Instant Replay: Sixers 78, Magic 61

Instant Replay: Sixers 78, Magic 61

February 4, 2013, 9:00 pm
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The Sixers won a third consecutive game for the first time since Nov. 30 by defeating the undermanned Orlando Magic on Monday, 78-61.

The Sixers’ overall record improved to 21-26 with the victory.

Orlando was without key players Jameer Nelson, J.J. Reddick, Glen Davis and Aaron Afflalo, who were all sidelined with injuries.

Turning point
With 5:46 to play in the second quarter and the Sixers leading 32-24, Thaddeus Young suffered a left hamstring strain and did not return to the game (see story). Young averages 15.1 points and a career-high 7.4 rebounds per game this season. Young is also shooting shooting 52 percent from the floor and has been arguably the Sixers’ most consistent player this season.

With Young sidelined, the Sixers were minus three potential starters with Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson not in uniform.

Follow the leader
Spencer Hawes scored 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for his seventh double-double this season. Nick Young continued his sharp-shooting string of games with 15 points.

Jrue Holiday had his 13th double-double with 13 points and 14 assists. Holiday committed just one turnover.

The Magic were led in scoring by E’Twaun Moore, who had 18 points. Rookie Maurice Harkless, who was selected by the Sixers in last year’s draft before being traded, scored 10 points.

The Sixers held the Magic to a season-low 61 points with 35 in the first half and 26 in the second half. It was a Wells Fargo Center record for fewest points in a game by an opponent.

The Magic shot 34 percent and were just 1 of 12 from three-point range.

Take a bow
Nik Vucivic was was selected 16th overall by the Sixers in the 2011 NBA draft. Vucevic was dealt to Orlando in the four-team trade this past summer that included Dwight Howard, Bynum and Andre Iguodala.

Vucevic had his 32nd double-digit rebounding game of the season on Monday night with 14 boards to go with nine points.

What’s next?
The Sixers host the Pacers Wednesday night in the second of three meetings between the teams this season.

In the first contest, the Pacers defeated the Sixers, 95-85. First time All-Star Paul George led Indiana with 28 points. Roy Hibbert had 19 points and 13 rebounds.

Holiday was sidelined with a sore foot that night, leaving Evan Turner to run the point. Turner scored 22 points and dished out 10 assists.

The Sixers were just 3 for 12 from long range and shot 11 fewer free throws.