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Saturday, April 15, 2006

Magic Win 8th Straight Against 76ers, 102-97



From Sportsline.com:

The Orlando Magic are trying not to think too much about the postseason, even though they are suddenly playing like a playoff team.

Dwight Howard scored a season-high 28 points and grabbed a career-high 26 rebounds to lift Orlando over Philadelphia 102-97 Saturday night, keeping the Magic's postseason hopes alive and further damaging the 76ers'.

"They stuck with us the whole game," Howard said. "To me it felt like a little playoff game. It kept going back and forth."

Allen Iverson had 36 points and five assists, while Chris Webber added 20 points and 11 rebounds for the 76ers.

Philadelphia has lost two in a row, falling 1½ games behind idle Chicago with two to play. The win was the Magic's eighth in a row overall and 12th straight at home, and leaves them 2½ games behind the Bulls. The Magic have two games left and the Bulls have three.

The Magic host Chicago on Monday night and finish the regular season at Indiana on Wednesday. Philadelphia plays at home against New Jersey on Tuesday and finishes at Charlotte on Wednesday.

Both teams need help from Chicago. Besides their game at Orlando, the Bulls play Sunday at Miami and host Toronto on Wednesday.

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