With six players out due to injury, the Orlando Magic knew they were in for an uphill battle. In the end, the Philadelphia 76ers won that battle, defeating the Magic 78-61 on Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center to give them their second 10-game losing streak in as many months.
Philadelphia (21-26) received a game-high 21 points and 14 rebounds from Spencer Hawes, while Nick Young had 15 points and six rebounds and Jrue Holiday registered 13 points to go with 14 assists. Lavoy Allen scored 10 points and pulled down six boards off the bench.
For the Magic (14-34), E'Twaun Moore tallied 18 points, Andrew Nicholson recorded 11 points and six rebounds, Moe Harkless finished with 10 points and Nikola Vucevic notched nine points and 14 rebounds.
The Sixers shot 45.6% (36 of 79) from the field compared to 33.8% (27 of 80) for Orlando, while both teams were anemic from 3-point range, with Philadelphia shooting 15.0% (3 of 20) and the Magic connecting on 8.3% (1 of 12) of their attempts. The hosts held a 40-34 edge on points in the paint, a 20-10 advantage in assists and totaled seven blocks compared to two for Orlando.
After outscoring the Magic 28-16 in the first quarter, the Sixers were beaten 19-14 in the second period. They bounced back to take the third quarter 18-11 and won 18-15 in the fourth.
Six players were inactive for Orlando: Arron Afflalo (strained left calf), Jameer Nelson (bruised left forearm), J.J. Redick (sore right shoulder) and Glen Davis (broken left foot), DeQuan Jones (sore left foot) and Al Harrington (right knee). As a result, Moore, Ish Smith, Moor Vucevic, Josh McRoberts and Nicholson started the contest.
"I really give credit to the character of the guys that suit up and play," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. "They had it in their minds that we were going to come here and play hard and try and get a win. Nothing less."
Philadelphia lost top rebounder Thaddeus Young to a left hamstring injury in the second quarter after he dove for a loose ball and came up lame. The small forward could miss up to two weeks.
"We knew that Nik was going to be a tremendous player," Sixers coach Doug Collins said of Vucevic, who was a rookie with Philadelphia last year. "Obviously, to have to give him up was not something we wanted to do. But in order to make the Andrew Bynum deal, we had to do that."
"We knew that Nik was going to be a tremendous player," Collins said. "Obviously, to have to give him up was not something we wanted to do. But in order to make the Andrew Bynum deal, we had to do that." Orlando hosts the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday at 7:00 pm on FS Florida.
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