Game 5: Magic beat Philadelphia 76ers

The Amway Arena hosted game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarter finals between the Orlando Magic and the Philadelphia 76ers.  It was a sell out event, with over 17,000 in attendance largely celebrating the Magic 91 – 78 victory.

Dwight Howard led the team to victory with his fourth career 20+ points/20+ rebound game with 24 points and 24 rebounds.  This also marked a team high playoff appearance in rebounds.  Countering his performance was a technical foul elbowing Samuel Dalembert.  The play is currently under review with the NBA to determine if Howard will be issued a suspension.

Rafer Alston and Rashard Lewis also contributed heavily to the Magic win.  Lewis scored a series high 24 points while Alston added 14 points into the Magic bucket.

Andre Iguodala lead the way for 76ers with 26 points and a strong second half appearance, but it was not enough to keep up with the Magic.

Orlando takes a 3 -2 lead in the series and hope to close the series out in Philadelphia this Thursday.  The Magic will have to do it without their shooting guard Courtney Lee.  Lee suffered a fractured sinus due to an elbow to the head from teammate Dwight Howard and will miss game 6.  His status is in question for the remainder of the playoffs.

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