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Sixers stun Magic; Lakers roll
Los Angeles, Apr 20 (Agencies):
Published on 21 Apr. 2009 1:10 AM IST
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Andre Iguodala waited for the clock to tick down, took a few dribbles to his right and let go a high-arcing jumper. The Magic were stunned, their fans silenced. For the Philadelphia 76ers, it was the sweet sound of taking home-court advantage. Iguodala made a 22-foot jumper with 2.2 seconds remaining, and the visiting Sixers rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat Orlando 100-98 in Game 1 of their opening-round playoff series Sunday. He then stood at halfcourt waving his hands as teammates joined him to celebrate. “We won one more game than people thought we would win,” Iguodala said. “I was pretty amped.” Iguodala had 20 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, and Louis Williams scored 18 to help the Sixers beat the Magic for the first time in four tries this season - and when it mattered most. Hedo Turkoglu’s fadeaway three-point try missed at the buzzer, and Magic fans stood in disbelief. Iguodala had missed two free-throw tries with about a minute left before more than redeeming himself with the game-winning shot. Dwight Howard had a career-playoff-high 31 points and 16 rebounds, and rookie Courtney Lee scored 18 for the Magic. It was the biggest lead the Magic wasted all season. Lakers 113, Jazz 100 Pardon Phil Jackson’s lack of enthusiasm for how the Lakers played in the second half. They piled up 62 points on Utah in the first half, then got outscored over the final 24 minutes in Los Angeles. Kobe Bryant scored 24 points, Trevor Ariza added 21 and Pau Gasol 20 as the Lakers had their way against the eighth-seeded Jazz. L.A. led by 22 points at halftime and then answered resoundingly both times Utah cut its deficit to nine in the second half. ... Carlos Boozer led the Jazz with 27 points and Deron Williams added 16 points and a career-playoff-high 17 assists.

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