Terrence Ross is fearless. He buried a go-ahead jumper with 34 seconds remaining in overtime and then calmly sank a pair of free throws. While he continues to struggle with his shot (4-of-15 from field, 2-of-9 from 3-point range), Ross was aggressive and he did a terrific job getting good looks coming off screens. He scored all 15 of his points after halftime.
Top Performers written by Josh Cohen
In foul trouble early, Elfrid Payton came on strong late to have another solid performance. He finished with 10 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and three steals. Payton also had the game’s signature defensive play. He stripped the ball away from Justin Anderson in the closing seconds of regulation to help force OT.
Nikola Vucevic delivered another outstanding performance against his former team. He posted 26 points and 13 rebounds in Monday’s win. Vucevic’s 20-point average against Philly is the second most against any opponent. The only team he has a higher scoring average against is Portland (24.0 PPG).
Evan Fournier drilled a pair of huge shots in overtime, including a go-ahead jumper with 1:47 left, and he knocked down a pair of free throws with 11 seconds left to put Orlando up three. He scored 13 of his 19 points after halftime and also had four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Fournier has scored in double figures in every game this month and in 12 of his last 13 games.
Jodie Meeks made his return and recorded nine points off the bench. He had missed the previous 26 games after having surgery to repair ligament damage to his left thumb. Meeks was also absent for the first 19 games of this season while he recovered from a foot injury.