Philly comes to Orlando without Iverson
Journeyman Kevin Ollie started in Iverson's place and had 6 pts and 5 assists. Several other players also stepped up as Chris Webber had 21 pts 10 rebs; John Salmons nearly had a triple double with 18 pts 9 rebs and 7 assists. Andre Iguodala had 16 pts and Kyle Korver added 12 pts off the bench.
The Magic, who at the midpoint of the season are 18-23, have a great chance to extend their home winning streak to 8 games, as they have not lost at TDW since a 104-88 setback to the Lakers on Dec. 23rd. They should have beaten the Knicks Friday night, but a slow start, too many TOs and poor bench play doomed the Magic. If those 3 things are corrected tonight, the Magic should cruise to victory, as they are favored by 7 pts, but they cannot take Philly for granted simply because they will be without Iverson. It's not known at this time if Jameer Nelson will be able to play after missing the previous 4 Magic games.