Magic Clip Sixers in Double OT
By John Denton
July 12, 2012

ORLANDO – Orlando power forward Justin Harper scored six of his 18 points in the two extra periods as the Magic outlasted the Philadelphia 76ers 77-75 in double overtime Thursday at the AirTran Pro Summer League.

Philadelphia point guard Zack Rosen missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer of the third overtime for the win. The Sixers (1-3) got 15 points from Clay Tucker, while Devin Searcy scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds off the bench.

The Magic (2-2) fell behind by as much as five points in the first overtime, but two free throws and a clutch 3-pointer from Harper knotted the game at 73. Harper had a chance to win the game at the end of the first OT period, but his spinning shot in the lane was off line.

Harper, who has bulked up from 225 pounds to 240 pounds, made six of 18 shots and grabbed 10 rebounds. His outside shot looked good early in the game, but he finished the night three of 10 from the 3-point line.

Magic point guard Kevin Anderson, starting in place of Maalik Wayns, had 12 points, nine assists and three steals in almost 39 minutes. Wayns, who played well the first three days, is in Las Vegas to play for the Golden State Warriors Summer League team after not getting selected in last month’s NBA Draft.

The AirTran Airways Orlando Pro Summer League concludes on Friday with four games at the Amway Center practice court. The event is closed to the public because of space reasons, but it is being televised by NBA TV. The league is designed primarily for rookies, young NBA players and undrafted free agents looking to earn invites to training camp in October.

Magic second-round pick Kyle O’Quinn had 11 points and eight rebounds in his third strong performance of the week. First-round selection Andrew Nicholson had just six points, but did gather 10 rebounds.

Using the inside-outside duo of O’Quinn and Harper, the Magic built a 37-34 lead at the intermission. O’Quinn scored nine points and grabbed five rebounds in the first half. Orlando led by as many as 10 points in the first 20 minutes.

Harper, a second-year NBA player, didn’t get to go through summer league as a rookie because of the lockout. He scored 15 points in the first half of Monday’s opener, but struggled mightily with his shot the next two days. He came out aggressive on Thursday, hitting a deep 3-pointer and two jumpers for seven first-half points.