The Orlando Magic know a thing or two about playing shorthanded.
No stomach virus this time.
Instead, with the grand purge of Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat, Rashard Lewis, and Mickael Pietrus, as well as an injury to Jason Williams, the Philadelphia 76ers were able to beat the Magic — a team that was playing with seven players for half the game — by the score of 97-89. The Sixers were led by Elton Brand, who had 20 points, 13 rebounds, and three blocks. Andre Iguodala finished with 21 points and seven assists, while Lou Williams contributed with 24 points, six rebounds, and two steals. Dwight Howard had his first 20-20 game of the season for Orlando, putting up 26 points, 20 rebounds, two steals, and two blocks. Jameer Nelson had 17 points, nine assists, and five rebounds, while Brandon Bass had 18 points and eight rebounds. It was an uneventful game, considering Magic fans are curious to see Gilbert Arenas, Hedo Turkoglu, and Jason Richardson in action.
There’s not a lot to write about, to be honest.
It was, understandably, an emotionally and physically draining game for Orlando and Philadelphia took full advantage of the situation.
The Magic were able to keep it close for a half but in the third quarter, the Sixers got on a roll offensively and put things away in the fourth quarter.
With Arenas en tow in Orlando and Turkoglu as well as Richardson eventually meeting with their new team on Monday, Magic fans will learn a lot more about the new-look roster soon enough.