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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Game 1: 76ers 100 Magic 98

In one of the most stunning and incredible comebacks in recent playoff history, Philadelphia erased a 14 point fourth quarter deficit with 9:16 remaining as Andre Iguodala hit a long, tough, fadeaway jumper with 2.2 seconds remaining to give the 76ers a 100-98 lead. Hedo Turkoglu's last-second three missed badly and the 76ers came away with the miraculous win. The Magic had been ahead by as much as 79-61 in the third quarter.

Magic leading scorers

Dwight Howard: 31 points (11 of 13 field goals), 16 rebounds
Courtney Lee: 18 points (8 of 17 field goals)
Rafer Alston: 15 points (5 of 15 field goals), 5 assists
Rashard Lewis: 15 points (5 of 11 field goals)

Philadelphia leading scorers

Andre Iguodala: 20 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists
Louis Williams (bench): 18 points
Andre Miller: 15 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists
Thaddeus Young: 14 points

Overall Game Statistics:

FG%: PHI 51.2% (41 of 80) ORL 48.7% (37 of 76)
3 PT FG%: PHI 58.3% (7 of 12) ORL 27.8% (5 of 18)
FT%: ORL 76% (19 of 25) PHI 55% (11 of 20)
REB: PHI 37 (7 offensive) ORL 35 (7 offensive)
AST/TO: PHI 20/10 ORL 18/10

Other game notes and stats:

-The 76ers outscored the Magic 35-19 in the fourth quarter
-The 76ers shot 14 of 19 in the fourth quarter, including 5 of 7 from three point range, along with an 8/2 assist/turnover ratio
-The 76ers made 13 of their final 16 shots
-The Magic shot 7 of 19 in the fourth quarter, including 2 of 6 from three point range, along with a 5/4 assist/turnover ratio
-Anthony Johnson led the Magic reserves with 9 points, along with three rebounds and two assists
-The other four Magic reserves combined for just four points (by Tony Battie) on 2 of 6 shooting
-Howard and Johnson were the only Magic players to shoot over 50%, combining for 15 of 19 field goals; the rest of the team shot 22 of 57
-The 76ers bench combined for 42 points on 16 of 25 field goal shooting, including a scorching 7 of 9 from three point range
-Donyell Marshall also scored in double figures off the bench for the 76ers, contributing 11 points, including 3 of 4 three point shooting
-Turkoglu and Lewis combined for 21 points on 7 of 19 shooting, including 1 of 6 from three point range
-The Magic starters outscored the 76ers' starters 85-58

Game 2 will be Wednesday night.

For more post game coverage, check out Third Quarter Collapse (which should be renamed Fourth Quarter Collapse after this most shocking loss).

For the complete box score, click here


  • At 12:31 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    I'm in Las Vegas on vacation until Friday; I watched the final 5 minutes of the game at a bar and grill next to the Mandalay Bay Beach area where I was swimming Sunday, and I just could not believe what happened!

    Absolutely inexcusable to blow such a big second-half lead, but give the 76ers credit... they played out of their minds in the fourth quarter, and were making shot after shot after shot, while the Magic struggled badly.

    The 76ers have a big edge in this series on the bench; they just killed the Magic there Sunday.

    You have to believe that Turk will play much better in future games than his 6 point effort in 35 minutes Sunday.

    By the way, I thought Turk did a great job defensively on Iguodala on that final 76ers possession; Iguodala hit a darn near impossible shot... a 22 foot, fadeaway jumper with a hand right in his face... are you kidding me!?

    The Magic were not good to my wallet today here in Vegas; I had them and Denver in a 2 team moneyline parlay winning straight up; Denver looks like its going to with their game, but it doesn't matter, because the Magic's collapse cost me $230.


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