The Sixers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 126-125 win over the shorthanded Orlando Magic in double overtime on Tuesday.
With 9.8 seconds to go in the second OT, James Anderson had an opportunity to seal the game at the foul line with a pair of free throws. He missed both shots to keep the Sixers with a three-point advantage.
On the ensuing possession, the Magic got the ball to Arron Afflalo, who had already poured in 43 points. However, this time he drew iron on the shot while the Sixers secured the rebound and the win.
The Sixers improved to 7-12 with the victory. It was the second double overtime game they have won this season at the Wells Fargo Center.
Orlando was without starters Jameer Nelson and Nikola Vucevic in the game with both sidelined because of injuries (see story).
With 1:01 to play in the second overtime, Thaddeus Young took a pass from Michael Carter-Williams and hit his patented left-hand floater. It stretched the Sixers’ lead to 125-120, gave Young 25 points on the night and MCW his first career triple-double.
Take a bow
On the day when Carter-Williams was named Eastern Conference Rookie Rookie of the Month for October/November (see story), the point guard put together another impressive performance.
Carter-Williams was 11 of 19 from the floor for 27 points. He added 12 rebounds, 10 assists and three steals.
Fellow rookie Victor Oladipo was equally impressive for the Magic, recording his first-ever triple-double with 26 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
Oladipo and Carter-Williams have separated themselves to date as the head of this season’s rookie class with everyone else a good distance behind.
Follow the leader
Young posted his third double-double this season with 25 points and 12 rebounds. Young was 3 of 6 from three-point range as he is shooting a career-best 39.3 percent from beyond the arc.
Evan Turner scored 24 points in the win. He made 7 of 16 shots from the floor but connected on 10 of 13 from the free throw line before picking up his sixth foul 30 seconds into the second OT.
Afflalo led all scorers with 43. He made 14 of 27 shots overall, including 5 of 13 from three.
Meanwhile, Glen Davis scored 33 on 15 of 24 shooting. Davis made his first three-pointer since the 2011-12 season with 18.4 seconds to go in regulation, knotting the game at 104.
The Sixers were dominant on the backboard. They outrebounded the Magic, 56-34.
Also, the Sixers made their free throws for a change. They shot 23 of 33 from the charity stripe.
The Sixers head to Charlotte to face the Bobcats on Friday night when they will be trying to snap a seven-game road losing streak.
The Bobcats average the least points in the NBA per game (89.2), but they allow the second-fewest (91.8).
Former Episcopal Academy standout Gerald Henderson, now in his fifth NBA season, is averaging 14.5 points per game.