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Magic advance to second round

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 22, 2013 at 04:57 PM
PHILADELPHIA -

Who needs Superman?

On a night a suspended Dwight Howard recorded a double-double in blog and Twitter posts from his hotel room, Orlando advanced to the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, beating the Philadelphia 76ers 114-89 in Game 6 on Thursday.

Playing without Howard and injured guard Courtney Lee, the Magic thumped the Sixers from the start. Howard, who was suspended one game by the NBA for his elbow on Sixers center Samuel Dalembert in Game 5, will return when the Magic play the winner of the Boston-Chicago series.

Rashard Lewis scored 29 points and Rafer Alston had 21 to help the Magic win for the second time this series in Philly. The Magic's decisive run came early when they made 12 of their first 19 shots.

Howard served his suspension in a downtown Philadelphia hotel and watched the game with family and friends who had made the trip to watch him play. Instead, they got to watch him type. And misspell.

An early blog post read "lets cheer my boys on goo magic."

ORLANDO (114) - Turkoglu 5-8 1-1 12, Lewis 11-22 7-9 29, Gortat 5-8 1-2 11, Alston 8-16 2-2 21, Redick 5-9 0-0 15, Battie 3-3 1-2 7, Pietrus 5-10 2-4 14, Johnson 2-6 0-0 5. Totals 44-82 14-20 114.

PHILADELPHIA (89) - Iguodala 7-16 2-4 20, Young 4-11 0-0 8, Dalembert 4-9 0-0 8, Miller 7-13 10-12 24, Green 2-8 0-0 4, Williams 5-12 5-5 17, Ratliff 0-1 0-0 0, Marshall 0-0 0-0 0, Speights 1-3 2-2 4, Ivey 1-3 1-2 4. Totals 31-76 20-25 89.

Orlando30322527-114Philadelphia19292417-89 3-Point Goals-Orlando 12-26 (Redick 5-7, Alston 3-7, Pietrus 2-5, Turkoglu 1-2, Johnson 1-2, Lewis 0-3), Philadelphia 7-20 (Iguodala 4-6, Williams 2-7, Ivey 1-2, Miller 0-2, Young 0-3). Fouled Out-None. Rebounds-Orlando 52 (Gortat 15), Philadelphia 42 (Dalembert 13). Assists-Orlando 31 (Alston 10), Philadelphia 17 (Iguodala 6). Total Fouls-Orlando 24, Philadelphia 21. Technicals-Turkoglu 2, Orlando Coach Van Gundy, Dalembert. Ejected-Turkoglu. A-16,691 (20,318).

BULLS 128, CELTICS 127: One more thriller, and now, Chicago and Boston will play a decisive seventh game.

Derrick Rose scored 28 points and blocked Rajon Rondo's potential game-winner, John Salmons scored 35, and the Bulls beat the defending champions in triple overtime to tie this first-round series at three games apiece.

Ray Allen scored a career playoff-high 51 points for the Celtics, but the series will go back to Boston for Game 7 on Saturday after another classic battle in a series that had already seen its share of drama.

ALL-ROOKIE TEAM: Rookie of the Year Derrick Rose of Chicago and Memphis guard O.J. Mayo are unanimous selections to the All-Rookie Team. Rounding out the first team: Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook, New Jersey's Brook Lopez and Miami's Michael Beasley.

LATE WEDNESDAY: Behind Carmelo Anthony's 34 points, Denver advanced to the second round of the playoffs, 107-86 against New Orleans. It is the Nuggets' first playoff series win since 1994.

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