Anderson helps hot-shooting Magic top 76ers

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Ryan Anderson scored 26 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to help the Dwight Howard-less Orlando Magic beat the Philadelphia 76ers 113-100 on Monday.

Orlando hit 53.3 percent (48 of 90) of its shots overall, 61.1 percent (11 of 18) from 3-point range.

"They just shot lights out, they really did," Philadelphia coach Doug Collins said. "They must have had three or four 3s at the end of the (shot) clock when our guys took a breath thinking their guy was out of the play. You can't do that against Orlando. They play as hard offensively at the end of the clock as any team in the NBA."

As for rebounding, the Sixers couldn't get a body on Anderson, who is among the top 10 offensive rebounders in the league. But they also gave up three offensive rebounds to seldom-used reserve Daniel Orton, who got his first NBA start in place of Howard and injured backup Glen Davis.

Orton, who had played only 74 minutes all season, finished with six points and six rebounds in 23 minutes.

Howard is doubtful for the rest of the regular season due to a herniated disk.

"It was a little bit of everything tonight," said Andre Iguodala, who led Philadelphia with eight rebounds. "You can't have guys trying to leak out. You've got to rebound as a team, and we didn't do that."

J.J. Redick had 18 points and Jason Richardson 17, and Jameer Nelson added 16 points and 13 assists for the Magic, who had six players in double figures.

Jrue Holiday led the Sixers with 18 points and eight assists. Iguodala, Thaddeus Young and Lou Williams scored 15 apiece.

The Sixers are now 0-9 this season when giving up more than 100 points.

The Magic torched the Sixers for 11 3-pointers, with Anderson, Redick, Nelson, Jason Richardson and Quentin Richardson each hitting two.

The Magic started the second half with a 61-55 lead, thanks largely to shooting 69 percent in the second quarter, including 5-for-6 from 3-point territory.

Both teams showed up hot after halftime. Philadelphia shot 55 percent (11 of 20) in the third period and needed all of it to stay in the game as the Magic knocked down 56 percent (13 of 23) and built a lead as big as 74-59.

Anderson surprised the Sixers with four layups, including two follow shots, and threw in a 3-pointer for 11 points and six rebounds in the quarter. Redick and Nelson also had 3-pointers as the Magic played free and loose at the offensive end.

Philadelphia stayed close thanks to the 3-point shooting of Holiday and the inside work of Young. Holiday hit back-to-back treys and Young got eight points around the basket with no shot blocker around to stop him due to Howard's absence.

Holiday hit five of seven shots, including a pair of 3-pointers, to help Philadelphia jump out to a 27-21 lead after one quarter. The Sixers shot 52.4 percent in the period, all but one of their 10 makes coming from the perimeter.

The Magic hit only nine of 25 shots but stayed close by grabbing six offensive rebounds. Anderson had two stickbacks while scoring eight points in the period.

The Magic went back to their preferred style of attack -- launching 3-pointers whenever possible -- and quickly shot ahead in the second quarter. Orlando started the quarter hitting five straight treys to spark a 35-20 run.

That spurt included back-to-back treys from Richardson early in the quarter and two more in a row from Anderson. Collins called two timeouts to remind his team that the long ball was Orlando's bread-and-butter.

However, a traditional three-point play from Richardson, who had 12 points in the half, helped Orlando to its biggest lead of the half, 56-47, with 2:45 left in the half.

The Sixers settled down defensively and got a lift from reserves Williams and Spencer Hawes to close the deficit to 61-55 by halftime.

Williams, like Holiday in the first quarter, had an easy time going around Nelson and scored eight points. Hawes took advantage of Orton's inexperience to score eight points around the basket.

NOTES: The Sixers play at home against Indiana on Tuesday and at Cleveland on Wednesday to complete a back-to-back-to-back run. Philadelphia plays six of its last seven games on the road. ... The Magic lead the NBA in 3-pointers made and attempted. Orlando led the league in both categories the past two seasons. ... Orlando plays at Boston on Wednesday.
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