Magic triumph in OT

Published: Friday, January 27, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 27, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
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Orlando's Tony Battie dunks over Philadelphia's Steven Hunter during the first half Thursday in Philadelphia.

The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA - Pat Garrity opened overtime with consecutive 3-pointers and scored a season-high 24 points, Hedo Turkoglu had 25, and the Orlando Magic beat the Philadelphia 76ers 119-115 Thursday night for their season-high fifth straight win.
Keyon Dooling sank the go-ahead free throws with 1:08 left in overtime and had 18 points. Dwight Howard had 22 to help Orlando run off its longest winning streak since it won six straight in 2002. The Magic won their second straight road game after losing their previous eight.
Allen Iverson, who appeared to hurt his ankle in the final minute of regulation, scored 38 points and had 15 assists, and Chris Webber used a big second half to finish with 32 points and 11 rebounds for the Sixers, who had their three-game winning streak snapped.
Like almost every Sixers home game, this one came down to the final baskets.
Iverson, who was not on the court for the Sixers' final shot of the fourth, returned for overtime and did not seem affected by any possible injury. Iverson drove to the hoop for two layups after Garrity's 3s, then, after an Orlando basket, hit a jumper that made it 111-109.
Webber converted a three-point play with 1:13 left that tied the score at 113. Dooling, though, made the foul shots and Howard added a wide-open dunk when no Sixers player blocked him out for a 117-113 lead.
Both teams wasted crucial opportunities late in regulation, the first coming with 1:11 left when Andre Iguodala threw a pass out of bounds at halfcourt. With a chance to go ahead, Tony Battie missed two free throws, then Iverson missed a rushed shot immediately down the court.
That allowed Turkoglu to come down and sink a 3-pointer with 23 seconds left for a 103-101 lead.
  • CELTICS-TIMBERWOLVES TRADE: Boston acquired Wally Szczerbiak and Michael Olowokandi from Minnesota in a multiplayer deal that sent Ricky Davis and three other players to Minnesota.
    Davis, Mark Blount, Marcus Banks, Justin Reed and two conditional second-round draft picks are going to the slumping Timberwolves. The Celtics also get Dwayne Jones and a future first-round draft pick, Celtics spokesman Jeff Twiss said.
    "We are ecstatic to acquire a player of Wally Szczerbiak's quality to complement Paul Pierce and our young talent base", Celtics director of basketball operations Danny Ainge said in a statement.
  • SUNS 107, HEAT 98: Raja Bell scored 22 points, Steve Nash had 21 points and 14 assists, and visiting Phoenix blew most of a 21-point second-half lead before beating Miami.
    The Suns saw their once-dominant margin whittled to five with 4:15 left after Dwyane Wade hit a pair of free throws to get Miami within 98-93.
    Wade had 25 points for Miami, which fell to 0-6 against the teams with the NBA's four best records: Phoenix, San Antonio, Dallas and Detroit.
  • PACERS: Jermaine O'Neal is expected to miss at least eight weeks with a left groin tear, leaving the team without its leading scorer and rebounder.
  • SUNS: The team acquired 7-footer Nikoloz Tskitishvili from the Minnesota Timberwolves for a 2006 second-round draft pick.
  • RAPTORS: The team fired general manager Rob Babcock just a year and a half after he was hired.
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