After two straight losses, the Orlando Magic was glad to see the Philadelphia 76ers in the Amway Center on Sunday night. The Magic built a 29-point second half lead, and then settled for a 130-114 victory over the team with the NBA’s worst record.
Orlando wasted little time jumping on the Sixers, scoring the game’s first 11 points and taking a 40-26 at the end of the first period. Aaron Gordon’s three-pointer with 6:26 remaining in the half, bumped the lead to 57-37. Orlando led at the half, 77-51.
Victor Oladipo scored from close range with 6:24 left in the third quarter to give the Magic their biggest lead, 95-66. To their credit, Philadelphia did not give up. They outscored Orlando 21-7 to close out the period and headed into the fourth quarter trailing 102-87.
The Magic restored the lead to 23 with 8:26 remaining in the game, but the Sixers again went on a run. Two free throws by Jahlil Okafor less than five minutes later cut the lead to 119-111. Philadelphia would get no closer.
“I think we just stayed on the attack, even when they were on their run,” said Oladipo. “We’ve got to do a better job of playing with a lead. It’s something we need to get better at.”
Defense was optional many times during the game. The Magic wound up shooting 57 percent and the 76ers connected on 53 percent of their shots. Orlando hit 10 of their 15 three-point attempts.
Oladipo and Nikola Vucevic led the Magic in scoring with 28 points each. Seven Orlando players scored in double figures.
Okafor paced Philadelphia with 26 points while Isaiah Canaan added 18 off the bench. Seven Philadelphia players scored in double figures.
With the victory, the Magic improved to 26-32 on the year, including 16-15 at home. It was the second time in five days they defeated the 76ers. The loss was Philadelphia’s eighth straight, bringing them to 8-51 on the year and 3-28 on the road.
On Tuesday, Orlando will be in Dallas to face the Mavericks. The Magic beat Dallas on February 19 at the Amway Center in overtime.