Turkoglu's clutch three helps Magic tie series with 76ers

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4/27/2009 12:29:24 AM
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Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Hedo Turkoglu drilled the game-winning three-pointer with 1.1 seconds remaining, helping the Magic even their Eastern Conference quarterfinals series with an 84-81 Game 4 triumph over the 76ers, the third game in the series to come down to the final possession.

The Sixers came storming back from a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter to tie it on Samuel Dalembert's dunk with 14.8 seconds remaining. Orlando called timeout and drew up a play for Turkoglu, who missed an off- balanced trey at the buzzer in a Game 1 loss.

The Turkish sharp-shooter didn't let history repeat itself, shaking Andre Iguodala thanks to a pick from Rashard Lewis and rising at the left wing over Thaddeus Young for the dagger with just over a second left.

"We don't have a lot of isolation guys, but Hedo's our best. He did a very good job and left them very little time on the clock," Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy said.

Iguodala's heave from well beyond the three-point line glanced off the side of the rim, heading the series back to Orlando on Tuesday knotted at two games apiece.

Turkoglu made 8-of-11 from the field for 17 points, while Dwight Howard recorded 18 points and 18 rebounds for the third-seeded Magic, who made just 6-of-20 from three-point range and 12-of-20 from the line in the win.

Andre Miller paced Philly with 17 points, while Iguodala and Young chipped in 15 and 13 points, respectively. The Sixers shot better from long distance (8- of-19, 42.1 percent) than from two-point range (23-of-61, 37.7 percent).

It was a tale of two quarters in the first half, with the Magic hitting 6-of-7 to open the game and the Sixers sinking the three-ball to stay close.

Orlando led 24-22 after the opening 12 minutes, though neither team shot particularly well in an ugly second stanza. With three minutes to go before the half, Howard's field goal tied the game at 36-all, which was the score at the break as both offenses stalled.

The Magic made that shooting effort a distant memory by making their first seven shots in the third, including three from long distance.

Lewis' three and jumper around a Miller free throw yielded a 53-42 Magic lead early in the half, and the visitors led, 64-55, with a quarter to play.

Lewis stole an ill-advised pass from Lou Williams and converted a three-point play at the other end for a 73-63 lead with seven minutes remaining.

Still trailing by 10 with 4 1/2 minutes left, the Sixers rattled off eight consecutive points. Iguodala drilled a three and Miller drove the lane for a layup to cap the spurt, cutting the deficit to 79-77 with 2:33 left.

Turkoglu ended the run with a tough layup in traffic while being fouled, though he missed the free throw to keep the Magic ahead by four. After trading misses, Miller hit two free throws to make it a one-possession game with 1:28 left.

The Magic came up empty their next time down, with Miller blocking Lee's three-point attempt and Howard just off the mark on a rushed 10-footer to beat the shot clock.

Miller bricked an off-balanced runner from the baseline, though the hosts regained possession following Lewis' miss of a contested jumper with less than 30 seconds remaining.

Iguodala controlled the ball at the left wing and threw a jump-pass in the lane to Dalembert, who threw down a dunk with 14.8 ticks left, setting up Turkoglu's heroics.

"It was a great battle," Philly head coach Tony DiLeo said. "I am proud of the way we fought back. We lost control at the beginning of the third quarter, we just couldn't get any stops."

Game Notes

Lewis ended with 17 points and seven rebounds for Orlando, which received 15 and 13 points from Courtney lee and Rafer Alston, respectively...Orlando's bench scored just four points, compared to 15 from Philly's...Williams and Willie Green each scored 11 points in the loss. Dalembert had 10 points, and Iguodala doled out a game-high 11 assists.

Hedo Turkoglu  (Photo: Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)


(Photo: Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
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