Young’s dunk cut the lead to one with 43 seconds remaining, but Igoudala and Evan Turner missed potential game-winners on Philadelphia’s final possession as the Magic survived.
Ryan Anderson led the Magic with 20 points on 8-for-15 shooting, which included four makes from deep. Dwight Howard added 18 points before fouling out. Redick and Hedo Turkoglu each tallied 12 points in the win while Brandon Bass tallied 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Williams paced the 76ers with 19 points before having his winning attempt hit every part of the rim and come off. Richardson scored just eight points, but half of those came on one possession that ultimately forced overtime. It happened on this day a decade ago.