Tobias Harris Career Night Pushes Magic Past Philly
In what should have been one final Rookie of the Year showdown, Tobias Harris stole the spotlight and led all scorers with a career-high 31 points as the Orlando Magic defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 92-81. Nikola Vucevic chipped in with 18 points and 17 rebounds. ‘T12′ and ‘Vooch’ really stepped up with no Jameer Nelson or Arron Afflalo at their service. Thaddeus Young powered Philly with 29 points. Orlando is 15-15 at Amway Center this season following the victory.
Speaking of those rookies, Michael Carter-Williams was held to 3 points on 1-of-8 shooting in the 2nd half, 1 in the 4th quarter. MCW tallied 17 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 assists while coughing up 8 turnovers. Victor Oladipo finished with 9 points and 4 assists on 3-of-10 shooting as the Hoosier was more valued on the defensive end.
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- The Philadelphia 76ers entered Sunday evening having lost 13 consecutive games. Add another one to the tally.
- Ronnie Price got the late start at PG with Jameer Nelson being injured due to a calf strain. Price had not played since the Magic defeated the Milwaukee Bucks on January 31st. Price’s last start in his career came as a member of the Phoenix Suns in February 2012. Price was 0-for-7 shooting, but brought enormous defensive assistance.
- With Ronnie in the lineup, and Afflalo out for a 5th consecutive game due to his sprained ankle, Magic Coach Jacque Vaughn was using his 16th different Magic starting lineup this season.
- The 2nd (Sixers) and 3rd (Magic) worst teams in the league actually were playing some appealing basketball with Michael Carter-Williams and Tobias Harris carrying their team’s scoring load.
- After playing his first career NBA game Saturday in Miami, 10-day contract signee Adonis Thomas received 1st quarter action. He had an impressive And-1 fast break finish. Thomas finished with 3 points.
- Orlando was ahead 28-27 after one quarter. Tobias Harris had 13 points in 9 minutes. Michael Carter-Williams led Philly with 12 points.
- The 2nd period was very sloppy with Orlando trailing 46-43 at halftime. Both teams shot under 40%. Tobias led all scorers at the break with 19 points despite sitting over nine minutes. Vucevic already had nabbed 13 rebounds.
- The halftime act had over 120 Magic Dancers both past and present performing several dance routines to numerous songs over the 25 years of the franchise’s existence.
- Vucevic picked up his 28th double-double of the season early in the 3rd period. That’s 11 double-doubles in the past 14 games for the Montenegrin. Vucevic managed 9 points in the period before picking up his 4th foul and having to sit the final 3 minutes of the quarter.
- Despite Thaddeus Young posting 12 points in the quarter, Orlando only trailed 69-66 entering the 4th period. Tobias Harris was sitting on 27 points in 27 minutes.
- Maurice Harkless opened the fourth by tying the contest with Orlando’s first 3-point make on the evening. Orlando has now made at least one 3-pointer in 554 regular season contests. Harkless finished with 10 points. It’s the first time all season that Maurice has reached double figures in scoring for 4 consecutive games.
- Kyle O’Quinn got the Magic the lead back with an emphatic putback jam to make it 71-69. That was followed up by Andrew Nicholson actually scoring, some loose ball diving, and a ridiculous double crossover and thunder jam by E’Twaun Moore. 17-4 run in that 5:24 span.
- The last 6 minutes of the game was just the 1st unit taking care of the lead the 2nd unit got them. Orlando was up 84-76 at the 3:05 mark. The Wave broke out and all was well in Orlando.
- E’Twaun Moore poured in 8 of his 11 points off the bench in the final period. O’Quinn finished with 8 points and 8 boards.
The 19-43 Orlando Magic get a few days off to prepare for another Dwight Howard return as the Houston Rockets come to town Wednesday.
Adam Papageorgiou runs Orlando Magic Greek and is a proud MBO contributor.