Sixers Use Defense To Defeat Short-Handed Magic

Orlando not having three of their top scoring options available on Sunday night, knew that it would be an uphill battle. But the Philadelphia 76ers defensive pressure put the Magic in a hole and it lead to them winning by the score of 126-94.

Josh Richardson led the defensive charge with 5 steals and Orlando couldn’t find a rhythm shooting the basketball as they finished at 39.7% from the floor. He also finished with 13 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists in 25 minutes of action.

The Magic played Sunday’s game without all-star Nikola Vuecvic, starting shooting guard Evan Fournier and sharpshooting sixth-man Terrance Ross who all missed the game due to various injuries.

Orlando started the game the same way the did on Friday night against Boston, by missing 11 of the first 13 shots from the floor. They ended the first quarter trailing by the score 26 to 14. Even though the Magic made runs to cut into the lead throughout the game, they couldn’t get the lead under 9 points in the second half.

Without all-star Nikola Vucevic, Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid took advantage of Orlando’s Mo Bamba. Bamba got into early foul trouble and Embiid finished with 15 points and 9 rebounds in his 22 minutes of action. Joel helped the Magic get into the penalty early in the game and it helped jump start the team to get to the line 37 times in the game.

Markelle Fultz, Mo Bamba and Al-Farouq Aminu all scored 12 points a piece to lead the Magic in scoring.

Orlando will finish the preseason home schedule on Thursday night against in the in-state rivals the Miami Heat at 7pm.

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