- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 26, 2008

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Rashard Lewis scored 19 points and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 4.7 seconds left to lead the Orlando Magic to a 96-94 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.

Lewis inbounded to Hedo Turkoglu, who took several dribbles down the lane before passing to Lewis on the left wing. Lewis drained the shot and the 76ers, without any timeouts left, could manage only Andre Miller’s 40-footer at the buzzer that came up short.

Dwight Howard had 21 points and 14 rebounds for the Magic (11-4), who shot just 12-for-35 in the second half and nearly surrendered a 12-point, first-half lead. Tony Battie had a season-high 20 points and Turkoglu added 12 for Orlando, which won for the seventh time in eight games.

Elton Brand scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half for Philadelphia (7-8), which lost its second straight. Andre Iguodala added 17 points, while Lou Williams and Thaddeus Young had 13 apiece.

Turkoglu gave the Magic a 93-92 lead with 35 seconds left with two free throws. Iguodala answered with a pair from the line to give Philadelphia a 94-93 advantage with 14 seconds left, setting up Orlando’s final possession.

Marreese Speights hit a 38-footer as time expired to end the third quarter for his first career 3-pointer to give Philadelphia its first lead, 72-71. Speights scored on a fast-break layup to open the fourth period before hitting a 15-footer that gave Philadelphia its largest lead, 80-74, with 8:31 left.

The Sixers held the lead for most of the final quarter, but could never gain a margin larger than six despite several chances to put away the cold-shooting Magic.

Orlando shot 20-for-33 (61 percent) in the first half to take a 55-45 lead at the break. But the Magic missed 13 of 19 shots in the third quarter and the 76ers took advantage, outscoring Orlando 27-16 in the period to go up by one.

Brand scored 11 points in the quarter, including nine during an 18-8 Philadelphia run to open the second half that trimmed Orlando’s lead to 61-59 with 5:32 left in the quarter. The Magic missed nine of 12 shots during the 76ers’ spurt.

Battie, who entered Wednesday averaging just 3.9 points, scored 16 points in the first half by making all seven of his field goals and both of his free-throw attempts.

Notes:@ Magic guard Jameer Nelson watched from the bench after suffering a strained right hip flexor in Monday’s 108-101 win over Milwaukee. The Chester, Pa., native and Saint Joseph’s University product is expected to miss seven to 10 days. Iguodala hasn’t scored more than 19 points in a game this season after averaging 19.9 last season. Howard recorded his 11th double-double of the season.

(This version CORRECTS Magic 96, 76ers 94. SUBS 3rd graf to correct Turkoglu to 12 points.)

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