Orlando Magic Snap 16-Game Road Skid in Philadelphia
Brotherly love indeed. Chester, Pennsylvania native Jameer Nelson picked the correct period to catch fire. Nelson had 12 points in the 4th quarter as he helped fuel the Orlando Magic to their first road victory since December 16th, as the pinstriped patrolmen knocked off their Philadelphia 76ers hosts 101-90. The Sixers showed tank-tastic effort by allowing Orlando to score 34 points in the deciding period. Orlando held Philly to 36.8 FG%.
Orlando had a few solid double-double efforts. Victor Oladipo out-dueled another Rookie of the Year candidate Michael Carter-Williams. ‘Dipo posted 17 points and 11 rebounds. Nikola Vucevic did his damage early and often, notching 21 points and 13 rebounds. Jameer Nelson boosted his stat line with his hot fourth quarter as Nelson managed 16 points, 12 assists, and 6 rebounds on the night. 6 Magic players chipped in to score double digits points – including Doron Lamb’s 11 points – with Arron Afflalo still out.
- The Magic entered Wednesday losers of their past 16 road games. That’s awful. But give Philadelphia credit for competing as the Sixers had lost 11 straight total contests.
- Orlando got off to a shaky start, with plenty of misses and turnovers at the rim, before utilizing an 8-0 run to stabilize themselves. Sixers maintained a 22-19 lead after the first period. Former Sixer Nik Vucevic did have nine points.
- Despite shooting 33.3 FG% in the first half, the Magic only trailed Philly 44-40 at the break. Vucevic led all scorers (13 points) and rebounders (7 boards).
- Orlando streaked to an 11-0 run and took a 53-50 lead over the host Sixers at the 7-minute mark of the 3rd period thanks to more Vooch dominance and attacking buckets from Tobias Harris and Maurice Harkless.
- The Sixers and Magic entered the fourth quarter at 67-67 after Philadelphia ended the 3rd period on a 7-0 run as the Magic could not finish in the painted area. At least Vucevic and Oladipo had each recorded double-doubles at this junction.
- In the first 4 minutes of the 4th quarter, Jameer Nelson had 10 points with mom sitting courtside. Orlando took a 85-75 lead thanks to hot perimeter shooting. The Magic rode the momentum from there.
mBo Crown Royal #ReignOn Tweet of the Night
Byron Mullens is the ultimate tanking trump card. With him the Sixers can’t be stopped
— Presto In the Paint (@PrestoInPaint) February 27, 2014
Your 18-42 Orlando Magic get to come home to Orlando for a day of practice and rest before heading to South Beach to take on the Miami Heat on Saturday.
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