Orlando Magic Feast on Philly – EAT THAT TURKEY!
In what was a tight contest that last season’s Magic squad would have likely lost, but rookie stud Victor Oladipo drilled a left elbow 3-pointer with 3:03 to go in regulation over a stumbling Michael Carter-Williams to put the Magic comfortably up for good. The Orlando Magic won their second consecutive game in as many nights, as they defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 105-94 in front of 15,839 pre-Thanksgiving spectators. The short-handed Philly squad kept the game close as they have all year, but the Magic used a balanced scoring attack to fend off the feisty underdogs.
Nikola Vucevic led the team in scoring with 21 points and 16 rebounds including a huge defensive block down the stretch. Four players total scored over 18 points, including 18 each for Victor Oladipo and Arron Afflalo and 19 from Glen Davis.
“We went to him. He demanded the basketball, and he got it.” – Jacque Vaughn on Arron Afflalo’s strong second half.
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- Riding the momentum of finally beating the Hawks, Orlando picked on a weakened Philly roster by pouring in 33 first period points. Vucevic and Oladipo combined for 21 of the 33. Jacque was smart to utilize his depth to grind the Sixers into a fatigued state of pain as TEN pinstriped patrolmen participated in that opening quarter. Both teams shot 52%, but Orlando utilized its size advantage to gobble up more rebounds.
- Referee Tre Maddox heard ‘something pop’ in the first quarter in one of his legs and the game was played with just two officials the rest of the evening.
- Jameer Nelson sprained his left foot in the 2nd quarter on a pick-and-roll play and did not return. Jameer finished with 3 points and 4 assists on 1-of-5 shooting. Nelson’s status over the next few days is unknown.
- The Montenegrin machine must have really been hungry for turkey. Vucevic in the first half was 8-of-8 from the field and had 17 points and 10 rebounds at the break as the Magic led 55-50 despite Philly finishing the second period on a 10-0 run.
- One lucky Magic fan nailed a midcourt heave at halftime and won himself $1,000. Great form too.
- For the second consecutive game, E’Twaun Moore found himself starting in the 2nd half after beginning his night on the bench. Tuesday it was because of Oladipo’s 4 personal fouls. Wednesday because of Jameer’s injury. E’Twaun finished another victory with 7 points on just 2-of-8 shooting. But Moore compensated, adding 6 rebounds and 3 assists.
- Random: Twice Arron Afflalo lost the ball driving to the hole, and both times they were immediately converted into emphatic dunks. One from Vucevic, the other from E’Twaun.
- Afflalo was 1-of-9 to begin the contest before burying two consecutive jumpers the third period as Orlando was up 72-65 at the 3:13 mark. Afflalo had 11 fourth quarter points when his team needed them most.
- Ronnie Price’s first action of the evening came late in the 3rd period. Within checking in he went behind the back on a drive, split three Sixers, and hoisted up a silky smooth floater. All net.
- At the 8:30 mark of the 4th period, the Sixers missed their 5th free throw attempt and free McDonald’s French fries could be had for all who desired. Orlando was unable to drill five 3-pointers, so no spicy chicken sandwiches from Chick-Fil-A.
- I admire Sixers Head Coach Brett Brown for playing so much defense while standing on the sidelines. He acted as his team’s own 6th Man.
- Orlando has now won 21 of the last 25 matchup meetings against the 76ers.
The 6-9 Magic host the San Antonio Spurs on Friday. Enjoy your turkeys, Orlando, it tastes juicier after a win.
Adam Papageorgiou runs Orlando Magic Greek and is a proud MBO contributor.