Grades: Orlando Magic 92, Philadelphia 76ers 81 | Magic Basketball

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Mar 03

Grades: Orlando Magic 92, Philadelphia 76ers 81

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Orlando Magic 92 Final
Recap | Box Score
81 Philadelphia 76ers

Nikola Vucevic
7-14 FG | 4-7 FT | 17 REB | 3 AST | 18 PTS | +5

If it seems like Vucevic always plays well versus his former team, it’s because he does. Entering tonight’s contest, Vucevic was averaging 15.4 points and 15.8 rebounds per game against the Sixers for his career (in five games). Those are gaudy numbers. So it should come as no surprise that Vucevic nearly dropped a 20-20 game on Philadelphia.

Tobias Harris
11-20 FG | 9-9 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 31 PTS | +11

Harris scored a career-high 31 points, and he did it by attacking the rim and making layups or getting to the free throw line. That’s a big reason why he’s such a matchup nightmare at the power forward position. He can blow by opposing fours off the dribble. Even a fellow small-ball power forward like Thaddeus Young, who struggled to contain Harris at times.

E’Twaun Moore
4-10 FG | 3-4 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | +21

It’s not every day that you see Moore dunk, but that’s what happened early in the fourth quarter when he was briefly isolated on the perimeter against Byron Mullens in a mismatch. Moore channeled his inner-Allen Iverson, crossing up Mullens and finishing the sequence off with a two-handed slam. It was a rare display of ballhandling guile and athleticism from Moore.

Maurice Harkless
4-9 FG | 1-4 3P | 3 BLK | 6 REB | 10 PTS | +12

Harkless had one of the plays of the game when he blocked Hollis Thompson’s 3-point shot midway through the third quarter. Thompson caught a pass from James Anderson and had a clean look from the left corner for a split-second. But Harkless recovered in time, using his speed and length to close out on Anderson and block the shot out of bounds.

Philadelphia 76ers

When Tony Wroten made a 3-pointer from the left corner to give the Sixers a 67-58 lead with 2:51 left in the third quarter, it started to feel like Philadelphia was actually going to win. Then the Magic — led by their second unit — went on a 21-4 run that started in the third and carried over to the fourth, and the Sixers ended up losing. Again.