Recap: Magic escape with OT win over 76ers
After 47 minutes and 43 seconds of ugly play, the Magic finally decided to show up last night and ended up coming from behind to defeat the Philadelphia 76ers in overtime by a score of 99-98. With 17 seconds on the clock in regulation, and the Magic down by 4, Jason Richardson nailed a tough fade away three and was allegedly fouled on the play by Andre Iguodala. J-Rich would knock down the free throw to tie the game at 90 and the Magic defense would hold up on Philly’s final possession to force an undeserved overtime period.
In overtime, Iguodala came out firing and put up 7 points but it wasn’t enough to hold off the Magic and J.J. Redick, who put in 6 points himself including ANOTHER 4-point play for the Magic. Despite having two good shot attempts in the final overtime possession, Philly was unable to get the ball to fall and the Magic escaped with the win.
Stan Van Gundy was happy that his team clawed its way to victory and described the game afterwards as, “About as crazy a game as you’ll ever see”.
News, notes and tidbits from the game:
- The most interesting quote of the night came from Van Gundy and it was in regards to a player that did NOT play well, Gilbert Arenas. Something definitely to keep any eye on…
“And he and I have to, I think, sit down and talk and try to get a better understanding of each other and what’s going on, because right now I think Gil’s not playing with a great deal of enthusiasm. I don’t think he’s enjoying playing. And I think the way I’m coaching him is a big reason.” Stan would then follow that up with an even more telling statement of Gil’s current state, “”The biggest adjustment for Gil is ME.” and then “When Rafer (Alston) came in he had played for me before and knew I was an asshole.”
- After going through a three game stretch where he was shooting 36-47 from the free throw line (77%), Dwight Howard reverted back to his old faulty habits Wednesday night. The Magic did a great job of feeding Dwight inside and he was able to draw enough fouls to attempt 22 free throws. Unfortunately, he converted only 10 of those.
- Ryan Anderson continued his great play of late and led the Magic in scoring with 20 points. He has scored in double figures in seven straight games and has averaged 15.3 PPG over that stretch. “Well Ryan Anderson killed us,” 76ers coach Doug Collins said. “The one he can do now is if you switch pick-and-roll he can get in there and post you.”
- Although scoring was down from recent games, the balanced scoring continued. Six players scored in double figures for the Magic and the team is now 12-1 when six or more players score in double figures.
- The Philadelphia Inquirer had a very philly-esque headline at the top of its recap, “Sixers invent a new way to lose.” A city known for being tough on its teams, sure doesn’t let things slip by unnoticed. To be fair, they deserved to win the game.
The Magic are back in action on Friday night against Toronto. Tickets are still available from as low as $23 and you can compare online tickets here. Game time is set for 7PM.