Brand, in combination with Tony Battie, were dealt the task of trying to stop Dwight Howard who was averaging 202. Points and 15.5 rebounds entering tonight’s game. Howard ended up with 17 points and 11 rebounds. His line was not terrible but Howard, who shoots north of 50% from the field on average, was held to 6-of-17 shooting from the field. Brand and Battie were phenomenal on Howard and the rest of the team stepped up on defense and two of the Magic’s five starters were held to 3 points apiece.
With 3:33 remaining the Sixers had held the Magic to 49 points. The Sixers would stretch their lead to 19 and Magic head coach Stan van Gundy sat Dwight Howard for the remainder of the game. The Magic then stormed back and, in combination with missed free throws by the Sixers, rallied back to make it a two possession game. The Sixers got the lead to 8 points until J.J. Redick hit a 3 pointer with 0.1 seconds remaining.
The Sixers pushed their home record to 11-2 and now their tough week continues to get tougher. The Sixers welcome the 18-5 Bulls to town on Wednesday for a 7:00 pm tipoff.
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