Grades: Orlando Magic 99, Philadelphia 76ers 91 | Magic Basketball

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Mar 11

Grades: Orlando Magic 99, Philadelphia 76ers 91

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Orlando Magic 99 Final
Recap | Box Score
91 Philadelphia 76ers

Nikola Vucevic
7-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 BLK | 17 REB | 14 PTS | -1

Just another day in the office for Vucevic. You can’t help but wonder what Sixers head coach Doug Collins was thinking as he watched Vucevic post his second double-double against Philadelphia this season (out of three regular season meetings) and his 35th double-double overall. The same player that Collins benched in the playoffs last season in favor of Lavoy Allen and Spencer Hawes.

Jameer Nelson
9-17 FG | 5-9 3P | 5 REB | 10 AST | 24 PTS | +7

Jameerkat emerged from his burrow to play an excellent ballgame. He played distributor early on, with seven of his 10 assists coming in the first quarter. But as the night wore on, Jameer became much more aggressive offensively — particularly in the pick-and-roll. And it was his baseline jumper with the shot clock winding down and the Magic up 96-91 with 32.8 seconds left that iced the game.

Arron Afflalo
7-14 FG | 2-3 3P | 0 REB| 4 AST | 17 PTS | +5

Not a bad week for Afflalo. He was clutch in Orlando’s win against the New Orleans Hornets and he came up big again against the Sixers. Afflalo made back-to-back buckets in crunch time that allowed the Magic to pull away from Philadelphia, including a corner three with 59.8 seconds left that served as the dagger. Needless to say, Afflalo isn’t afraid to take a big shot.

Tobias Harris
7-16 FG | 1-4 3P | 7 REB | 3 AST | 15 PTS | +11

Harris had the highlight of the night when he threw a nifty behind-the-back pass to Vucevic for a dunk in the second quarter. Even though it’s admirable that Harris isn’t shy about trying to score, it’s nice to see that he’s capable of setting up his teammates every now and then. That sort of playmaking will go a long way in helping Harris become a more complete player offensively.

Philadelphia 76ers

What a strange game for the Sixers. Thaddeus Young went bonkers, Damien Wilkins somehow hurt Orlando as a scorer, and Jrue Holiday — Philadelphia’s lone All-Star this season — looked downright terrible at times. Then you had Hawes having one of his random good games. The Sixers, as a team, were all over the map en route to another loss.

3 comments
ajeetakhanna
ajeetakhanna

 You may want to check out the very last heading - I believe you meant to say the Sixers instead of the Pacers.

CarloSimone
CarloSimone

I always like to see Jameer play well against his hometown team.