Notebook: Magic 98, Sixers 84



Posted Feb 27, 2013 12:42 AM

Andy Jasner, for NBA.com

THE FACTS: Tobias Harris and Arron Afflalo each scored 16 points, leading six Orlando Magic players in double figures in a surprising 98-84 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Andrew Nicholson scored 13 points while former Sixer Nikola Vucevic scored 12 points and swept 19 rebounds. E'Twaun Moore had 12 points and 10 assists while Maurice Harkless also scored 10 points. The Magic improved to 16-41 and broke a 10-game losing streak on the road.

Jeremy Pargo and Damien Wilkins paced the Sixers with 14 points each. Dorell Wright scored 11 points and Evan Turner had 10 for Philadelphia, which has lost six straight games. The Sixers dropped to 22-33.

QUOTABLE: "If everyone looked inside themselves as much as I do, the world would be a CAT scan."
-- Sixers coach Doug Collins

THE STAT: The Sixers are 0-13 this season when the opponent shoots 50 percent or better from the field. Orlando shot 53.9 percent -- 41-for-76. Dating to the 2010-11 season, the Sixers are 0-27 when the opponent shoots 50 percent or better.

TURNING POINT: The Magic began the third quarter on an 11-0 run. The Magic then opened the fourth on a 17-3 run. That eventually pushed a five-point halftime lead to 21 and provided the Magic with a stunning road win.

HOT: Harris was 7-for-9 while Nicholson was 6-for-8. Harkless knocked down three of his four shots.

NOT: Sixers All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday shot 4-for-11. So did Thaddeus Young. Nick Young was 1-for-6 and Evan Turner was 2-for-7.

QUOTABLE II: "I think the guys deserved it. They put forth the kind of effort that deserved a win and that's what it's all about. At the end of the day in this league, for the most part, you get what you deserve. Tonight we had a great effort and were able to do a lot of good things and we're just getting better."
-- Magic coach Jacque Vaughn

FANTASY SPOTLIGHT: Vucevic had a stellar all-around game with 12 points, 19 rebounds, one assist and one blocked shot.

INSIDE THE ARENA: The crowd of 18,432 was quiet for much of the game. Down the stretch, the fans voiced their displeasure and sent boos careening from the stands after the final buzzer sounded.

QUOTABLE III: "I haven't felt this energy in the locker room in a long time. It's definitely a good feeling."
-- Magic forward Maurice Harkless

GOOD MOVE: The Magic attacked the rim and took advantage of Philadelphia's weakness in the middle. Vucevic dominated Lavoy Allen and Spencer Hawes in just about every facet.

BAD MOVE: The Sixers could have gone to Holiday more often. While his shot was off, he has the ability to get to the basket. They got away from that at times.

ROOKIE WATCH: Nicholson scored 13 points while Harkless had 10 points and four rebounds. Forward Kyle O'Quinn received a DNP-CD, forward DeQuan Jones scored six points while guard Doron Lamb was scoreless in 5:43. For the Sixers, forward Arnett Moultrie had two points in 5:30.

NOTABLE: The Sixers haven't scored above 93 points in any of the past 11 games, the longest streak in franchise history during the shot clock era. ... Wilkins' 14 points was a season high. ... Moore's double-double for the Magic was the first of his career. ... Thaddeus Young has 20 rebounds and seven steals combined in the past two games. ... Holiday failed to reach double figures in scoring for just the third time this season. ... Vucevic's double-double was his 32nd of the season. ... The Sixers are 6-20 when scoring below 90 points this season.

NEXT: For the Magic, Wednesday vs. Sacramento, Friday vs. Houston, Sunday vs. Memphis. For the Sixers, Thursday @ Chicago, Saturday vs. Golden State, Sunday @ Washington.