Instant Replay: Magic 99, Sixers 91

Instant Replay: Magic 99, Sixers 91
March 10, 2013, 8:15 pm
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Orlando, Fla. – It’s been 68 days and counting since the Sixers last won away from the Wells Fargo Center, and that skid continued as they dropped their 13th straight to the Magic, 99-91, Sunday.

Orlando has now won just three times in their last 13 games, with two of those wins coming against the Sixers, who join Detroit, Phoenix and Golden State as the only teams to have twice fallen to the Magic – who now have 18 wins – this season.

With the defeat, the Sixers fall to 23-39.

A game featuring two teams struggling to get victories produced eight ties and 11 lead changes.

Damien Wilkins started for the Sixers for the first time this season. His presence made for the third different starting lineup in as many games. Wilkins brought energy and preparedness, scoring 16 points and handing out six assists.

Turning point
Jameer Nelson hit a three-pointer with 3:40 to play to give the Magic a 91-87 lead.  The Magic would finish 12 for 27 from long range. The Sixers were 5 for 10.

And then with 2:15 to play and the Sixers down, 91-89, Jrue Holiday stepped to the foul line and missed two free throws.

Follow the leader
Thaddeus Young followed up his 25-point performance against the Heat with 26 points and 11 rebounds, his 17th double-double of the season. Spencer Hawes scored 15 points and grabbed seven boards.

Meanwhile the Sixers starting duo of Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner were a combined 6 for 21 for 14 points. Holiday was 4 for 16 from the floor.

Aaron Afflalo scored 17 points. Tobias Harris scored 15 points on 7-for-16 shooting and former Sixer Nik Vucevic registered his 35th double-double of the year with 14 points and 17 rebounds.

The two teams shot a combined 17 free throws. The Sixers were 6 for 10 while the Magic were 5 for 7.

Take a bow
Jameer Nelson has missed a total of 17 games this season because of a variety of injuries -- two of those absences were when the Magic played the Sixers. In years past Nelson has given the Sixers fits and Sunday was no different.

The former St. Joe’s Hawk scored 24 points and had 10 assists. He made 5 of 9 three-point attempts.

What’s next
The Sixers will entertain the Brooklyn Nets Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center. The Nets have won three in a row, are 36-27 and occupy the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

They are led in scoring by Brook Lopez, who averages 18.6 points. Deron Williams averages 17.8 points and 7.5 assists.  

The Nets are a much-improved defensive team holding opponents to the fourth-lowest field goal percentage and fifth-fewest points.

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