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Saturday, March 25, 2006

Magic Kill 76ers 102-86

From Sportsline.com:

Trailing by 10 points early in the first quarter and in the midst of a franchise-record 16-game road losing streak, Orlando Magic head coach Brian Hill knew exactly where to turn.

The bench.

Orlando's reserves outscored Philadelphia's bench 50-28 and the Magic pulled away for a 102-86 win over a 76ers team that is fighting for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

"I can't say enough good things about the bench," Hill said. "I thought early in the game we lacked energy. Guys came in and picked it up for us; picked up our defensive intensity. It was basically the same thing in the second half. We got good shots and good offensive production from our bench."

Carlos Arroyo scored 16 points, Keyon Dooling had 12, and Darko Milicic and Trevor Ariza each added 11 off the bench for Orlando, which hadnt won away from home since its last trip to Philadelphia a 119-115 overtime victory over the Sixers on Jan. 26.

But it wasnt all the reserves, as Orlando finished with seven players in double figures. Dwight Howard enjoyed a huge game with 15 points, 19 rebounds, five assists and four blocks.

"Hes a great talent, hes awesome, said Magic point guard Jameer Nelson, who finished with 19 points and seven assists. "Hes only going to get better and thats scary for the league.


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