E'Twaun Moore - Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Playing without starters Jameer Nelson, Arron Afflalo, J.J. Redick, and Glen Davis, and having only nine players available, the Magic competed for two and a half quarters against Philly on Monday, but lost their tenth straight game.
The Orlando Magic did not shoot over 40% from the field in any quarter, on their way to a season-low 33.8% field-goal percentage and a season-low in points, while the Philadelphia 76ers led by as many as 20 points in the final quarter and maintained a double-digit lead for the final 18 minutes of the game in a comfortable 78-61 victory.
Only three Orlando players finished in double figures, led by shooting guard E'Twaun Moore who tied his career-high with 18 points on 9 of 17 shooting. Maurice Harkless, who had a sensational statistical line against Milwaukee Saturday night, had a more modest stat line of 10 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals in 43 minutes. Andrew Nicholson came off the bench to score 11 points on 5 of 9 shooting along with 6 rebounds. Center Nikola Vucevic contributed 14 rebounds, along with nine points.
Moore and Nicholson were the only Magic players to shoot over 50%, as they combined to shoot 14 of 26. The remaining seven Magic players combined to shoot 13 of 54 (24%).
The 76ers started the game off strong, as they jumped out to a 22-6 lead in the game's first eight minutes, and led 28-16 after one. Philly was very effective on the break, scoring 14 fast-break points in the opening frame.
To Orlando's credit, they fought back in the second quarter, as they held the 76ers to just 14 points on 30% shooting, getting as close as 35-33 with 2:11 remaining in the half. Philadelphia led 42-35 at halftime.
The Magic hung around for the first six minutes of the third, coming as close as 44-41 with 8:39 left after a Harkless layup. Philadelphia then went on a 16-5 run, with Hawes scoring seven of those points, to close the quarter with a 60-46 lead.
The final quarter was basically garbage time, as the 76ers maintained a lead of between 14 and 20 points the entire quarter. Josh McRoberts, who started at power forward for Orlando, made a 3-pointer with just over three minutes remaining for their only 3 of the game, and kept alive the Magic's streak of making at least one 3-pointer in every game since March of 2007.
The two teams combined to shoot just 13 free throws.
Hedo Turkoglu continues to struggle mightily from the field, though he contributed five first-half assists and a game total of six assists, as he shot 0 for 3. Since January 1st, Turkoglu has shot 4 of 30 (13%) from the field, including 0 for 16 from long range.
Orlando returns home on Wednesday to face the Los Angeles Clippers.