The Orlando Magic couldn't get anything going in the first three quarters, but shot 67 percent and totaled 34 points in the final period, pulling away from the Philadelphia 76ers, 101-90. The win effectively snap a 16-game road losing streak.
Nikola Vucevic hammered his former team down low, finishing as Orlando's leading scorer with 21 points and adding 13 rebounds as well. Jameer Nelson paced the Magic with 12 assists and he did most of his scoring late; 12 of his 16 points came in the fourth quarter. Victor Oladipo added 17 points and Maurice Harkless finished with 13 points and three trey balls.
Thaddeus Young led the young Sixers with 19 points and Tony Wroten added 15 off the bench. Eric Maynor, recently acquired from Washington at the trade deadline, finished with 13 points on six shots in one of his most impressive performances of the season. Rookie guard Michael Carter-Williams struggled in all facets, totaling just eight points on 3-of-13 shooting.
The game started about as badly as one would expect two of the NBA's worst teams to start: In the first quarter, the Magic shot only 32 percent from the field and the Sixers netted just 29 percent of their shots. Byron Mullens jacked five first quarter shots and missed badly on most of those attempts and the game lacked any luster until Oladipo finished a reverse up-and-under layup through traffic.
The ineptitude didn't stop in the second quarter. One possession Andrew Nicholson pump faked and then bobbled the ball, gathered control then zipped it to Oladipo 30 feet from the basket. Oladipo, upon realizing the shot clock was winding down, flung the ball way above the hoop, right into the shot clock.
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With just under 30 seconds left, Oladipo netted a three, bringing Orlando within four points. Henry Sims missed a few shots at the rim on the other end because of course he did and the Magic turned it over directly after. Philadelphia did not score before the halftime buzzer sounded and went into halftime with a 44-40 lead.
BYRON MULLENS HALFTIME UPDATE: 1-of-8 from the field in nine minutes of action.
A 9-0 Magic run of competence was capitalized by a step through layup in transition by Tobias Harris. That gave Orlando a 51-50 lead. The Magic eventually took a seven-point lead, but the Sixers clawed back, tying things at 67 heading into the final period.
Jameer Nelson dropped 10 points in the first four minutes of the quarter and Orlando, as a team, dropped in four long range bombs to open up its lead to double digits. In all, Orlando hit its first seven shots from the field in the final period. That hot streak cushioned the Magic's lead enough to keep the Sixers at bay.
BYRON MULLENS FULL GAME UPDATE: 3-of-11 from the field in 17 minutes, seven points.